Monday, November 5, 2012

Spinach Cheese Squares

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And for all of you spinach lovers, here is an awesome Spinach Cheese Squares Recipe.
This is an excellent appetizer recipe for the upcoming holiday events.
I just made a pan yesterday, and thanks to me, they are about 1/2 gone.  This recipe is kind of a comfort food type recipe for me.  They can be reheated or eaten at room temperature.

Spinach Cheese Squares

16 oz cottage cheese 
2 large eggs
4 egg whites
1/4 C. chopped green onions (I use about 5 stalks)
2 oz shredded cheese (cheddar or I use Mexican blend)
3 TBSP melted butter
1 TBSP all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp minced garlic (I use garlic powder)
1/4 tsp black pepper (I use a little more)
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
20 oz frozen spinach (2 boxes) - thawed under cold water
1 oz Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray a 9" square pan (for thicker squares) or a 9"x13" pan (for thinner squares).  I like to use the bigger pan so I get more squares from it.

In large bowl, mix together the cottage cheese, eggs, egg whites and green onion until well blended. Mix in shredded cheese, melted butter, flour, salt, garlic, black pepper and red pepper flakes until thoroughly combined. 

Pour mixture into pan, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake approx. 45 to 55 minutes, depending on pan size. 55 minutes for 9" square pan, maybe 45 minutes for the 9"x13" pan. Bake until top is golden brown. Let cool to room temperature. Cut into squares. Serve at room temperature or warm.

This squares can be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen and reheated in the oven before serving.

Makes 30 small squares for appetizers or 6 large squares for breakfast or brunch.  And they are yummy.

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