I always find it interesting how much food is tied up in our identities, both personal and cultural. Comfort foods and how they work their way into people’s psyches fascinate me.
My own chosen comfort foods are all tied up in memories of good times rather than the food itself. Don’t get me wrong, the food needs to be tasty stuff. But the connection to happiness tend to be what makes them stick with me. I like pimento cheese and cornbread crackers after having them several times with work friends. We’d take breaks together, laugh and just enjoy ourselves in general.
This spinach casserole isn’t haute cuisine or fancy by any stretch of the imagination. But if someone asked me about comfort food, I think this dish would be at the top of my list, along with my Grandma’s Swedish meatballs. Warm and slightly gooey, it hits several of the comfort food highlights.
We only used to have it when my Dad was out of town. (Dad couldn’t stand cooked greens or the smell of cooked greens.) I came to see it as something special that my Mom would make for my brother and I when it was just the three of us. And, side note, it made me love spinach. You can serve it as a side but we typically make it the main event.
- 1 16 oz package frozen chopped spinach, liquid squeezed out
- 1.5 cups cooked brown rice
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 lightly beaten eggs
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- ⅓ cup milk
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion (or dried minced onion)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 ℉.
- In a large bowl, stir all ingredients together until well incorporated. Pour into a greased 8x8 or similarly sized baking pan.
- Bake for 25-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and let cool for around 10 minutes. Cut into servings and serve.
Don't get too hung up on proportions. I've taken some liberties with them myself when adapting this from the original recipe. If you have a 10 oz package of frozen spinach, you don't need to worry about more. No brown rice but you do have white rice left over from dinner at the Thai place last night? You're golden!