Italian Style Baked Spinach and Cheese ผักโขมอบชีส สิบสามเหรียญ

Spinach_doneThis is indeed another kitchen shortcut, but I kinda like those. You could make your own creamed spinach, but this is really a way to add another dish to your table without taking a lot of effort.

This recipe was inspired by ผักโขมอบชีส (spinach baked with cheese) at 13 Coins Restaurants in Bangkok, Thailand, a favorite local restaurant that straddled the line between a Thai restaurant and an American one. We used to order the baked spinach every time we ate there. The last time I saw Nan Jibson, she asked if I knew how to make this dish. I told her I did and that I would post the recipe soon. It only took 5 months. 🙂

  • 2 packages Bird’s Eye Steamfresh Lightly Sauced Creamed Spinach, 11 oz (or equivalent amount of another creamed spinach product be it purchased or home-made)
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced. (Can use grated or other types of mozzarella, but fresh is really nice in this one)
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/16 to 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg. If you only have ground nutmeg, throw it in the trash can and omit the ingredient. 😀
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Spaghetti/tomato sauce, whatever kind you like, shouldn’t be too chunky though

Spinach_Birds Eye

Microwave the spinach packets as directed but don’t cook them the full time. Make sure the spinach is just hot. Probably shave 30 seconds to 1 minute off the cooking time of one bag. Then pour the spinach into a large sieve and allow to drain for 10 minutes or it looks like it’s not going to give up any more liquid.

spinach_assemble

You may notice in these pictures, I am only making one packet of spinach. I used the other side of my baking dish to roast an Italian sausage at the same times as the spinach. Why not? 🙂

Transfer the spinach to a baking dish. Mix in 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, nutmeg and black pepper then smooth/level out. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese on top. Add a layer of tomato sauce. Cover with the slices of mozzarella and bake in a 400 degree oven until hot and bubbly. Let sit for a few minutes before serving.

Spinach_ready for oven

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About Joe Graff

President and co-owner of DC based design studio, icon werx, inc. Lived in Thailand for 8+ years (2003-2011). Rheumatoid arthritis and triple joint replacement patient.
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One Response to Italian Style Baked Spinach and Cheese ผักโขมอบชีส สิบสามเหรียญ

  1. flyfishbrat says:

    Oh Joe, I love the simplicity of this recipe. Thank you for sharing it.

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