Creamed Spinach

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I fell in love with creamed spinach when I first tasted the at Peter Luger’s. Although I got tired of the creamed spinach taste quickly the first time, the second time, I enjoyed every spoonful I scooped from the dish.

Unfortunately, like most food at a steakhouse, creamed spinach is not very healthy. So I searched for a creamed spinach recipe that didn’t use so much cream or butter. Apparently, I wasn’t the only health food enthusiast who wanted a healthy version of a vegetarian dish, so I quickly came across a recipe at Eating Well.

Although the recipe doesn’t live up to the creamed spinach served at Peter Luger’s, it held its own in my opinion. The spinach was wilted and replicated the texture of that found in Peter Luger’s creamed spinach dish. Plus, the creamed spinach resembled a delectable old swamp, which pretty much sums up the appearance of creamed spinach in general.Cooking creamed spinach is broken down into two major parts: wilting the spinach and making the sauce.

Fresh Spinach in Pan

To wilt the spinach, simply cook spinach in oil for a few minutes until the spinach has reduced in volume by about seventy percent.

In the meantime, create the sauce by melting some butter, adding flour to the butter, and finishing the sauce off with an assortment of seasonings.

Pork Chops and Creamed Spinach

Note that when I cooked creamed spinach, I left out parmesan cheese and nutmeg (both of which were in the original recipe). The dish tasted fine without them, but I think the amount of flour used to thicken the sauce is a bit too much. Also, I used gorgonzola cheese instead of parmesan cheese.

Adapted from Eating Well

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced shallot, or sliced red onion
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach, tough stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese

Directions

  1. Cook onions in oil for about 30 seconds, then add spinach. Cook for another 2 minutes until the spinach is wilted.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan using medium-high heat.
  3. Add flour to melted butter; then add milk, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 1 minute.
  4. Combine the wilted spinach and onions with the sauce. Sprinkle on some parmesan cheese.

About Earl

Hi, my name is Earl. I am a student who loves to analyze food and eat healthy. My careful eye for food has caused me to become interested in the science behind food and cooking, and I write about my explorations into food on my website Toastable.com. While I believe in sticking to whole, natural foods, I'm not afraid to work with avant-garde ingredients and equipment such as constant temperature water baths and sodium alginate. I also love photography, technology, and journalism.

28. July 2010 von Earl
Categories: Recipes | Tags: , | 4 comments

  • handson wu

    never really liked spinach that much….

    but that chicken (i think?) looks mouthwatering!

    • http://toastable.com earl lee

      It's pork!

  • Phyu-Sin

    One. I love gorgonzola cheese. Two. Can this replace spinach dip to eat with tortilla chips?

    • http://toastable.com earl lee

      Yea, gorgonzola is really good! It sounds funny though lol. I don't think you could replace spinach dip with the creamed spinach. You would have to add more salt maybe, but creamed spinach has a significantly more modest, neutral flavor than spinach dip.