Sunday, December 16, 2012

Florentine de Medici is a scrumptious side dish that will have everyone eating their spinach! Happy Holidays!

Catherine de Medici (1519-1589) was the wife of Henry II of France, and therefore Queen of France during his reign (1560-1563). According to culinary historians, spinach was her favorite food and she is responsible for introducing it to the Court of France. To honor her Italian roots, she supposedly dubbed any dish containing spinach ‘Florentine.’
2 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and well-drained, squeeze to remove water
6 tablespoons flour
4 extra-large eggs, beaten
1 cup cream
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, finely shredded
1-1/2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, cubed
1/3 cup butter cubed
1 cup chopped yellow onions
1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Whisk flour and cream. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Pour into a greased 3-quart dish.
3/4 cup fine bread crumbs
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
For topping melt butter add crumbs and cheese. Sprinkle over spinach and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 - 45 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. NOTE: Sometimes I top with the Parmesan mixed with 1/2 cup Monterey Jack Cheese which has been shredded.

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