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Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe

My grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller recipe ~ spinach, bread crumbs, Parmesan, butter and seasonings, cooked and then baked in a casserole. Brown, crispy topping over creamy spinach, perfect with beef or lamb for the holidays.

Spinach Rockefeller baked in casserole dish.

My grandmother was not the best cook, but just like my mom, she made a few dishes that became favorites, especially at the holidays.  My Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller is one of those dishes and a favorite of mine.

Not sure what the origins of this side dish are, Oysters Rockefeller, maybe?  The spinach topping in casserole form, without the oysters?  Maybe.  I know Gallatoire’s in New Orleans has a version of this, much more involved than my grandmother’s recipe.  And I’ve seen versions that include tomatoes.  Hmmm, not my grandmother’s.  This dish morphed from somewhere though.

Ingredients photo.

My Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller has spinach, white bread ~ both pieces and crumbs ~ butter and seasonings.  It’s topped with a bread crumb/Parmesan cheese mixture that, when baked, becomes a browned, crispy topping over creamy spinach (but no cream at all in the recipe).

Melted butter, bread, cheese and spinach ingredients.

Growing up, we had this side usually at Easter or another holiday if the main course was beef or lamb.  My dad and brother were not green vegetable eaters, so my mom made this knowing that she and I would eat most of it.  And that was totally fine with me.  I loved this spinach dish and would get nervous if a guest took a big helping, leaving less for my mom and me.

Spoonful coming out of casserole.

Spinach Rockefeller is a great side with beef, lamb or ham.  I’ve served it at dinner parties and people love it ~ something a bit different than creamed spinach.  My Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe ~ I think you’ll like this one.  Enjoy the holidays, and maybe this spinach side on your table.  If you recognize the recipe and can shed any light on where it came from, please, do let me know ~ Happy Holidays, Kelly🍴🐦

Spoon dipping into spinach casserole.

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You might also like some of my other favorite sides for the spring holidays:

Spoon dipping into spinach casserole.

Spinach Rockefeller Casserole

My Grandmother's Spinach Rockefeller Recipe with spinach, bread crumbs and Parmesan, baked in a casserole. Brown, crispy topping over creamy spinach, perfect with beef or lamb for the holidays.
4.89 from 9 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 302kcal
Author: Kelly Wildenhaus | the hungry bluebird

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes frozen chopped spinach
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 slices white bread, crusts removed, torn into pieces
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • tsps Worcestershire sauce ~ or as my grandmother and mom say, Lea & Perrins
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • ½ cup coarse, fresh bread crumbs ~ I made mine with white bread in the food processor
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400º
  • In medium sauce pan, cook frozen spinach in ¼ cup water, lid on, and stir frequently to break up as it cooks, 10 - 15 minutes.  Do NOT drain water. 
  • Add the bread pieces, butter, celery salt, Worcestershire and garlic salt, stir to combine and butter melts, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Meanwhile, make the topping.  In small bowl, combine melted 2 tablespoons butter, bread crumbs and Parmesan with a fork until crumbly.
  • Lightly butter small round casserole.  Place spinach mixture in casserole and smooth top.  Sprinkle top of spinach evenly with bread crumb/Parmesan topping mixture.  Bake in center of oven for 15 minutes, until browned and bubbly. 

Recipe Notes

Serves 4 to 6 as a side dish
Spinach Rockefeller is a great side with beef, lamb or ham.  I’ve served it at dinner parties and people love it ~ something a bit different than creamed spinach.  

Nutrition

Calories: 302kcal Carbohydrates: 18g Protein: 8g Fat: 23g Saturated Fat: 14g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 58mg Sodium: 998mg Potassium: 393mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g Vitamin A: 11763IU Vitamin C: 5mg Calcium: 246mg Iron: 3mg
Keyword: creamed spinach, spinach casserole, spinach rockefeller
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Recipe Rating




Michele

Saturday 28th of May 2022

Best spinach I’ve ever had

Rose

Thursday 14th of April 2022

I have made this three times in a month honestly.... My favorite side now...having it Sunday for Easter..try so much

Kelly

Friday 15th of April 2022

Thanks for letting me know, Rose! I LOVE this spinach recipe, too!

Deena waters

Sunday 26th of December 2021

I was so skeptical because bread????? But I always like to try one new dish at my X-Mas table each year. As I was making it all I had was soft keto white bread so I used that and it wasn’t disappearing into the spinach ( maybe the fiber content) so I hit a few times with an immersion blender and it was perfect. Everyone loved this dish and a few asked for the recipe. This dish will probably be another staple and I’ll have to find a new “new” dish next year.

Kelly

Wednesday 12th of January 2022

Glad to hear it all worked out for you, Deena. Sounds like it was well received!

Jules

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

I grew up with this being called spinach or greens soufflé. My mom used left over greens or spinach to make it and it was always a “fancy” holiday side. Easter. Thanksgiving. Christmas. Anniversaries. I loved it so much I always asked for it as a side for my birthday dinner. Steak. Layered potato bake (sometimes with cheese). Corn on the cob. Greens soufflé. And for dessert strawberry pretzel salad. Oh the memories!

Damian McDermott

Monday 31st of May 2021

Your clever recipe mirrors a savory vegetable stuffing in its simplicity. A jolly-good “Rockefeller” idea might see the addition of a schucked oyster element, or other mollusks , ie., mussel, clam, or , perhaps lobster or shrimp! Will definitely try Yours and expect to be most pleased. Ty for posting.