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The Best Creamed Spinach

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

A spin on that creamy comfort food of our youths, fresh green diced sautéed vegetables and a light cream sauce. The whole dish is cooked in a flash. The main flavor, of course, is spinach, but each bite gives you a taste of everything else in the mixture--garlic, shallots, scallions, mushrooms, and cream. Spinach gives up so much water when it cooks that it dilutes the heavy cream, leaving just a delicate coating on the leaves. This is one of those dishes that will have you sneaking a taste in the kitchen--it’s irresistible.

Make-ahead note

• The spinach can be refrigerated up to 3 days; reheat over low heat.

Makes2 cups, or 4 servings

Cooking Methodsauteeing

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Courseside dish, vegetable

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Mealdinner

Moodblue, stressed

Taste and Texturecreamy, garlicky, rich, umami

Type of Dishvegetable

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely diced shallots
  • 2 cloves Oven-Roasted Garlic
  • 2/3 cup finely diced mushrooms, domestic or wild (if wild, use caps only)
  • 3 tablespoons finely sliced scallions, white part only
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 5½ cups coarsely chopped spinach leaves (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
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Instructions

In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat until almost shimmering. Add the shallots and garlic and sauté until soft but not colored, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and scallions and sauté 1 minute. Add the cream, raise the heat slightly, and boil until slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the spinach and stir until wilted. Add the butter and continue to stir until the spinach is soft, 1 to 2 minutes.

Variation:

You can omit other ingredients if you want to, but keep the mushrooms and garlic!

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