Total TimePrep/Total Time: 30 min.
I don't know why the rating of this dish is lower than many others! This is one of my all-time favorite casserole dishes from "Taste of Home" magazine, bar none!!. Hubby loves it too and he is not one to appreciate an over-abundance of casserole-type meals. For the original number of servings, I DO increase the number of cans to 3. I buy lump crabmeat and am very careful to gently mix it in the mixture so the lumps will remain intact as much as possible. I also add a wee bit more salt than what is called for and a tiny bit of cayenne (1/8 tsp.) These flavorings are personal and not required for every diner. I also think shredded parmesan is better than the grated type any day, so I use that.I would personally NEVER add pasta to this dish. When done right, it's very rich-tasting as is and low-carb!
I appreciate the other reviews, and as a result modified the recipe. 1. I used whole milk (its what I have) 2. I used cream cheese instead of parmesan cheese then mixed the parmesan in with the crust, and added lemon pepper and salt. I wanted to add old bay but I didn't have any. If I make it again I'll up the amount of crab and make a baked pasta dish out of it. Then it will be a good substantial meal. Very easy to whip up however, and one pot and a couple of dishes cause I forgot to thaw the spinach in the morning.
I can appreciate what the other reviewer has posted. This dish is similar to a scalloped or creamed spinach dish. It would be a great dish to serve with your leftover rice or pasta.I had to make this one because it has my two favorites and staples in my diet in it- spinach and crab (although I enjoy the fake crab).I noticed it didnt have any seasonings listed so I salted and peppered and added nutmeg to my spinach before combining with the white sauce and cheese. Oh the other substitution I made is the addition of goat cheese instead of the parmesan. I also added some garlic powder to the bread crumbs and butter. Quite nice but I do enjoy creamed spinach.
I was absolutely disappointed by this recipe.#1 - This is not a main course. More like a dip, a side dish at best#2 - It did not taste very good. It was bland and boring. The bread crumbs were a weird gross addition. The dish looked like spinach dip but did not come out near as good. I felt like I wasted my time and money.
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