Last week when I wrote about my Momma's birthday bash, I mentioned that I had made an excellent Spinach & Mushroom Brunch Bake for her brunch; it's also the same casserole that the three lovely friends of mine made for my baby shower. Some of you requested the recipe, and here it is! This is a definite hit, very flavorful and full of wonderful veggies...and also all the other delectable things that make it all the more yummy! <grin>
Courtesy of The Junior League of Phoenix's cookbook, Desert Treasures
(my most favorite cookbook, by the way)
6-8 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 tsp. thyme
2 TBSP fresh basil, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 pound spinach, blanched and drained
1/3 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 pound ricotta cheese
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
4 ounces Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- Place one-third of croissants into buttered baking dish (9x13 in.), crust side down.
- Saute mushrooms in 3-4 TBSP butter until softened. Stir in tomatoes and herbs. Set aside.
- In the same skillet, melt remaining butter and saute onion until soft. Stir in spinach, bacon, ricotta and 1/3 cup of Parmesan.
- Spread this mixture over croissants in a 9x13 baking dish. Cover with another third of croissants, crust side down.
- Spread mushroom mixture on top. Sprinkle with Mozzarella and place remaining croissants on top.
- Mix eggs with milk, pepper, nutmeg and salt. Pour on top of casserole and press down on croissants so all pieces are moist. Cover and refrigerate for one or two days.
- Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan. Drizzle with some melted butter and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until warmed thoroughly and brown.
This would make an excellent Christmas morning brunch bake, served alongside a coffee cake (that could be used as Jesus' birthday cake lit with candles!), OJ, milk, coffee, tea and fresh fruit. It works well because you need to make it in advance 1-2 days and so all you would have to do on Christmas morning is pop it in the oven. If any of you make it, come back and let me know what you think. Off to go take a walk on this gorgeous December morn. Hope you all have a blessed day!