Sunday, November 2, 2008
My Kitchen, My World: Germany
My Kitchen, My World is traveling to Germany this week, thanks to Roxanne of Roxanne's Road Rules. Our family hasn't had much luck finding German foods we like in the past. Something about the seasonings commonly used didn't really sit well with us. In fact, my aunt recently took a trip to Europe and during her week in Germany, she lived on apple dumplings the whole time!
There is one German dish however that I dearly love. Not sure how authentic it really is but Uberbackener Spinat mit Kase (Baked spinach with cheese) is one of my favorite ways to eat spinach. It's a quick, easy recipe that packs a flavorful punch. This time I used regular Swiss cheese but in the past I've used Havarti, Gouda, Emmenthaler... pretty much any white cheese I've had around.
Uberbackener Spinat mit Kase (Baked spinach with cheese)
1 pound Spinach -- Fresh
1/4 pound Butter
1 large Onion -- Diced
2 cloves Garlic -- minced
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 pound Emmenthaler Cheese -- Grated
1 teaspoon Paprika
1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
Wash and clean spinach of sand. Dry. Cut spinach into strips. In a large Dutch oven, heat butter until bubbly. Add onion and garlic, saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add spinach. Sprinkle with salt. Cover and steam for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Grease an ovenproof casserole. Sprinkle half the cheese over the bottom of the casserole. Add the spinach. Sprinkle with paprika, nutmeg, and pepper. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 360 degrees F about 20 minutes or until cheese bubbles.