Cream Cheese Spinach

how to get kids to eat their veggies – smother ’em in cheese (the veggies, not the kids)

Here’s a recipe that’s not only crazy-delicious but also crazy-easy.

While hubby and I both love cheese, he is not that convinced about spinach. They’re still more passing acquaintances than firm friends and this troubles me.

Despite our differences, spinach and I are old loves. In fact, I’m so co-dependent, I can’t go a week without serving it in some form.

it’s the Romeo to my Juliet

To bring hubby over into the spinach camp, I united it with our love of cheese and made this yummy spinach bake/dip.

Use it for dipping, as a side to a meal or an appetizer. Whatever, just get it in your face*

I love all cheeses, but cream cheese has a special place in my heart

*carefully. TMBL is not responsible for any burning of delicate mouth parts that may occur.

Ricotta Creamed Spinach (serves 2)

  • 6 oz baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3oz neufchatel (or any type of cream cheese – it helps if it’s slightly soft so take out of the fridge in advance)
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella
  1. Saute the spinach and garlic in butter until the spinach leaves wilt.
  2. Transfer to a large collander or sieve and press firmly until all the water runs out of the spinach. It might take a while but you need to make sure that sucker is dry as a bone. I left it in the sieve for 10 minutes, with a very heavy pot on top, so it could drain.

    it takes a few minutes but means you don’t get a soggy dish

  3. Spoon the spinach into a 10 oz baking dish, season well and mix in the cream cheese.
  4. Sprinkle the grated mozzarella over the top.
  5. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

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20 thoughts on “Cream Cheese Spinach

  1. Cheese and spinach go so well together. Baby Lady & I do a low fat spinach/cheese casserole from my Mom and Aunt that is killer and got my kids to eat spinach. I like your coupling neufchatel with the mozzarella. Have you thought about adding a pinch of nutmeg?

    • Plus that’s a lot of cheese going to waste. I love cheese too much to throw it around gratuitously 🙂

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