Creamed Spinach


Now Eat This!

Published by Ballantine Books

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Here’s a great steakhouse side dish that can do more harm than the red meat itself. Standard preparations make a bad boy out of an otherwise extraordinarily healthy vegetable. The problem with spinach is that it’s very lean and often bitter--which is why we saute it in butter or douse it with cream. All-natural Greek yogurt has been employed here to help clean up its act.




Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Kid FriendlyYes

Recipe Courseside dish, vegetable

Dietary Considerationgluten-free, halal, healthy, low carb, peanut free, soy free, vegetarian


Taste and Texturecreamy, rich, tangy

Type of Dishvegetable


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter.
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large shallots, chopped fine (about 1/3 cup)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 12 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt


  1. Heat a large nonstick saute pan over medium heat. Add the butter to the pan, and when it has melted, add the garlic and shallots. Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg. Cook, stirring often, until the shallots are tender, about 4 minutes.

  2. Raise the heat to high and add half of the spinach. Season it lightly with salt and pepper. Toss and stir the spinach as it cooks down. When there is enough room in the pan, add the remaining spinach. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the spinach is tender, about 3 minutes.

  3. Sprinkle the cornstarch over the spinach and stir until combined. Continue to cook the spinach until the liquid has thickened, about 1 minute.

  4. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the yogurt and stir to coat the spinach. Season with salt and pepper to taste, if desired, and serve.


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