This is my late post from last Wednesday!:) This is one of our favorite Christmas side dish recipes. It is a very southern dish and I believe originated in the Junior League cookbook in Baton Rouge in the 70’s. We have had it every year I can remember for Christmas.
Serves: 6 servings
- 2 packages frozen chopped spinach
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons chopped onion
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup spinach liquid
- 1 (6-ounce) roll jalapeno cheese, cut into small pieces
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon celery salt
Cook spinach according to directions on package. Drain and reserve liquid. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add flour, stirring until blended and smooth, but not brown. Add onion and cook until soft but not brown. Add evaporated milk and reserved spinach liquid slowly, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Cook until smooth and thick; continue stirring. Add the cheese, Worcestershire, black pepper, celery salt, garlic salt, red pepper, and salt, to taste. Stir until melted. Combine with cooked spinach. This may be served immediately or put into a casserole and topped with buttered bread crumbs. This flavor is improved if the latter is done and kept in the refrigerator overnight. This may also be frozen.