Creamed Spinach Recipe

Creamed Spinach Recipe
Staff Writer
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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.

8
Servings
620
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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

Total Fat
3g
4%
Sugar
24g
27%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
128g
98%
Protein
20g
43%
Vitamin A, RAE
21µg
3%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Calcium, Ca
71mg
7%
Choline, total
37mg
9%
Folate, total
33µg
8%
Magnesium, Mg
75mg
23%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
228mg
33%
Selenium, Se
15µg
27%
Sodium, Na
469mg
31%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
45g
2%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Creamed Spinach Shopping Tip

Buy green leafy vegetables like arugula, watercress, and collards – they are good sources of vitamins A, C, and K and minerals like iron and calcium.

Creamed Spinach Cooking Tip

Brighten up sandwiches or salads with small, tender leaves like spinach and add larger, tougher leaves like kale to soups and stews.