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spinach cob loaf with bread lid
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Cob Loaf

This delicious warm and crusty cob loaf with thick creamyspinach sauce is classic comfort food. Its cheesy, garlicy and filled with iron boosting spinach, and flavouredwith basil, sea salt and black pepper. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Australian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 401kcal
Author Kim

Ingredients

  • 1 Cob Bread Loaf
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups Milk
  • ½ cup grated cheese
  • 1 teaspoons crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon diced basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 packet Frozen Spinach (250 grams or 1 cup)

Instructions

Bread

  • Cut the top off the cob loaf. (cut about ¼ down from the top so that ¾ of the loaf remains). Put top of loaf off to one side as it will be needed later.
  • Hollow out the cob loaf, by picking out the inside of the bread in chunks and place on a baking tray

Filling

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C or 350 degrees F
  • Heat a pan on medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until onion starts to soften. Add the spinach and gently stir through to heat for a minute, then remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a separate pot, set on high heat and melt the butter. As the last of the butter melts, remove from heat and add the flour, stirring through with a spoon to make a paste.
  • Place pot back on stove on high heat and add 1 cup of the milk, whisking continuously and vigorously to break down the paste and to thicken the milk (this make take a few minutes)
  • As the milk starts to thicken consistency, add the second cup of milk and stir continuously for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the grated cheese, garlic and diced basil and stir through for a couple minutes. Sauce will continue to thicken.
  • Add spinach/onion/garlic mixture to the creamy sauce. Add salt and pepper, stirring through. Once combined, remove from heat
  • Pour the filling into the bread bowl. Arrange the bread chunks and bread lid on the baking tray around the bread bowl
  • Bake in the oven at 180 degrees C/350 degrees F for 10 minutes
  • Remove from oven, gently stir the cheese spinach sauce with a spoon and serve immediately.

Notes

  1. Frozen Spinach Substitutes:  In lieu of the spinach, you can substitute bacon bits or canned sweetcorn.  Fresh baby spinach can be substituted with frozen spinach
  2. Additional Flavour enhancers:  add one teaspoon of smoked paprika stirred through sauce before pouring into the bread bowl.  Alternatively, you could also try ½ teaspoon of dried curry powder.  Use one or the other, not both.
  3. A Whisk is essential to making the base dip so that you get a nice smooth consistency before adding in the spinach
  4. This recipe is an ideal size for four or five people to share as a starter, or as part of a larger platter of food.

Nutrition

Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Sugar: 5g