Spinach Squares

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.   

Spinach Squares:

  • 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.

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9 Responses

  1. The Spinach Squares are D…….lish

  2. I’m also always looking for good hors d’oeuvre recipes, and keep going back to the spinach artichoke dip (it’s just SO good!).
    Should we set a salad date?
    Oh and btw, if you haven’t already, check out my somersaults giveaway. 😀

  3. ooh, like little fritata squares 🙂 yum! and i love how easy it is, too. did i tell you about the cookie swap i’m planning for after the holidays? jan 10th (too crazy to get it in before christmas). let me know if you’d want to come!

  4. That is an amazing idea!

    If I am not too loss on my mother tongue (which is French), I believe looking for hors d’oeuvres instead of appetizers on google was a great idea 🙂

  5. Wow these look amazing! Good substitute to the traditional spinach and artichoke dip I always make (and no double-dipping during flu season)! Looking forward to seeing what you whip up around the holidays 🙂

  6. I need a quick app. for tonight! I am going to try these they look amazing!! I will let you know how it goes.

  7. I made them last night and they were a HUGE hit! So yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Simply delicious!

  8. Yay Beth! I am so glad you liked them! They are like little spinach brownies, aren’t they?

  9. […] that guests could snack on while sipping a drink prior to dinner. I made these ol’ standbys: SPINACH SQUARES.  My sister-in-law refers to them as spinach brownies. How cute, right?! Give them a try if you […]

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