We finally had our kids’ cookie party after snow and ice last week and I made these spinach bites, which I was glad I did. I also made store bagel bites for the kids and they were devoured in seconds by these kids below.
At least we had these tasty spinach bites to the rescue. I also made some pico de gallo with tortilla chips, pepperjack cheese and triscuits and we had cookies, of course.
I enjoyed the ease of this recipe, but I would tweak it in the future by adding some French’s onions in a can, probably 1/2 cup to add more flavor. I’d also switch up the cheese to a sharp flavor rather than the suggested Monterey Jack. This is very similar to a Quiche, especially if you allow the cheese to lightly brown on top. However, it makes a nice appetizer since you can cut them into cute triangles. They reheat wonderful in the microwave because there is no pie crust involved. The flour in the recipe acts a binder and makes the milk and cheese melt together nicely. It was a bit plain in the original recipe, so I’m going to alter this Family Circle recipe below to give it more of a zing for you if you try it out for the holidays. I’ve already purchased some extra sharp cheese for my next round of spinach bites. I’ll probably make them this week because they were so easy to throw together and it made a lot. You could double this recipe if you were making it for a crowd or wanted to serve as a side dish. It makes an 8×8 pan or a large plateful of appetizers cut into triangles.
Be sure to allow it to cool for about 15-20 minutes for easier, prettier cutting. They look so pretty on a red holiday platter. I like this snack because it’s healthy (spinach) without a pie crust.
You know me, I always share freezing tips. You could make this and freeze it just like Quiche. Reheat cooked, thawed spinach casserole (whole). Keep foil covered at 350 for about 30 minutes and then proceed to cool and cut.
I’m also thinking this would be a great toddler snack because of the nutrition. I think I’ll make some for the freezer to have on hand for Caroline when she starts eating table food. I will flash freeze individually and reheat these in the microwave. It would be a healthy breakfast item and easy way to get her vegetables in.
Cheesy Spinach Bites (18 servings)
1 cup all-purpose flour (I used white whole wheat, of course)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry*
2 cups (8 oz) Monterey Jack cheese, sharp cheddar or any shredded cheese of choice
1/2 cup French’s dried onions, optional
*Frozen spinach can be thawed under hot running water in a mini colander. Break apart and run cool water over it while it’s draining. Grasp spinach in your hand and squeeze as much water out as possible. Break dry spinach a part into your recipe. Frozen spinach can also be thawed ahead of time in the refrigerator. Use my plastic shoebox method or a plate to catch the condensation.
Heat oven to 350. Coat an 8×8 pan with cooking spray. Whisk flour, baking powder, salt. Stir in milk, eggs, spinach and cheese until just combined. Pour batter into prepared baking pans and bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool on rack for 15 minutes. Cut into squares, then cut into triangles. Serve immediately**
I reheated mine in the microwave and they were still moist and tasty. I made a second batch for New Year’s eve with Cracker Barrell sharp cheese cubes (I shredded them) and they were fantastic! Sharp makes a difference.
Do you have any other ideas about the ways you will serve spinach bites?