This time of year, over and over I find myself searching for “good” appetizer recipes. “Good” usually means the following:
- not too difficult
- does not require too much time
- travels well
- people will actually want to eat it
I recently found myself Googling like crazy and I could not find something that fit the bill. I have a few go-tos (like this Layered Greek Dip, for instance) but I just get sick of the same thing over and over. (By the way, if I had a nickel for each time I made that Layered Greek Dip I could buy Greece and all of its feta…and olives…and olive oil…you get the picture.)
After much frustration and interchanging of the words “appetizer” and “hors d’oeuvre” in Google (because technically *I think* an appetizer is something that is served as a plated first course and hors d’oeuvres are more of finger foody snacks, or at least that’s how I distinguish them) I conceded that Greek Dip it would be. But then for some reason I remembered to consult my green binder. My green binder is a vinyl, school binder and it is bursting at the seams. It contains recipe printouts and handouts and tearouts and recipe cards and papers and clippings from all walks of life. And there it was:
A little old fashioned recipe card with a little duck wearing a ruffled apron on it and my 8 year-old penmanship staring up at me. A recipe from the 1980s. A recipe that reminds me of first communion parties and birthday cookouts and grandparents’ anniversaries. A recipe that I transcribed from an aunt on June 25. (It is dated!)
SPINACH SQUARES. Spinach Squares are the perfect appetizer (or shall I say, hors d’oeuvre). They travel well, they are versatile, they are delicious and they are straight out of the 1980s–what could be cooler than that! (That’s almost retro, right?) I promise never to forget these little bites of cheesy goodness again.
- 4 tablespoons of butter
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon dried onion
- 2 packages chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
- 2 8-oz packages grated white cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Melt butter in a glass 9 x 13-inch dish. In a medium bowl, mix the remaining ingredients together and spread into dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Let stand for 30 minutes before cutting. Cut into small squares. May be served warm, cool, or at room temperature.