Thursday, March 4, 2021

Spinach Dumplings (1981)

  • 1 1/2 lbs spinach
  •  4 scallions
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tspn basil
  • 1/2 tspn freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Wash the spinach well and dry it thoroughly. Chop the scallions and the spinach finely in a processor and transfer them to a mixing bowl. 

Add the ricotta, breadcrumbs, eggs, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, basil, and nutmeg, and beat them with a wooden spoon or electric mixer. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Spread the flour on a sheet of wax paper. Take a heaping tablespoon of the spinach mixture, and roll it into a 3-inch sausage shape with your hands, then roll it in flour. Continue in this manner until all of the mixture is used. Pour 1/4 cup of cream into a 9-x-13-inch baking dish.

Boil at least 2 inches of salted water in a deep skillet. Reduce to a simmer and immerse 6 to 8 dumplings at a time. The dumplings are cooked when they float to the surface. Remove them with a slotted spoon, draining off all water.

Place them neatly in a line in the baking dish, and repeat until all the dumplings are cooked. Distribute the remaining Parmesan cheese over all the dumplings. Bake for 10 minutes. Serves 6 to 8.

(Note - "The spinach mixture can also be spooned into a casserole, topped with 1/2 cup heavy cream, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and baked at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.)

More "Lost" Spinach Recipes
Lawry's Creamed Spinach with Bacon (1938)
Spinach Gratin with Eggs (1952)

(Origin - "Fresh Garden Vegetables" by Libby Hillman, published by Irena Chalmers Cookbooks, Inc. 1981.) 

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