Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Spanach B'jibn

Finals are finally over! (ha--see what I did there?) And, sadly, so is winter vacation. :( So here I am again, with a new and delicious blog post! This time I decided to write about spanach b'jibn, a yummy dairy dish made by my mom and served to all our company: Naomi, Mike, and my aunt and cousins who visited from New Jersey over break.

It was so amazing having the family together for a week, and one of the best parts was the delicious meal of manicotti with a special side dish right off this blog. Or should I say right from my Grandma's repertoire.
This dish is really self explanatory: It's spinach (spanech) with cheese (jibn). And what could be more delicious? It's a fairly simple recipe but the result is impressive and good for a meal. Alternatively, it can also be made in separate ramekins and served separately.
To save the leftovers (if there are any:) just refrigerate it, and either microwave it later or eat it cold.
My mom was nice enough to not only make the spanech b'jibn but take pictures of the process as well, and here's the step by step:

Take a half of an onion or a whole one if it's small and sauté it in a pan with a bit of oil. After the onions are a little browned, add in the package of spinach, and wait until it defrosts and softens to take it out of the pan and transfer to a bowl. You can use fresh spinach as well.

Here's how it looks now:

Next, time to incorporate the other ingredients. Go ahead and dump in both kinds of cheeses and the eggs.

Mix it all up with a pinch of pepper and a tiny bit of salt (not too much) and pour mixture into a casserole dish to bake in the toasty oven. If you want individual portions, you can use little ramekins and serve one to each guest or family member.

After 45 min.-1 hour of baking, (about 20-25 min. for ramekins) it will be ready.
A pretty delish dish! We gobbled it right up with barely enough to reheat the next day. Enjoy!

Spanach B'jibn

1 package frozen spinach (or fresh)
half a large onion
oil for sauté
16 oz. cottage cheese
6 oz. shredded cheese (muenster, cheddar, or any of your choice)
3 eggs
pinch of salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350.
Chop onion and fry in pan with a little oil. Add spinach until it gets soft and defrosted. Put spinach and onion mixture into bowl and mix in cottage cheese with other cheese and eggs. Add a dash of pepper and a very small pinch of salt.

Pour it into a casserole dish and put in oven for 45 min-1 hour uncovered. If in separate ramekins check in 25 minutes.

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