This delicious creamy spinach casserole with cheesy panko breadcrumbs is a great side dish to serve at the holidays or any occasion.
On Thanksgiving, my husband made the turkey, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry relish. The rest was up to me. Mashed potatoes were a given, and we always like having rolls and salad.
Still, I felt like we needed to serve another green vegetable, so I made a spinach casserole with cheesy panko breadcrumbs.
My daughter always loved Boston Market’s creamed spinach, and I have tried to make it, but it’s just not the same. Instead, I experimented with a little cream in the spinach and added a nice cheesy toasted breadcrumb topping.
Crunchy and Cheesy Spinach Casserole
This is similar to the Spinach Artichoke Appetizer I made a while back. There’s something about spinach and panko bread crumbs that makes them a great match.
You could use regular breadcrumbs, but I enjoy the lighter, crunchier texture of the panko.
A spinach casserole with cream, butter, cheese, and breadcrumbs is hardly low in calories but it does have good nutritional value.
Most people think of spinach as being high in iron but it’s also a great source of protein, calcium, and several other important vitamins and minerals. For example, a bag of fresh spinach, which basically cooks down to nothing, contains over 8 grams of protein and more vitamin A and C than you need for the day, according to this chart on nutritionalvalue.org.
Perhaps that will let you overlook the extra calories.
I know everyone that came to our table liked it and there was only a tiny bit leftover which was quickly eaten the next day.
- 2 - 1 pound bags frozen chopped spinach - thawed and drained
- 1 small onion - diced
- 2 cloves garlic - minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup cream
- 1/2 cup butter melted, 1 stick
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- Saute onions and garlic in olive oil in a large pan, on medium heat for a few minutes, making sure the garlic does not burn.
- Add spinach and salt and pepper.
- Stir and continue to saute for about 2-3 minutes.
- Add cream and combine well.
- Remove from heat and pour into a baking dish, approx. 9 x 11 inches
- In a separate bowl combine melted butter, Parmesan and bread crumbs.
- Stir until combined.
- Spread over spinach.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.