Skip to main content

Nancy's Creamy Florentine Spinach Dip

We recently celebrated several of the August and September birthdays with Shawn's side of the family.  Shawn and I made his incredible and humongous (1/4 pounders) homemade meatballs with a homemade sauce that simmers all day long.  I'll share the recipes in another post because it's another favorite.  Anyway, I wanted a green side dish or appetizer besides a salad and remembered as a child my Mom making Squash Florentine for some of her dinner parties.  It is an elegant dish of yellow squash hollowed out and then filled with a creamy spinach mixture, and topped with a crunchy and oh so buttery, cracker topping.  The first time Shawn's Mom, Dad and his Grandmother came to dinner my Mom helped me make Squash Florentine for them.   It was my first time to have dinner guests (that I really wanted to impress anyway)!  Over the years I've made it off and on but somewhere along the line I began making it sans squash because my kids usually just ate the filling.  Well, I thought I'd make that as a side dish with the Spaghetti & Meatballs (meat-a-ball-a as we say!), but I couldn't find the recipe so I winged it and made a dip relying on using some of what I knew went into the original dish.  I thought I'd make a roux and go from there.  It turned out wonderfully.  Everyone loved it so much that I made it again a few nights ago, to which it again received rave reviews.  We had perfectly grilled filet mignon with it the second time around and I think the Spinach got more oohs and aahs from the kids than did the steak.  That is an accomplishment in this house! 

Most of the measurements are approximate so you can adjust to your own taste.   Here's how I made it and I'm sorry in advance for the bad lighting in the photos but fortunately that doesn't make a difference on the taste!

Nancy's Creamy Florentine Spinach Dip

2  boxes / packages appx. 10 oz frozen chopped spinach
cooked according to package directions, squeeze out liquid and set aside
4 hard boiled eggs, diced and set aside
6 Tblsp butter
3 Tblsp chopped dried onion 
1/2-3/4 cup flour 
4 oz softened cream cheese 
3/4 -1 cup milk t
3/4-1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 - 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Mix together and set aside

1 roll Ritz crackers crushed or pulverized in food processor
4 Tblsp softened butter 
A big handful or two (I'm guessing about 1 - 1/2) cups shredded cheddar or cheddar-jack cheese (the cheesier the better, IMHO).

Saute the onion in the butter over medium heat until the onions have softened up.

 Sprinkle the flour over the butter a little at a time as if making a roux and you'll have what resembles dough.

Stir in the milk slowly, then add the cream cheese (you might have to use the back of the spoon to blend it in) and then add the parmesan cheese. 
Your mixture will resemble mashed potatoes.  Now stir in the nutmeg, salt and pepper
And then the spinach...
 and lastly, the the hard boiled eggs. 
Spread the spinach mixture in a greased casserole (I used a glass one that was about 9 x 11 but you could use a little bigger or smaller if you wanted) Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until it is thoroughly heated.
While the spinach is baking combine the crushed crackers and softened butter with a fork, like you would flour and butter making a pie crust dough.  
 Once the butter is blended in, toss in the shredded cheese and stir it with the fork so it looks kinda like this.  

 Sprinkle the topping over the baked Spinach dip and return to the over for 10 or so minutes until it's golden brown on top.  The second time I made this I thought I'd browned the topping too was a little past golden, but everyone seemed to like it better as it was extra just brown as much as you think you'd like it.  The crunchy part is SO good!

Serve with crackers or simply as a side dish.  No one will complain either way!  And there you have it. 
 Buon Appetito



  1. Wow! This really sounds delicious. I'm going to bookmark this recipe and try it out a little closer to Thanksgiving when we start to have family gatherings. Thanks for the recipe, Nancy!

  2. Looks delicious, Nancy. Can this be made ahead of time? I'd like to make it for a Thanksgiving appetizer, but would have to put it together before the big day. Thanks, Rosie

    1. Hi Rosie, Yes, you can make it ahead! Just keep it in the fridge until you are ready to bake it. You might add a few minutes to the bake time since it's going in the oven cold. Enjoy!

  3. Thanks, Nancy! I'm sure my family is going to enjoy this! Rosie

  4. Looks like a tasty appetizer. Thanks for sharing. Happy Fall!

  5. Your such a good cook Nancy! That looks delecious! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


Post a Comment

I love hearing from my readers. I appreciate the time you take to post a comment and I read them all.

Popular posts from this blog

English Cottage Living Room - Before, Partly After & Still a Work in Progress

I am sorry for not posting more pictures of the progress we've made settling into this new (to us) home.   It seems life rushes by so fast and that at times, doing little things, even those that I love and enjoy, often get pushed aside and onto the back shelf of my mind where I tell myself, "I'll get to this later".  Well, it is later and though I don't have as much to share with you as I'd like, I'm going to at least share my favorite spot in our living room.  I promise to show the rest of the room soon but for now the opposite half of the living room has been occupied by my daughters boyfriend who has been staying with us for the past 7 or so weeks until his apartment is ready for him to move into, and so the couch is usually made up for him to sleep on!   Here is a photo of the current living room just as we found it, a small room just off the entry of the house with a nice marble and wood fireplace surround, hard wood floors, beautiful crown mouldi

The History of Johnson Brothers and The Friendly Village Tablescape

Last week, Shawn and I popped into a couple of estate sales and I picked up over 100 pieces of Johnson Brother's The Friendly Village .  I think I may have to hang on to 12 of the dinner plates and use them this year at Thanksgiving but the rest of them, including this 48 piece service for 8, will be you know where. I don't know about you all, but I have had enough of Summer and I am down right ready for the cooler temperatures of Autumn.  I've been doing a lot of rearranging around the house….I'm in one of those zones where I've got a zillion projects going on, even if half of them are just in my mind that I'm contemplating!   We've also been moving kids out and around.  Three of them are out and the three still at home are moving or rearranging their rooms around.    Since I am yearning for Fall, haven't posted any tablescapes in a while and just got these Friendly Village pieces I decided to set the table with them.      Oh great, I

More Traditional Red White & Blue Rooms with Transferware

A couple of weeks ago I shared some pictures of beautiful rooms in red and blue color schemes decorated with transferware .    Here is another roundup of rooms that I adore, all with red and blue color schemes and all with transferware!  Enjoy!  (via Traditional Home) (via enchanted home) (my old living room) Joining some of the following parties: Between Naps on The Porch Transformation Thursday at  The Shabby Chic Cottage Feathered Nest Friday at  French Country Cottage Friday Inspiration  At The Picket Fence Cindy at  My Romantic Home Funky Junk Interiors Charm of Home No Minimalist Here WOW  Amaze Me Mondays  Making Monday Link Party  Motivational Mondays  What'd You Do This Weekend?   Inspire Me Monday   Make It Pretty Monday   Monday Link Party  Inspire Me Monday 

Decorating with Brown Transferware & $100 GIVEAWAY

Brown was introduced as a transferware color around 1829-30 and is the least expensive of colors to make. Therefore it is fairly common, so far as transferware goes, to find.  It is also one of the most collected colors and it is probably the most versatile of colors in my opinion.  Brown is neutral and looks good with any color scheme from pastels to rich jewel tones, but it is with the ushering in of Autumn that I see it popping up in home decor and vignettes the most.  Though, most of these rooms and vignettes are decorated with brown pieces year round, it just seems the perfect time to share them.  I may have to do another post because there are so, so many more equally beautiful spaces that have incorporated the use of displaying brown transferware  and I can't fit them all here. So, check these lovelies out and then stick around for the giveaway at the bottom of the post. This vignette just stole my heart the first time I saw it.  So many of us have vintage luggage

The Aesthetic Movement and Transferware

What is the Aesthetic Movement? The Aesthetic Movement refers to a period of time in the late 19 th century (1870-1900) which was a backlash to the formal Victorian years.  Artists and writers of the Aesthetic movement period maintained the belief that art should provide refined sensuous pleasure, rather than convey moral or sentimental messages.  They believed that art did not have any didactic purpose; it need only be beautiful.  Japanese art had a great influence on Aestheticism. Aesthetic interiors were often decorated with Japanese prints, screens, fans and other objects. An appreciation of the art of Japan is seen in the work of many Aesthetic artists and designers such as James McNeill Whistler and E.W. Godwin. photo credit Country Living The Aesthetes developed the cult of beauty, which they considered the basic factor in art. They ascertained that life should copy art and considered nature as crude and lacking in design

Decorating with Blue Transferware and a GIVEAWAY!

   If you haven't already been over to Enchanted Home , you'll want to go over after you finish this post because the wonderful Tina, who authors the incredibly gorgeous blog,  has a great post up about decorating with dishes plus she's hosting a giveaway to my online shop, English Transferware !  Details at the end of the post! I know Tina loves blue and white (just look at her header and you'll know!) and has a collection of her own. In honor of Tina, I've decided to share some of my favorite images of rooms decorated with and often around blue transferware collections.  You can see more rooms decorated with blue transferware on my Pinterest board . To me, Charles Faudree is just about as synonymous with English transferware as he his with French Country Decorating...he seemed to always find a use for it in his incredibly detailed decorating schemes.  Isn't this bedroom charming? I love this next image from Decor Magazine.  Look how the blu

My English Country Mom Cave

Susan, at Between Naps on the Porch is hosting a Home Goods Mom Cave contest with four lucky winners.  Come on in to my little niche I've carved out of my house.  This is where I work, create, relax, read and chat with friends and family. This is one of my favorite spots in the house to read about one of my favorite subjects...English transferware or poetry, and drink tea.  I often start and end my day right here. Next to the chair is an antique dumbwaiter which holds some decorative items as well as lots of poetry books.  This is the view of the room from the wing back chair.  This cozy room serves as a small living room, although it's not uncommon to have 8 or 9 of the girls in here during family gatherings.  It's usually where we all wind up to have coffee and visit. . On either side of the sofa I display some of my vintage Canine figurines on Spode meat drainers. Above the sofa are some of my favorite paintings.  The one directly over the sofa my Mom pain