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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: Creamed Spinach + What To Do With Leftovers?

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Creamed Spinach + What To Do With Leftovers?

I love me some spinach.  Add cheese and cream to that spinach and, might want to avert your eyes.  It's not gonna be pretty when I get my hands on it.

This was originally a recipe for spinach gratin, created by Ina Garten.  I sort of diverged from that and did my own thing, and in the future will be making some further changes (maybe using fat free half-and half instead of cream?).  The end result is very reminiscent of Boston Market's creamed spinach.  Check it out...

As with any great recipe, we start with butter.  2 tablespoons unsalted, to be exact, melted over medium heat.

Into the pan goes 2 cups of diced onion, which is sauteed until translucent.

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of flour over top...

Stir the flour into the onions until absorbed, and continue stirring while the flour cooks for a minute or two.

Then pour over 1/2 cup of heavy cream and 1 cup of milk.

Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg over top, then stir everything together and allow the mixture to thicken.

Meanwhile, squeeze the water out of 3 10 oz. packages of thawed frozen spinach.  Once the spinach is as dry as can be, add to the onions and cream and mix together.  At this point, add salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the mixture into a buttered dish, and sprinkle 1/2 cup of fresh parmesan cheese on top.

Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees until bubbly.  Yum.

And that's it! Simple as can be.  As with my stuffing recipe, this could just as easily be used as a Christmas dinner recipe (that festive green color is perfect!), or as a make-ahead side dish which can be popped into the oven and ready in a matter of minutes.


TIP: Leftover spinach sitting in the fridge? No problem! Reheat the spinach in a saucepan over medium heat and add enough skim milk (or whatever you prefer) to thin it out to a saucy consistency.  A pinch of garlic, a drizzle of olive oil, and voila! You have a creamy, spinachy pasta sauce! It works terrifically well, believe me, and you can adjust the seasoning and level of thickness any way you like.  So there you go! A tasty way to use up your leftovers.

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Blogger Kathy said...

I love creamed spinach! That's about the only way I can get my husband to eat it!

November 28, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Blogger Crystal Escobar said...

Oh wow, never thought cooked spinach could look so yummy :)
I just stumbled upon your blog somehow and now I'm a new follower.

November 28, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Kathy, same here! I was so happy to even see my husband try this!

Crystal, so happy to see you here! Thanks so much for following!!

November 28, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love creamed spinach but I have never added cheese to it. What a wonderful idea. I must try it. I told you, it is good to have you back. I can eat again. lol

November 29, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Blogger Miriam said...

Ooo, that looks delicious! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

November 29, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Blogger Rachel said...

Looks delicious! I love Ina Garten - but I also love tinkering with recipes! I will have to try this one.

November 29, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Anonymous Susan: My Food Obsession said...

This looks d'lish! I love spinach

November 30, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Chaya, you're too much!

Thanks, Miriam!

Rachel, I love Ina too. Her original recipe called for a lot more cheese, but...sometimes I just can't mess too much with a perfectly good vegetable ;-)

Thanks, Susan - I'm a spinach freak! ;-)

November 30, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Blogger Leah @ Beyer Beware said...

I have been looking for a creamed spinach recipe. You have met my need. Looks so yummy!

November 30, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Anonymous Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I wish I weren't the only one in the household who loves creamed spinach or I'd make it much more often. This looks heavenly!

November 30, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Blogger Miz Helen said...

Hi Jen,
I just love Creamed Spinach and your recipe looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing and have a good week.

November 30, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Blogger Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

I've never had creamed spinach, but it sounds close enough to spinach (and artichoke) dip that I'm pretty sure I would love it!

November 30, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Blogger Pamela said...

I love veggies. And with Christmas goodies everywhere it seems like I crave them more. This recipe looks awesome. I plan to try it!

December 14, 2010 at 11:00 AM


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