Cajun Creamed Spinach

This is a new recipe we made for this year's Friendsgiving gathering, and it was a huge hit.

Definitely making this one again for Thanksgiving!



2 gloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Cajun seasoning, to taste. (I like Tony Chachere's.)
5 10-oz packages of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 package bacon
1/2 cup grated parmesan
10 oz cream cheese
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs or crushed jalapeño kettle chips 



Cook your package of bacon until crispy, and then chop into small pieces. 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened. This should take 5-6 minutes. Add the heavy cream, nutmeg and Cajun seasoning and bring to a simmer. Let the mixture simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.

Mix the spinach and bacon into the mixture, along with 1/4 cup of Parmesan. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted. Season with more Cajun seasoning to taste if needed.

Transfer the mixture into a 1 1/2 - 2 quart casserole dish and sprinkle with the Panko breadcrumbs or the crushed up Jalapeño kettle chips. Bake until bubbling and light golden-brown on top. Total baking time should be around 15/20 minutes. Remove from oven and serve warm!