This was my Granny’s go-to recipe, the one that came with her to all the family gatherings. Other people have Green Bean Casserole at Thanksgiving & Easter; we have Gran’s Spinach. As children, many of us skipped this dish, but eventually we all came to love it. The cream cheese and sour cream combine with the bacon and spinach into a creamy, comforting experience. However, as she got older the horseradish got stronger, so we ate smaller and smaller portions. Maybe she did that on purpose so that she had more left over for later (it wouldn’t surprise anyone)! Since we don’t usually have horseradish on hand at my house, we substitute fresh garlic instead and enjoy Gran’s Spinach with a little less “kick.” For special events, it is a nice alternative to more commonly used vegetable dishes. This could also be served on crackers or crusty bread slices as an appetizer.

Gran’s Spinach
6 slices bacon
2 bunches spinach
1 TB grated onion
1/2 c sour cream
3 oz. cream cheese
1-2 TB horseradish sauce OR minced garlic (for a more mild taste)  *optional* substitute fresh horseradish instead

Directions: Preaheat oven to 350°.  Brown bacon & crumble.  Cook spinach and onion according to directions on box.  Drain.  Soften cream cheese.  Mix everything together & place into greased pan.  Bake for 35-40 minutes. Happy Birthday Gran!