Monday, April 30, 2012

Spinach Brownies ~ Really!

I keep thinking I’ve already posted about Spinach Brownies. I last made them in December and have come across my photos of them often, as I browse through my food pictures in iPhoto. So, maybe they’ve been on my mind so often that it seems I’ve already written about them.

Oh well, if I have, I have. Believe me, Spinach Brownies are worth a second look.

I first had Spinach Brownies many years ago -- over thirty years ago? The office staff stopped at the boss’ house for appetizers before going out to Christmas dinner. The boss’ wife (thanks, Mrs. Payne) made Spinach Brownies and and I have to admit, I can’t remember any other appetizer from that evening. From that day on, I was hooked!

Sorry if you’re wishing for chocolate. There's no chocolate in these brownies. Instead, think quiche. In fact, think the most delicious quiche you ever tasted, baked in a square pan and cut into brownie size pieces.

SPINACH BROWNIES
(Makes an 8-inch x 8-inch pan)

Ingredients...
1/2-cup unbleached or all-purpose flour
1/2-teaspoon salt
1/2-teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1/2-cup milk (any, but whole milk gives richest taste)
1/4-cup butter, melted (I use salted. Unsalted will work just as well)
1/2-cup diced onion
1/2-pound shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese (I prefer the white cheddar)
1/2-box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained. Squeeze out any remaining liquid by hand.



Directions...
1. Whisk flour, salt and baking powder in medium-sized bowl.
2. Mix in egg, milk and butter.
3. Stir in onion, cheddar and spinach.
4. Pour into 8-inch by 8-inch baking pan. I like to line the bottom with parchment paper.
5. Bake in a preheated 350-degree Fahrenheit oven for 35 minutes.
6. Cool. Cut into squares. Serve at room temperature.

See how easy these brownies are to mix and bake. For a 9-inch by 13-inch pan, double the ingredients.

Don’t get in a rut thinking of Spinach Brownies as only an appetizer. Can’t you just imagine serving them for breakfast or for a brunch? A late night snack?


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16 comments:

  1. interesting recipe..compliments dear..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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    1. Thanks Jay. And I hope everyone reading here hurries on over to your blog to see all the yummi-licious foods you show us how to make!

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  2. I hope today I will take my sit of the computer to make a photo of the meet rolls recipe :) Kathleen, thanks for your support on the contest!

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    1. Selena, you deserve to win the contest. Can't wait to see the photo of your meat version of Veggie Cheese Rollups. If you don't mind, I'll do some kind of a link so all my readers can see it, too. Have a good day!

      http://stepbystepinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2012/04/veggie-cheese-roll-ups.html

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  3. This is such a wonderful idea - at first glance of title I was expecting a brownie which had the magic hidden ingredient of spinach which is no longer a shocker considering we can put beans in brownies :P
    But I think I actually prefer your brownie style quiche because it looks so neat and delicious! A little bit of chilli jam on the side and I would be in heaven! Thanks my friend, have a wonderful week!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Perhaps, CCU, we could try sneaking a bit of chocolate into the chili jam!

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  4. A savory Brownie. I love your title and what a great make ahead dish for a breakfast gathering. I think I might try it with a little feta cheese. I'm bookmarking this recipe. Take care, BAM

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    1. Feta! Sounds like a possibility, BAM. Let me know how it's received. Your boys would be the true test of any recipe.

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  5. I was definitely thinking quiche, and these look positively delicious. This is one I'm definitely going to add to my recipe cards. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for commenting and glad you like the idea of a quiche-type brownie!

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  6. Really? So I can have brownies for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Thank you :)

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  7. I like the sound of savoury spinach brownies!

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    1. I know, Kevin, that's cause you love anything with cheese (and you post the best recipes for sandwiches with cheese)! I'm wonder what flavor cheese you might substitute for the cheddar? Thanks for commenting.

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  8. What a terrific appetizer. I love brownies. :)

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    1. And I love the title of your blog, Maureen! Anyways, glad you like the idea for an appetizer and hope you'll love this brownie without chocolate. Thanks for stopping by. BTW, I just signed up for email notification on your blog.

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