If you’re a regular, long-time reader here, this won’t be the first time you’ve heard me talk about Spinach Cheese Squares. Or the last time either. This recipe has been in our family for a good twenty (yikes!) years. When my sister and I were kids and my parents entertained, this recipe was often one of the appetizers that my Mom would make. I still love them just as much now as I did back then.
They whip up in nothing flat and are a great, no-fail, no-fuss way to start off any meal. This recipe was the first way I could get Nick to eat spinach when he was younger. And it’s no wonder. Enveloped by all the Cheddar cheesy goodness around it, you’d hardly know that there was a lot of spinach in there. They make many appearances on our table during the year, including Thanksgiving.
The last few times I have made the recipe, I have skipped the 2 tablespoons of butter in the beginning, and just sprayed the pan instead. You don’t miss it at all. I have also subbed the Cheddar for many different types of cheeses, mixing and matching, depending on what I have on hand. Swapping out half the Cheddar for Monterey Jack made it a bit creamier, and oh so good.
A great recipe to have in your go-to file, I hope it becomes a family favorite for you as well. Now that I’m craving a bite of these myself, I’m going to go count the hours until Thursday’s big meal.
Spinach Cheese Squares
2 tablespoons butter (I just spray the pan with cooking spray instead)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pound shredded Cheddar cheese
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
1 tablespoon minced onion
Preheat oven to 350F. Place butter or margarine in a 9×13 inch baking dish and melt butter in oven. Remove when melted, approximately 3 minutes. In large mixing bowl, beat eggs well. Mix in flour, milk and baking powder. When the dough is well combined, mix in cheese, spinach, and onion. Spoon mixture into the baking dish with melted butter. Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool 45 minutes then cut into bite-size squares.