Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Creamed Spinach


Not your ordinary spinach, this, but rather a creamy garlicky cheesy goodness that enrobes lightly sauteed fresh spinach.

Husband Jim grew up having to eat and hating spinach -- it was from a can, it was cooked even more and the resulting dish bore no more resemblance to spinach that a fish stick does to sea bass!

Slowly but surely over the years, he has realized that spinach can be good. Fresh spinach in salads. They're a good green and crunchy fresh spinach makes a good salad. (That was the first baby step).

Then oh, so very lightly sauteed in a little bit of olive oil and lots of garlic. Just until it wilts a tad. (That was the giant step)

And then that steak house classic - creamed spinach. Fresh spinach, sauteed every so lightly in olive oil with a hint of garlic. Then set aside while you melt butter, add a bit of flour and then milk (or cream if you must -- we must!) until it gets thick. Add just a hint of grated nutmeg -- there is something about cooked greens and nutmeg that just goes together. Add the spinach and pour it all into a gratin dish -- we like individual ones -- sprinkle with a bit of grated Parmesan and pop it into the oven until it is hot, bubbly and the cheese is melted.

Spinach heaven!

And it goes as perfectly with a grilled pork chop with a cranberry, port, rosemary sauce as it would a steakhouse steak!

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23 comments:

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh delicious! I LOVE creamed spinach. My sister and I used to have it -- and only it -- for lunch sometimes!

And the nutmeg is essential.

Lovely!
Cass

~Country Lady~ said...

Oh yes, Martha! How divine. This is one of our favorite side dishes. I prepare it just as you do and the nutmeg is a must. I even use heavy cream! Oh yummy. We like it wilted with the olive oil and garlic just as you described too. Your photograph has me craving some. I use baby spinach, do you?

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Oh my stars! Jesus on a mountain! I'm speechless!

Martha said...

Yes, baby spinach -- that's about all that you can find here.

GardenofDaisies said...

My husband loves creamed spinach and spinach souffle. I usually just like it raw in salad. But your recipe actually sounds good, so I might try it out.

vignette design said...

Oh, I love creamed spinach. Yours looks delish and I will definitely try it. --Delores

susan said...

I will eat spinach just about any way, but creamed is my favorite. The combination of a grilled pork chop and spinach will have to make its way to my table very soon!

Bill said...

Looks heavenly, Martha! As does your beautiful blue tablescape in the previous post! I've started collecting (thrifted) individual gratin dishes. Now I know what I'll serve in them first! Thank you. Hope your weekend goes well.

Warmest regards,
Bill

Pondside said...

That dish might, just might persuade me to try creamed spinach.
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Nancy Jane said...

Oh my...this looks so decadent and so delightful. Good thing I don't hesitate to cheat a bit on the low fat diet when it's cold. And yes, the nutmeg is a must! Doesn't it just lift greens to a whole new level??? Nancy

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I also love creamed spinach and the nutmeg I will have to give that a try for sure...

Janice said...

My mouth is watering.....

Would you also please share your incredible recipe for the pork/sauce?

Thanks so much !!!

janice

From the Kitchen said...

I can totally relate with your Jim regarding the childhood dinner that included spinach from a can! We also had asparagus from a can which, believe me, is even worse! And so many adult years passed for me before I tried fresh spinach and asparagus. Oh those wasted years! But, I've since made up for them. Will be trying your recipe soon. It looks delicious!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Delicious! I think we both would like this dish. Will give it a try.

petite nyonya said...

This looks heavenly! I love spinach, and I think watching too much Popeye cartoon when I was young has somethg to do with it. :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

My hubby loves creamed spinach but I've don't make it for him. Maybe for Valentines' Day ;) Your recipe sounds great.

Mary said...

This really looks so good I think I'm going to put aside my diet for a day and enjoy this with our supper tonight. Another great recipe Martha. Thanks for sharing.

Michael Lee West said...

We had a wilted spinach salad last night, and I kept going back for more. It put me in a spinach mood. I have an extra bag of fresh greens, so guess what I'll be cooking for a side dish to go with our steaks?

Michael Lee West said...

I didn't know the tip about the nutmeg. Thanks!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Looks delicious! I'll have to try it soon. Thank you for swinging in, pop in any 'ole time..
hugs ~lynne~

Carolyn said...

Your creamed spinach looks good! I love your blue and white tablescape too.
Have a good weekend,
Carolyn

Betsy said...

I love creamed spinach. My mom fixes it this way. I haven't had it for a long while, now I will have it soon, thanks to your post and yours looks so goooood.
Betsy

BumbleVee said...

It's hard to imagine I'm sure...but, I have never had creamed spinach...and I love spinach! Time to try this one too!