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Help! ISO Spinach Mushroom (cream something) Bake recipe?

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When I moved to Alaska, I rented a furnished home until my furniture got there. We moved just in time for Christmas. This was pre-1995 so we didn't have a computer. The house had one single cookbook in it and I thumbed through it trying to decide what I'd fix.

I settled on a spinach mushroom bake of some kind. I pressed the spinach into the bottom of a dish. Poured some kind of cream sauce in it and placed a bunch of mushroom caps in there. I remember when I put the dish in the oven I was wary. The mushrooms were just floating around in the sauce like cereal in milk. I thought it was going to turn out terrible.

Wrong! It thickened up during baking and it was AMAZING! My 3-year-old who, at the time, absolutely hated spinach ate it like he had never had a meal.

I've searched over and over again, but have not been able to find one that sounds similar. Most you heat on the stove first and to be honest, I may have done that but none sound like they're not thick when it goes in the oven and also, that the mushrooms are floating around raw either.

I tried calling the house owner about the book when I realized my mistake, but she had sold the house soon after we moved out (we were only there a couple of months). I could just kick myself for that.

Any suggestions? I've thought about just following a creamed spinach recipe and throwing sauteed mushrooms in it, but it won't be as pretty. When mine came out, it looked like a wreath (the pressed spinach all around the sides of the round baking dish) with a creamed mushroom center. It was positively beautiful!

Many thanks if you have any ideas or actually have the recipe somewhere!

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I found that one too! Great minds think alike. :)

        The only problem was the cheddar cheese soup. I am 100% certain that it didn't have that. However, that recipe make me look for one like it and I found the one I posted below. It's as close to it as I can get I can get for now.

        I am just sick that I never wrote that recipe down!

      2. Aw geez, I'm kicking myself too!

        It sounded so great, I did a fast search as well and found nothing that matched your description. So I will ask - fresh spinach or the frozen chopped? A real cream sauce, or cream of mushroom soup, thinned?

        If I knew those two, I might have better luck searching, fingers crossed!

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        1. re: happybaker

          I can't remember if I had fresh or frozen spinach. It probably called for fresh, but at the time I was living in Alaska so I'm fairly certain all I could have gotten was frozen. In any case, I don't remember.

          It is real cream sauce and not soup. I remember making it and was thinking it was so soupy. I was certain it wouldn't turn out. Thankfully it did but I just cannot remember what I made it with! lol!

          I'm trying this one and am adding mushrooms:
          http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

          Though I'm not sure about the cheese. I don't remember cheese being in there, but it very well could have had it. I can't find Gruyere in my little town, so I'm going with white cheddar.

          If mushrooms weren't so pricey here I would just experiment. Unfortunately they are. :(

          Many thanks for any help!

          1. re: magnoliasouth

            Have you made it yet?

            Looking forward to the report!