Spinach Sausage Bake

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After a cold winter here in NW Florida, and more than a week down with some kind of “superbug” I was looking for something different to cook, that was NOT soup – don’t get me wrong, I still love soups of all kinds, just need a temporary reprieve!! I love Greek food so when I saw this recipe for Spanakopita (Spinach Bake) from a Taste of Home contributor, it caught my attention. I changed it up a bit, mainly by adding some meat to make it a hearty main course – serve with some toasted pita and you have a meal. It would also make a delicious brunch dish.

 Ingredients

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2 cups (16 ounces) cottage cheese

1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

6 ounces crumbled feta cheese (the original recipe calls for 8 ounces, but all of the containers of feta that I could find were 6 ounces, and at least $4.00, even at Walmart; not wanting to double the cost for this recipe I decided to try it with just 6 ounces which worked just fine!)

½ teaspoon pepper – if you are not a pepper lover you might want to cut back a bit here

¼ teaspoon salt

4 eggs, lightly beaten

½ pound mild sausage, browned, drained (and I always rinse mine too) – optional if you want the traditional meatless version

 

Directions

In a large bowl, mix the cottage cheese, spinach (make sure you break up those “squeezed dry clumps”) and feta cheese. Add the dry ingredients (flour, pepper, and salt).

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Add the sausage.

 

Add the eggs and mix well. Note: Cracking the eggs and beating them in a separate bowl is one of those steps I often skip in a recipe, but in this case (mainly because the ingredients were a bit spendy–didn’t want to destroy $4.00+ of feta cheese!–I made sure to do this before including with the rest of the ingredients).

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Place in a lightly greased 9-inch square baking dish.

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Bake, uncovered in a preheated 350° oven for one hour or until eggs are set and knife inserted comes out clean. Edges will be golden brown. Cut into squares. Makes 6 (main course) or 9 (side dish) servings.

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I think I’ll go heat up a leftover piece for lunch!

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3 Responses

  1. Marissa
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    Oh my gosh this sounds great! And I have TONS of boxes of spinach in the freezer that I need to use!

  2. Debbie
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    It really was delicious! I used mild sausage, but I think it would have been good the “traditional” way — meatless — also.

  3. Kelley
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    We had this last night and it was excellent! Also? My husband…the one that hates green foods except for green beans? He went back for SECONDS! Success!

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