Calhoun's Knoxville Tennessee Spinach Maria

Recipe by Kimke
READY IN: 45mins




  • Thaw spinach.
  • Squeeze as much excess water as possible from spinach.
  • Heat milk and spices in a 4 qt.
  • saucepan on medium heat to just below a boil.
  • Reduce and simmer.
  • Saute chopped onion in 1 TBSP butter on medium heat for 5-8 minutes.
  • Add onion to saucepan.
  • Combine the 5 TBSP melted butter with the flour in a small saucepan.
  • Mix until completely blended.
  • Cook on low heat 2-3 minutes.
  • Add to milk in saucepan and mix.
  • Continue to cook until sauce thickens.
  • Cut cheeses into small cubes and add to saucepan.
  • Continue to mix until all the cheese is completely melted and blended into the sauce.
  • Be CAREFUL not to BURN the sauce while cheese is melting.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Add drained spinach to cheese sauce and mix till completely blended.
  • Spoon into a 11x9x2 or large casserole and top with grated Monterey jack cheese.
  • Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
  • This can be served as a side dish or as an appetizer with tortilla chips.