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Retro Side: Creamed Spinach

This year instead of serving the requisite green beans at Thanksgiving, I've decided to reinvent a retro classic. Creamed spinach is a dish from my parents' past that is sure to tantalize the tastebuds. Fresh spinach is sautéed with a mixture of garlic, cream, and cheese. The end result is a side dish that is both nostalgic and rich. Creamed spinach is a delicious addition to the Thanksgiving table. It's also great in the company of roast chicken, pork tenderloin, meatloaf, or steak in red wine sauce. For the scrumptious recipe,

Creamed Spinach
From Tyler Florence

3 pounds spinach
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, lightly smashed
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Wash the spinach in several changes of water to get rid of any grit. Drain the spinach but keep some of the water clinging to the leaves.
  2. Heat the butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the spinach and garlic. Cook, turning frequently, until the spinach has wilted down evenly.
  3. Remove the garlic and put the spinach into a colander and let it drain well. Press out as much liquid as you can from the leaves and chop them coarsely.
  4. Heat the skillet again over medium-high heat and add the cream and nutmeg; cook until it reduces a bit, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the spinach and parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the spinach is hot, about 5 more minutes.
  6. Serve immediately.

Serves 6-8.

Join The Conversation
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I'm totally doing this as a side for Thanksgiving. I've been addicted to the Trader Joe's version ever since I discovered them, but I don't think there are Trader Joe's stores where I'm going.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
ash-let me know.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
My grandmother would loveee this.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
soy is so so
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Never tried it!!! I just might have to give it a shot...
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Unfortunately, soy milk is just not as creamy. :(
michichan michichan 9 years
I agree that the cheese is too much
emalove emalove 9 years
I like spinach but I don't know about this. Guess I'd have to try it.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
It is so good and offered at many places with prime rib. So retro too.
lms lms 9 years
I am making creamed spinach for thanksgiving. I use a recipe on Williams Sonoma that doesn't call for cheese. They have two recipes and I make the one that uses the Creme Fraiche, but I add nutmeg from the other recipe. Everyone loved it the last time that I made it for Christmas.
Marci Marci 9 years
Yech! My mother LOVED creamed spinach and the sight of it always made me gag.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I like spinach but my mom made creamed spinach once and it was nasty. This recipe looks decent though...maybe I'll give it a try sometime.
michichan michichan 9 years
try soy milk prodycts
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
So that's how you make creamed spinach. I really like creamed spinach but since I'm lactose intolerant, I'll safely eat it at home. Is there a lactose free version? Or what can I substitute for the cream and the cheese?
michichan michichan 9 years
underrated? How?
aurora2615 aurora2615 9 years
I LOVE creamed spinach and will definitely be trying this recipe! Creamed spinach is way underrated.
michichan michichan 9 years
I had a fantastic ygurt spinach side
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'll pass...
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