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Feb 14, 2014 07:11 AM

Help! Whats Wrong With This Recipe - Creamed Spinach

I usually do not use recipes but look at a few and then wing it - in this case with a ham in the oven and a handful of other things going on I just took the first one off google and went for it

recipe here for "Ruth Chris" steakhouse creamed spinach

The whole time it felt that I was doing things in the wrong order - adding the onions after the flour - (how are you supposed to dig the clove out of that mess) and it told you to start the spinach way too late (that part I did not follow) I felt the instructions were out of step and did not give the onions enough time to cook without burning the flour . Creamed anything is not something on my usual list (normally I would sauté) but it seemed a nice fit for a blizzard. Served with a mango/honey/ginger glazed clove studded ham and smashed red potatoes it was definitely not the highlight of the meal - end result not so flavorful and onions not caramelized enough

Is it is recipe or was it user error ?

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  1. Recipe. The onions would still be quite raw.

    3 Replies
    1. re: jammy

      indeed they were - that was the worst part

      1. re: JTPhilly

        Here is a link to another version of the recipe. It seems as the one you used skipped a step-to strain the bechamel. The onions then just are part of flavoring not part of dish!


        1. re: DDaruba

          Thanks! That helps a lot - the onions were really the worst part of the finished product

    2. The reviews for the recipe seem good, but I think it's overworked and the spinach overcooked. I use heavy cream, parmesan, garlic, s and p and a bit of minced onion and make a quickie with whole baby spinach leaves just before eating.

      For me, all that flour gunk ruins the texture and dulls the flavors.

      I don't chop the spinach, nor use nutmeg, but this is a good template for your additions/flavors:

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      1. re: mcf

        yes it is the reviews that stumped me - I should have looked more closely at the recipe before I started - yours looks better

      2. My favorite creamed spinach is the oh-so-sinful Boston Market version.

        Compared to this, it has:

        - half and half
        - cream cheese
        - parmesan cheese
        - onion and garlic powder
        - frozen spinach

        Not you. Think this was a bland and lame recipe.

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        1. re: Seeker19104

          Boston Market's always had modified starch in it when I had it. Yours looks decent, but I'd go for the cream and fresh spinach.

        2. It's an odd recipe. Obviously the onions aren't meant to be caramelized, but 2 cups of milk, 1/4 cup flour seems to be way too thin. The one clove sounds odd, why not just add a bit of grated nutmeg or ground allspice? I think the recipe is definitely at fault.

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          1. re: gourmanda

            It's hard to imagine why it has so many favorable reviews,

            1. re: gourmanda

              I've never had creamed spinach with anything but sweated/softened onion, and I don't think I'd want them carmelized in this dish.