Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Grandparent Recipes - Spinach Elegante'

During the month of November, we're going to feature recipes by grandparents to celebrate the release of Life Lessons from Grandparents: A Trip Down Memory Lane (available later this week.) The recipes come from contributors to Life Lessons, from readers like you, and from our own families. If you have a recipe you'd like to submit, read the guidelines here.

Today, we welcome Elsi Dodge. Her wonderful story "S is for ..." is included in Life Lessons.


I don't know which side of the family this came down on, but it was always referred to as "an old family recipe." It's the only thing I can cook. AND everyone who invites me to a holiday meal begs me to bring it! Definitely a winner, eh?

3 boxes chopped frozen spinach
1 pound sour cream
1 package dried onion soup mix
lots and lots of shredded cheese (to taste)

Thaw spinach. 
Squeeze all the juice out.
Stir in the soup mix and the sour cream.

option 1: Top thickly with shredded cheese and bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

option 2: Stir half the shredded cheese in and bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Top with shredded cheese and heat till it's melted.

option 3: Stir half the shredded cheese in and bake etc. as above. Take to the party you're taking it to. Top with shredded cheese and re-heat.

option 4: Put in little patty-pan type dishes and serve as individual little quiche-thing-ies.

option 5: Use as dip for crackers.

The recipe card I have says it serves 8. We always found it serves about 4. Mention loudly in front of the children that it's made of spinach, so they won't take any. Then there's more for you!

Elsi Dodge is a single, retired teacher of children with special needs. Living in Boulder, CO, she travels in a 30-foot RV, with the dubious assistance of her beagle and a small saber-toothed tiger, cleverly disguised as a tabby cat. In her spare time she tutors, sings in choir, co-leads Bible study, works with a church youth group, and (obviously) writes. Her blog is www.RVTourist.com/blog.

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