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Recipe: Creamed Spinach

|September 21, 2011|read comments (0)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

I've gotten some emails on this as to why I don't add some nutmeg to this recipe – and to be honest with you – I wouldn't.  I prefer my nutmeg (sparingly) in my baked goods – that is how we like it and that is how I do it.

If you want to add nutmeg – be my guest – many would like it – but it would never go over in my house.

Creamed Spinach

3 lbs. fresh spinach
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon grated onion
2 cups chicken stock or milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
hard-cooked eggs for garnish – optional

I am a fresh spinach person – and I do not believe in the pre-washed spinach in a bag. As a matter of fact – I refuse to buy any of those Dole salads in a bag because it boggles my mind and I can just imagine what they do to them.

Even these fast food places use these mixes – AND THEY TASTE TERRIBLE!

Think about it – you would purchase a head of iceberg lettuce and bring it home from the market, wash and use some for salad; the remaining went into the refrigerator. And if you didn't use it within the week it turned funny and it would start to get that stale taste.

Along comes Dole (and others) selling pre-packaged and ready-to-eat salad mixes. They are sitting on the produce shelves for how long???? With an expiration date of next month or so????? Sorry – we ingest enough additives, preservatives, and unwanted chemicals now as it is. I buy FRESH – and if it doesn't last for 4 to 6 weeks (which I would not expect it to) then it's my loss. I am much too fussy on what I buy, cook, serve and eat for this junk.

Wash spinach several times in cold water to remove all sand; cut off and discard any tough stems. Place spinach in pot with only water that clings to the leaves; cover. Cook until spinach is wilted, then drain well and chop very fine.

Heat butter in skillet. Add flour and onion and cook, stirring, until brown. Gradually add stock, stirring constantly until thickened and smooth.

Add spinach, salt and pepper to taste; simmer for several minutes. Garnish with chopped or sliced egg hard-cooked eggs, if desired.