Spinach Madeleine

Spinach Madeleine

Serves 4

Largely influenced by the classic Louisiana recipe, this Spinach Madeleine is easy to prepare and ideal for both cheese and spinach lovers.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 pound baby spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 ounces pepper jack cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup fresh or dried whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
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Method: 

Preheat oven to 400°F. Cook fresh spinach over medium high heat in a large dry non-stick skillet with a pinch of salt until completely wilted, about 4 minutes. Remove spinach with a slotted spoon, leaving the liquid in the skillet. Set spinach aside.

Pour liquid from the skillet into a small bowl and set aside. Wipe skillet dry. (Alternately, you may use two 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, if desired. Just cook according to package directions. Drain spinach and reserve 1/2 cup liquid. Proceed with the remainder of the recipe.) Melt butter in the skillet over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, until blended but not brown, about 1 minute. Add onions and cook until soft but not brown, about 3 minutes. Add reserved spinach liquid and heavy cream very slowly, stirring constantly, to avoid lumps. Cook until smooth and thick, about 30 seconds. Add salt, pepper, celery seeds, garlic, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce and cheese. Stir until melted, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add spinach back to skillet and stir to completely blend.

Spoon the spinach into a serving dish. Combine bread crumbs with olive oil and sprinkle over the spinach. Serve immediately, or bake for 15 minutes, or until bread crumbs are crispy and golden and spinach is hot and bubbly.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:500 calories (360 from fat), 40g total fat, 22g saturated fat, 115mg cholesterol, 770mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (7g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 16g protein
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