Spinach and tastes great in the same sentence? Before trying this dish I would never have said both those words in the same sentence, but now I do! This is my families favorite side dish. When my mom came into town I made this and she literally licked the slow cooker clean! Sorry mom, but you know it’s true! Just about every phone conversation that my mom and I have now we talk about how good this dish is! This recipe is from a cookbook by Stephanie O’dea called “Make It Fast, Cook It Slow!”
- Cooking spray
- 3 (10 ounce) packages frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- 2 cups cottage cheese
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup flour (either gf or not)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Directions: This dish requires a 2 quart slow cooker. DO NOT use anything bigger than that. I tried it and the spinach was burnt and no good. Spray the stoneware very well with cooking spray. Squeeze any remaining water out of the frozen spinach and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the cottage and mozzarella cheeses, eggs, flour, and salt. Mix together with a spoon until the ingredients are combined. Pour into the prepared slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or until the casserole has begun to brown and the casserole pulls away from the sides. Let it cook on high for an additional 20 minutes with the lid off to release the condensation (although I can never wait the extra 20 minutes before digging in).
Little Debbie’s Tip: As much as I love eating this dish it is not my favorite to put together. Draining the spinach is a pain in the A** but I have found ways to make it a little easier. Thaw out the spinach for about 10-15 minutes after taking it out of the freezer and before putting it in the microwave. That helps to make the spinach easier to work with once its out of the microwave. Being the perfectionist that I am, I ensure that there is not even one last drop of water in the spinach but I recommend not being as crazy as me. You can drain the spinach with a paper towel or your own clean hands. There is a lot of water in spinach so just be aware and drain it good! I use Pamela’s Gluten Free Flour so if you are gluten-free that’s the way to go. If you are not gluten-free than just use good old all-purpose flour. This is highly addicting so just keep that in mind and enjoy!