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Creamed Spinach Recipe

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What’s the secret to bringing out the flavor of spinach? In a word: nutmeg. But make sure to start with whole nutmeg and grate it as needed; ground nutmeg just doesn’t have the same potency.

This recipe has been adapted from the 2011 Gourmet Live Holiday Special Edition.

Notes

Note: Creamed spinach can be made 1 day ahead and cooled completely, uncovered, then chilled, covered. Reheat over medium-low heat, thinning with additional milk or water if desired.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds baby spinach
  • Salt, for cooking spinach
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste

Directions

Cook the spinach in 2 batches in 1 inch of well-salted boiling water in an 8-quart pot, stirring constantly, until wilted and tender, 1-2 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold running water until cool. Squeeze small handfuls of spinach to remove as much moisture as possible, then coarsely chop.

Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until warm. Meanwhile, cook the onion in the butter in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook the roux, whisking, 3 minutes. Add the warmed milk in a fast stream, whisking to prevent lumps, then simmer, whisking, 3-4 minutes (mixture will be thick). Stir in the nutmeg, spinach, ¼ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper, or to taste. Cook, stirring, until hot.

Nutritional Facts
Servings8
Calories Per Serving135
Total Fat8g13%
Sugar4gN/A
Saturated5g24%
Cholesterol21mg7%
Protein6g13%
Carbs11g4%
Vitamin A741µg82%
Vitamin B120.3µg4.8%
Vitamin B60.3mg15.5%
Vitamin C40mg67%
Vitamin D0.9µg0.2%
Vitamin E3mg15%
Vitamin K685µg100%
Calcium214mg21%
Fiber3g14%
Folate (food)281µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)288µg72%
Folic acid5µgN/A
Iron4mg22%
Magnesium120mg30%
Monounsaturated2gN/A
Niacin (B3)1mg6%
Phosphorus128mg18%
Polyunsaturated0.6gN/A
Potassium891mg25%
Riboflavin (B2)0.4mg23%
Sodium515mg21%
Thiamin (B1)0.2mg11.1%
Trans0.2gN/A
Zinc1mg7%