A subtle spinach dish


November 19, 2003|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Dolories Gurrola of Merced, Calif., enjoyed eating a dish called spinach Marie at a local restaurant. "I've eaten it many times there and asked for the recipe, but they won't give it out. I also collect cookbooks, but can't find the recipe in any of them. Please help."

Frances Hamilton of Los Osos, Calif., responded. She wrote, "I think this is what Dolories Gurrola requested."

Spinach Marie

Serves 6 to 8 as a side dish

one 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach

4 eggs

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 3/4 cups heavy cream

2 cups mild cheddar cheese, grated

1/4 cup to 1 cup fine dry bread crumbs

paprika, to taste

2 tablespoons butter

Butter a 9-inch glass pie plate or a 9-inch square dish well. Thaw and drain spinach. Beat the eggs well and beat in the salt, pepper and cream. Stir in the spinach and cheese. Pour into the dish. Top with 1/4 cup to 1 cup of the bread crumbs and sprinkle generously with paprika. Dot the top with bits of butter.

Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven 35 to 50 minutes (start checking at 35 minutes). Remove when the center has set and the top is beginning to be golden-brown. Do not overbake.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "I would add the full cup of bread crumbs - it's needed to soak up some of the creamy liquid. The resulting souffle is rich, not too spinachy and very subtly flavored. If you want to add a little pep, saute a cup of finely minced onions in a little butter, then add the spinach briefly before stirring the whole thing into the egg-cream mixture. A dash of Worcestershire or a bit of garlic might also be nice."

Recipe requests

Jerry Linder of Paso Robles, Calif., is seeking an oatmeal-dish recipe that he had in Hawaii at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. "Someone suggested that we try the oatmeal dish, and it was the most delicious dish we've ever tasted. We left without the recipe, and I hope someone else has had it and can help."

Betty Sheppard of Baltimore is seeking a raisin-pie recipe. "I had a recipe, but when my husband died and I had to move, I lost it. Please help."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number.

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