How to make it

  • Preheat the broiler. Butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish or eight ovenproof individual ramekins.
  • In a 12” skillet over medium heat, sauté the spinach in 2 tblsp of the butter with the garlic and onion for 3 minutes. Drain the spinach mixture and chop finely. Transfer the spinach into the baking dish.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt 4 tblsp of the butter. Stir in the flour and whisk until smooth. Reduce heat to low and gradually add the milk, stirring constantly with a spoon until smooth and thickened; this should take 8 to 10 minutes. Once the sauce is thickened, add the cheese, half and half, lemon juice, garlic powder, nutmeg, salt and cayenne. Cook over low heat until thickened again, about 10 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and carefully fold in the crabmeat.
  • Pour the mixture evenly over the spinach. Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and dot with the remaining 2 tblsp butter (you may need more bread crumbs if you're preparing individual servings).
  • Broil about 5 minutes, until browned
  • Let sit 5 minutes before serving.
  • NOTE: If you're making this ahead of time, skip the broiler. After you top off the breadcrumbs with the butter, cover and refrigerate. When you're ready to cook uncover and bake for about 30 minutes or until bubbly in a pre-heated 350º oven. Then change the oven setting to “Broil” and broil the top for about 5 minutes.
  • File Under: Oh So Good But Bad For You
  • I like to pretend that anything that has spinach in it is healthy. It’s one of the lies I tell myself and why I always have a spinach salad when I'm eating macaroni and cheese; I feel in some way I'm counteracting the calories and fat. I'm not, and neither is Paula Deen with this crab and spinach casserole that's made rich and delicious the Paula Deen way: with butter, cheese, whole milk and half-and-half. If you've ever made a Paula Deen recipe, you know the result is always well worth the fact that you'll have to change into your sweat pants before you finish your dinner. And that's the way she intends it to be.
  • If you're anything like me, this casserole utilizes the rarely touched underbelly of your oven—the broiler!—making the top wonderfully crispy. But it can also be made ahead of time and refrigerated, then baked in the regular part of the oven we all know and love. This can be made in one large serving or in 8 individual ramekins.

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    " It was excellent "
    angelinaw ate it and said...
    This sounds like a wonderful casserole for when the snow starts and it is just too cold to do anything outside and the heat from the oven is welcome inside. Thanks for sharing and high five!
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  • snomama 10 years ago
    Got off early today and thought I'd see whats new. This is great. Spinach is so good for you and I love the combo...
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    " It was excellent "
    greentreefrogs ate it and said...
    I've heard so much about Paula Deen. I will save this and try it..promise. :) "FIVE FORKS"
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    cnat eat crab or fish{Allergic} but Family will love this thanks high 5
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