Remember how I said there were two parts to the dinner my mom and I made for our family one night while I was at home? Here’s the other half.
The recipe I’m about to share with you comes from The Rachael Ray Magazine as one of her 30 Minute Meals. You can find the original recipe here. I’m essentially copying it here with just a few tweaks, but I want to make sure you know the original source.
This recipe was one to which we stuck fairly close, other than a slight healthification. We simply didn’t eat it as a main dish, but had small servings alongside our healthier soup as a main dish.
Let me tell you something: this bread? Really. Effing. Good. However, one piece packs a lot of punch, so you can easily stick to a small piece and feel fully satisfied.
Serves four as a main dish or 8 as a side dish
- 1 baguette, halved
- 2 tbs butter
- 2 tbs EVOO
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 3 tbs flour
- 1 ½ cups 1% milk
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 (?)-oz bag frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 1 can artichoke hearts, drained
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 cups shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Arrange the bread on a baking sheet. Hollow out the insides of the bread halves slightly to create “boats” of a sort.
In a medium skillet, melt the butter with the EVOO over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened (about 5 minutes). Season with salt and pepper.
Whisk in the flour for about a minute, then whisk in the milk and nutmeg. Cook for about 5 minutes or until thickened.
Pull the spinach apart and shred the artichoke hearts, then stir both into the cream mixture. Cook until heated through, then add the parmesan. Remove from the heat.
Spread the spinach-artichoke mixture into the hollowed-out bread halves.
Top with mozzarella.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the cheese has melted and browned slightly.
Slice and serve.
I’m drooling just thinking about it.
It’s not the absolute healthiest of dishes, but it’s definitely a healthified version of something that could be much, much worse for you. And hey, at least you’re getting your greens in! This would be a great way to get picky kids to eat their veggies.