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Johnresa Apr 19, 2007 07:56 AM

Can someone give me a quick and simple recipe for creamed spinach? I have been dying for some for the past 2 days.......

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    laurendlewis RE: Johnresa Apr 19, 2007 08:16 AM

    I don't know how others make it, but I just make a bechamel sauce and add spinach. That's pretty easy...

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      Johnresa RE: laurendlewis Apr 19, 2007 08:58 AM

      not really easy if u have NO IDEA what a bechamel sauce is and how to make that. I am a good cook...trust me...but I have never made that.

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        farmersdaughter RE: Johnresa Apr 19, 2007 09:02 AM

        Bechamel sauce is one of the mother sauces and is essential to the good cook's repertoire. Just go on epicurious or food network for a bechamel recipe -- melt butter, add flour, cook the flour a bit, add milk, cook some more. The proportions will be available on any recipe website, along with the cooking times. Basically you are creating a roux and cooking the roux a bit to get rid of the raw flour taste. Adding the milk and cooking it will continue to cook the flour and will thicken the sauce, then you can add whatever seasonings you like -- salt and pepper and nutmeg are idea for creamed spinach. Then add your cooked chopped spinach and you're done.

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      susan1353 RE: Johnresa Apr 19, 2007 08:22 AM

      Yup, bechamel sauce and add spinach...and a pinch of nutmeg.

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        Sam Fujisaka RE: susan1353 Apr 19, 2007 08:34 AM

        ...plus reconstituted and finely sliced dried shitake mushrooms.

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        torty RE: Johnresa Apr 19, 2007 08:34 AM

        I don't know how to link it, but if you click on Recipes and then side dishes, scroll down and there is a simple creamed spinach recipe and some comments and variations.

        1. Veggo RE: Johnresa Apr 19, 2007 08:44 AM

          Extra good with Tabasco splashed on it!

          1. zorra RE: Johnresa Apr 19, 2007 09:10 AM

            Bechamel is more or less a fancy word for white sauce. (for one cup: melt two T. butter, add 2 T. flour and some salt, stir with a whisk until it's smooth, the butter is absorbed and it's bubbly, then whisk in a cup of (preferably warm) milk, and whisk until it thickens) When I'm in a hurry I thaw frozen spinach in the microwave, put it in a colander with paper towels to get most of the liquid out (you can save it and use it in the white sauce if you are frugal--sometimes I do, sometimes not), then mix it with the white sauce I've made while the spinach was nuking.

            Getting dinner on the table on a weeknight in the real world: The other night I wanted quick eggs florentine, so I made a cup of medium thick white sauce, mixed half with the spinach, put it in a casserole with three halved hard-boiled eggs on top, mixed the other half of the cup of sauce with sharp grated cheddar, put that over the eggs, and baked at 400 for 15 minutes. I served it over some leftover brown rice that needed to be eaten, but I'd rather serve it over toast.

            1. DanaB RE: Johnresa Apr 19, 2007 10:46 AM

              Here's a link to a thread from February which also links a long thread from December, with lots of good recipes for creamed spinach. My favorite is the Lawry's recipe, which is linked in the other threads.

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/370878

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                ricepad RE: Johnresa Apr 19, 2007 12:37 PM

                This ain't nothin' if not quick and simple. Thaw a package of frozen spinach, and squeeze out as much excess liquid as possible. While it's draining, dice half a medium onion. Melt a small knob of butter in a saucepan, and saute the diced onion until it's translucent. Add the drained/squeezed spinach, half a cup (or more) of sour cream, a little nutmeg, and about half a teaspoon of vinegar. Stir to combine, and heat through. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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                  jinet12 RE: ricepad Apr 20, 2007 06:03 AM

                  Now this one sounds good and doable!

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