Never been much of a Spinach fan, but tried some Creamed Spinach with Black Truffle & Parmesan from Dishes at Grand Central a few weeks ago, and I loved it. I would really be appreciative of anyone who might have a recipe that would fit the above description.
Thanks everyone. I decided to go with the Ruth's Chris version, as I actually worked as a waiter there for many years and loved their creamed spinach. After a shift, we would all gather in the kitchen and inhale the remaining creamed spinach.
One note if you ever do this version: we all added worstershire and tabasco to it, and it made it even better. So when I make it today (one day ahead) I will add those ingredients.
I am going to try a lot of these others, though, thanks!
This is the easiest you'll ever make:
2 boxes of frozen chopped spinach
rondele garlic cheese spread or boursin cheese spread
salt to taste
Cook spinach, but not all the way. Drain.
Put some butter, cream cheese and a package of cheese spread in the cooked spinach over very low heat and stir until heated through.
My ex-sister-in-law used to make Spinach Madeline for special occasions, and that stuff was incredible! She never would give me the recipe, and now she has moved on, but I got my nephew (her son) to do some spying for me. He couldn't give me the exact recipe, but he did find out that the secret ingredient was hot velveeta! I know, I know- most people turn up their noses at velveeta. Which is probably why it is the "secret" ingredient. But I never would have guessed that it was included in this dish if my nephew hadn't told me!
Here is a recipe from cooks.com that seems like it might be pretty similar to my ex-SIL's:
20 oz. pkg. chopped spinach
4 oz. evaporated milk
4 tbsp. butter
1/2 onion, chopped
2 tbsp. flour
3/4 tsp. garlic salt
3/4 tsp. celery salt
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
3/4 c. milk
6 oz. Velveeta hot cheese
4 oz. spinach liquid
1/2 tsp. pepper
Defrost spinach and save liquid. Squeeze dry. Make white sauce by melting butter and adding flour. When cooked, add onion. Cook until tender, not brown. Add evaporated milk and spinach liquid. Add spinach and the juice of one squeezed lemon. Add remaining ingredients. Fry bread crumbs in butter. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
There's a lot of people that don't like Brennan's but they do make a good creamed spinach. This is directly copied from their cookbook. I hope I don't get sued.
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
10 ounces fresh spinach leaves washed, stemmed and chopped
1 1/2 cups onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups scalded milk
1 teaspoon salt
pinch of white pepper
pinch of nutmeg
Melt 1/2 cup butter in a large saute pan; add the spinach and cook over medium heat a few minutes until wilted.
In a large saucepan, melt the remaining 1/4 cup butter. Add the onion and cook over medium heat until tender. Using a whisk, blend the flour into the mixture, then gradually pour in the milk. Stir until smooth, then add the spinach. Season with salt, white pepper, and nutmeg. When the mixture is thick and warmed through, remove it from the heat and serve.
In my view, creamed spinach should be simple, and mine is from Deborah Madison, I believe:
Clean fresh spinach. Remove stems and tear into pieces. Heat in covered pan for several minutes until wilted.
Gently heat cream w/ one clove smashed garlic. Remove garlic and stir in cooked spinach. Sprinkle w/ nutmeg, S&P.
I would only add shallot if using frozen spinach to liven up the taste, which is not needed w/ good fresh spinach.
You'll find this much lighter than Stouffer's, but use the above recipe. Just work 4 egg yolks and some parmesan into the cream sauce off the heat, and then fold stiffly-beaten egg whites into the sauce. Bake in ungreased high-sided container at 350 till puffy and slightly golden. Serve at once.
**add a tiny pinch of cream of tartar and salt for each egg white beated--helps egg whites hold their volume.
re: toodie jane
well, that amount of butter and flour for 1 cup liquid is a bit overkill, but basically make a nice thick cream sauce (you could use milk rather than cream because of the richness of the egg yolks) maybe add some thyme and plenty of nutmeg for flavor, then add in the eggs, etc.
This method works for almost any veg, pureed. Try eggplant if you like that veg. Tasty!
Ruth Chris Steakhouse has their menu online..I enjoy this side more than my steak!
7 1/2 cups
Equipment Needed: Kitchen Measuring Utensils
Kitchen Spatula / Spoon
2 qt sauce pan
Ingredients: 3 lbs Frozen Chopped Spinach
1/2lb Salted Butter
1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 tbsp Salt
1/2 tbsp White Ground Pepper
1 cup Half & Half Cream
Step 1 Place thawed spinach into strainer and squeeze out all water. Squeeze water until the spinach yields 1 1/2 lbs.
Step 2 Melt butter in sauce pan on medium temperature.
Step 3 Add flour and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Cook until Roux is light tan. (An undercooked Roux will be floury tasting).
Step 4 Add salt and pepper to the Roux and mix well.
Step 5 Add half volume of the Half & Half Cream, bring to a boil stirring well. Add in drained spinach and mix well, then add the other half of the cream.
Step 6 Lower the heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes until spinach is tender, remove from heat.
Step 7 Serve immediately.
i love white pepper, it does have its own taste very different ( to me than black). It is hotter, has bite. Hot and sour soup, that is the ingredient that makes it "hot".
In certain dishes, I bloom it, treating it like any other spice that needs to have heat and a little oil to bring it all out. I use it in mac and cheese, bechamel sauce and seafood dishes. You have to try it, you'll see the difference.