Spinach Madeline

November 13, 2017

Author Notes: The recipe was first published in 1959 by the Junior League of Baton Rouge in its first community cookbook, River Road Recipes I.Food52

Food52 Review: A staple at my Louisiana family's Thanksgiving table. If you can't find jalapeño cheese, substitute with 4 ounces cubed Velveeta cheese and 2 minced jalapeños.Katie Macdonald

Serves: 5 to 6


  • 2 packages frozen chopped spinach
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable liquor (the liquid reserved from cooking the spinach)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 ounces jalapeño cheese, cubed
  • Red pepper to taste
  • Buttered breadcrumbs for topping
In This Recipe


  1. Cook spinach according to directions on package. Drain and reserve liquor.
  2. Melt butter in saucepan over low heat. Add flour, stirring until blended and smooth, but not brown. Add onion, and cook until soft but not brown.
  3. Add liquid slowly, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Cook until smooth and thick; continue stirring. Add seasonings and cheese, which has been cut into small pieces. Stir until melted.
  4. Combine with cooked spinach. This may be served immediately or put into a casserole and topped with buttered breadcrumbs. The flavor is improved if the latter is done and kept in the refrigerator overnight. This may also be frozen.

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