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Leftover creamed spinach and sour cream--what to do with it?

jsteingarten Apr 10, 2009 10:00 AM

Hello Chowhounds,

I have some leftover creamed spinach and sour cream that I'd hate to waste. Does anyone have any creative ideas on how to repurpose them?


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    gwendolynmarie Apr 13, 2009 09:52 PM

    This screams stuffing to me. Stuffed pasta, ravioli, or lasagna would make good use of the spinach (with the addition of some nutmeg, ricotta, egg, pine nuts, lemon zest, etc). As would vegetables, like stuffed mushrooms- baked, with the juice the mushrooms give during baking mixed with sour cream to make a sauce, artichokes, or piquillo peppers. You could make a sort of spanikopita, or spinach pie from any culinary denomination. On the potato line of thinking, mashed potatoes with creamed spinach - plus some make a great filling for pierogi, borek, or knishes, or, with the addition of curry and cubed potatoes and peas or chickpeas, samosas.

    On pizza with walnuts, figs, caramelized onion, and roasted beet, or artichokes, asparagus and fresh pesto would be lovely.

    With saffron, fenugreek and tomatoes, it could be a fantastic sauce.

    I think I would just make mini-quiches, though.

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    1. re: gwendolynmarie
      Richard 16 Apr 14, 2009 01:12 AM

      My immediate thought was also quiche. Get a baked shell, add sauteed onion, eggs, nutmeg. Ham if you like. I like the saffron idea, too.

    2. kchurchill5 Apr 11, 2009 11:47 AM

      Easter morning, creamed spinach and add some ham or bacon with onion. Then topped with a poach egg and serve the whole thing over an english muffin.

      I also like the pizza idea. Some sliced mushrooms and some onions or proscuitto slices with mozzarella and parm would be great. Even a couple small pizzas on a store bought crust would work if pressed for time.

      Sour cream, definitely keep for stroganoff or a pasta dish or a mexican dish or just in a baked potato.

      Thinking of that. I make a potato dish which uses mashed potatoes a layer of sauteed onions, spinach with a bechemel sauce cheese and bread crumbs. This would be perfect.

      Cook 3-4 potatoes, mash add the sour cream, some butter and mash. Put them in the bottom of a greased 8x8 dish (that is what I used), then top with the onions. Honestly I just cooked mine in the micro to soften for a few minutes. Then top with spinach (already creamed), some of your favorite cheese and bread crumbs and bake until cheese melts. You could add some diced ham and make an entire meal

      1. j
        jpc8015 Apr 10, 2009 11:46 PM

        Topped with poached eggs and Hollandaise.

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        1. re: jpc8015
          clepro Apr 11, 2009 11:35 AM

          Yes, that was to be my suggestion. Or close. I would say add a little minced pancetta or ham to the spinach. Maybe some minced red onion.
          Poach the eggs. Then gently coat the eggs with panko crumbs or bread crumbs browned in butter.
          Perch the eggs on top of the spinach. Top with a dollop of sour cream.

        2. b
          bear Apr 10, 2009 05:53 PM

          You could add some garlic and thawed frozen artichokes along with some grilled or rotisserie chicken and parmesan/romano/fontina cheese to mix with the creamed spinach, and toss with some fettuccine.

          The sour cream will keep for a while. Swedish meatballs, stroganoff or chicken paprikash?

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          1. re: bear
            alkapal Apr 10, 2009 11:33 PM

            i'm with the artichoke dip idea.

            1. re: alkapal
              Boccone Dolce Apr 13, 2009 04:55 PM

              "....i'm with the artichoke dip idea."
              Who you? Nooooo. REally? Who'da thunk it?!?!

              I just want you to know, little girl, that with each bite of the Knorr's Spinach Dip I ate yesterday (and I ate a few!) that I thought of your smiling circle- errr- face- whatever that symbol is by your name.

              1. re: Boccone Dolce
                alkapal Apr 14, 2009 12:13 AM

                boccone dolce, i'm envious! did ya get to eat the breadbowl goo, too?

                "take mayo, sour cream, knorr's packet
                mince onions, chestnuts - just hack it
                add spinach and mix
                just wait for your fix
                then eat, gain weight, buy new jacket."
                see, girlfriend, you inspire me. (i'm thinking of dr. evil and mini-me - "mini-me, you complete me!").
                ps, it's a mobius strip. not tasty like a double scoop ice cream cone -- esp. one that is populated!!

                1. re: alkapal
                  Boccone Dolce Apr 14, 2009 03:58 AM

                  HAAAAAA!! Your poem is perfect. Now I have something to sing to myself when partaking of knorr packet goodness...
                  Mobius strip= OF COURSE it is. If I wink at it, it kind of looks like mug full of coffee.
                  my ice cream family is on vacay- fitting for FL, no?

                  1. re: Boccone Dolce
                    alkapal Apr 14, 2009 04:57 AM

                    sure thing. i'll be down in fort myers next week to help mom out. maybe cook some old country-style favorites and southern desserts.

          2. todao Apr 10, 2009 11:34 AM

            That would depend on how much you have. You could top a pizza with it and add some bacon and feta to round out the topping.

            1. HillJ Apr 10, 2009 10:31 AM

              Stuffed in a chicken breast, flank steak or added to fresh crabmeat as a new dip !

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                rememberme Apr 10, 2009 10:26 AM

                For some reason, my mother would serve creamed spinach on french toast. At the time, the french toast was made with Wonder bread or the equivalent. In fact, the two go together reasonably well.

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                1. re: rememberme
                  kattyeyes Apr 10, 2009 12:32 PM

                  <<For some reason, my mother would serve creamed spinach on french toast.>>

                  'cause back then anything *creamed* was destined for toast (and likely Wonder bread):
                  - creamed chipped beef on toast
                  - creamed eggs on toast
                  - and so on and so on and shooby dooby dooby

                  Creamed anything on toast sounds good to me. ;) But I love the pasta idea, too. I used to make a spinach noodle casserole fairly regularly. Mmmmm!

                2. dockhl Apr 10, 2009 10:04 AM

                  Crepes or souffle..............omelets.............toss with pasta................

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