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Calhoun's Spinach Maria Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Carolyn Ellis Rose
Added: Friday, August 21, 2009

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
5 (10oz) pkgs. frozen chopped spinach
4-1/2 c. milk
1 tsp.dry mustard
1 tsp garlic powder
1-1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 T. butter
6 T. flour
8 oz. velveeta cheese, cubed
8 oz cheddar cheese, cubed
4 oz Monterey jack cheese, cubed
1-1/2 c. grated Monterey jack cheese, for topping

Directions:
Directions:
Thaw spinach,squeeze as much excess water as possible from spinach. Heat milk and spices in a 4 qt. saucepan on medium heat to just below a boil. Reduce heat and simmer.
Saute onion in 1 T. butter on medium heat fro 5-8 minutes. Add onion to saucepan.
Combine the 5 T. melted butter with the flour in a small saucepan. Mix until completely blended. Cook on low heat 2-3 minutes.Add to milk in sauce pan and mix. Continue to cook until sauce thickens. Cut cheeses in small cubes and add to sauce.. Continue to mix until all the cheese is completely melted and blended into the sauce.
Be CAREFUL not to BURN the sauce while the cheese is melting. Remove from heat. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Add drained spinach to cheese sauce and mix till completely blended.
Spoon into 9 x 13 x 2 in. casserole and top with grated Monterey jack cheese.
Bake @ 350 for 12 - 15 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
This can be served as a side or as an appetizer with tortilla chips.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
12
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
45 minutes to 1 hour
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Bill and I go to Gatlinburg often. We have many favorite restaurants and Calhoun's is one of them. Spinach Maria is one of their signature dishes and it is WONDERFUL!. Even if you think you don't like spinach you will find this dish YUMMY!!!! It can be cut down if you don't want a large amount but it is terrific left over. This recipe was printed in the Knoxville paper.

 

 

 

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