Thursday, February 4, 2010

a "first" ...

Believe it or not, I've never eaten Creamed Spinach in my life.  Until a couple of days ago.  Neither has my sweetie.. .. maybe it's not a common thing to Canadians?  Or .. maybe we have both been living under a rock.  It is YUMMY!

However, having said that...it is also one of those dishes that you couldn't actually call heart healthy... so we won't be having it too often.  But, I am definitely in favour of everything in moderation.  So... on occasion.... I'll be making this!












I saw the recipe on Lines from Linderhof and had to give it a try.












I used half and half butter and olive oil, and added some chopped onions, which I softened a bit, then added the garlic to the onions instead of to the spinach.  I also added a bit of mustard and some chopped fresh parsley to the sauce once it got going nicely.  I cooked my spinach in a separate pan while the white sauce thickened a bit; then tossed it into the sauce... stirred it gently and divided it between two gratin dishes.


Linderhof Creamed Spinach
Fresh spinach, sauteed ever so lightly in olive oil with a hint of garlic. Then set aside while you melt butter, add a bit of flour and then milk (or cream if you must -- we must!) until it gets thick. Add just a hint of grated nutmeg -- there is something about cooked greens and nutmeg that just goes together. Add the spinach and pour it all into a gratin dish -- we like individual ones -- sprinkle with a bit of grated Parmesan and pop it into the oven until it is hot, bubbly and the cheese is melted.













I used the parmesan sparingly as I do try not to overdo with cheeses... just a little taste to say I had some because I love it...but, .... sigh...I envy you if you can eat cheese..... 












... served on a bed of couscous.. with orange-y chicken. 












hahahah...okay...listen... there were two totally different sizes of gratin dishes.  This was the bigger of the two...and we shared.  Honest.  But, I almost licked the dish.  The smaller one became lunch the following day... with meatloaf.  If you haven't made spinach lately... try this.  If you never have... like me ... get right on it.  You'll be glad you did.

14 comments:

rachel said...

Mmmm, spinach - doesn't have to be creamed to be delicious, although I grant you, that recipe looks wonderful! Simply wilted and stirred into garlicky, herby, well-seasoned puy lentils, and topped with a piece of grilled salmon is a favourite heart-and-diet-friendly dinner in this house.

Martha said...

Glad you liked the spinach -- it is good. And it goes well with almost anything -- that orange chicken looks good!

George Gaston said...

Creamed spinach is one of my favorite side dishes. I have even been known to use leftover in a breakfast omelette. Yours looks so good and will definitely try this great recipe. Thanks...

Picture Imperfect said...

That sounds and looks DELICIOUS!!!

I have never tried it either - to be honest I had never even *heard* of it before I read this post.

You can bet I'm going to try it though! Just have to get my oven fixed. :o)

Sandy said...

ahhhhhh I'm in heaven just looking at this! Another one I'll save and hopefully try.

Elenka said...

Everything in moderation...that's the key for enjoyment in life.

Sage said...

I just had to come an sat Hi to another Canadian bloggger.Love spinach and we have it a tleast once a week, but cream spinach is new to me but I will try this recipe; looks so good; thanks.
Rita

Karen L R said...

yes, spinach is good stuff! this looks yummy.

and thanks for stopping by again. i LOVED julie and julia. very sweet movie. especially the romance between julia and paul.

Sasha said...

Boy, does this spinach look yummy. No wonder that dish was licked clean ; )

Lucia from Madison said...

Yum! Looks delicious!

beedeebabee♥ said...

BIG TIME YUM!!! Thank you for this delicious sounding recipe! xoxo

Sandy said...

I have come back probably five times to look at this and I swear I'm going to make it soon!

Deeba PAB said...

Love it, absolutely do. What a beautiful combination on a plate. There is something about spinach and nuteg indeed. Add cream & you are in spinach heaven!

Glennis said...

We love Silver Beet which is sort of similar to spinach I must cream it like that for a change.
You are a good cook.