The creamiest creamed spinach you will ever have. It is packed with baby spinach, baked garlic cloves and seasonings. Classic comfort food.This creamed spinach recipe makes a delicious sauce that is ideal to accompany relatively subtly flavored meals like eggs or garlic bread. It nicely complements meat and fish dishes, penetrating the flesh of various animals and enhancing the overall flavor of your meal. In Sweden, creamed spinach is often served with boiled potatoes and fish, but this creamed spinach recipe is so versatile that you can effectively serve it however you want. Creamed spinach is actually fantastic with steak, and is a nutritious, healthy alternative to most commercially available steak sauces, which tend to be relatively high in sugar and saturated fats.Spinach is actually thought to have originated in the area now known as Iran, but that was then called Persia. The plant was introduced at some point to India, most likely by Persian emissaries, and from India it travelled to China, where it was appreciated heartily by the local people for its distinctive flavor and great nutritional value. A seventh-century manuscript claims that the “Persian vegetable”, as spinach is known in that part of the world, was introduced to China via Nepal, offering a historical trajectory for this leafy, globally consumed vegetable. It was the Saracens who introduced spinach to Sicily in the ninth century, and from there it became popular throughout Europe, whose various marauding powers and empires spread spinach throughout the New World over the remaining centuries.Spinach is infamous for its high nutritional content. One hundred and seventy grams of spinach actually contains more iron than one hundred and eighty grams of beef, making spinach one of the most efficient natural sources of iron known to humankind. A report from 1934 incorrectly asserted that spinach had nearly twenty times its actual iron content, and it’s theorized that this inspired the spinach-induced super strength of cartoon character Popeye the Sailor Man. Although spinach doesn’t have anything close to the nutritional value required to automatically induce superhuman strength, it does have several therapeutic benefits. During the First World War, French soldiers who had been wounded by errant bullets, shells or shrapnel and were bleeding profusely were fed a mixture of spinach juice and wine to fortify their immune systems. While the medical value of doing so may be disputed, this provides fantastic anecdotal evidence of spinach’s reputation for nutritional value.
The texture of your creamed spinach should be, as the name suggests, very creamy. You don’t want your spinach, onions or any of the other ingredients crunching or being hard in the mouth. Instead, they should be gelatinous and give way when bitten into. Make sure to dice your garlic and onions particularly finely, as this speeds up their cooking and allows them to soak up all the liquid from the cream and various juices in your spinach. As always, try to use whole, fresh spinach if you can as it has the best flavor, but you can get away with frozen spinach for this particular creamed spinach recipe. The soft, saturated texture of frozen spinach after being thawed is actually fairly close to the desirable texture of creamed spinach, so freezer enthusiasts are in luck with this creamed spinach recipe.
CREAMED SPINACH RECIPE
- Fresh spinach( cleaned and trimmed)- 900 gm
- Feta Cheese-450 gm/ 0.1 lbs
- Baked garlic cloves- 3-4
- Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
- Cayenne pepper- ½ tsp
- Lemon juice- 1½ tbsp
- Nutmeg- ¼ tsp
- Olive oil- 1 tbsp
- Trim and clean spinach. Take a large saucepan, put spinach into it and cook on high heat until just wilted ( about 4-5 minutes).
- Rinse cooked spinach with cold water and squeeze.( Try to remove as much water as possible).At this point chop coarsely and put it aside.
- Grate baked garlic cloves.
- Mash Feta cheese with the fork, add chopped spinach, garlic, lemon, cumin seeds, nutmeg and cayenne pepper. Combine well.
- Serve with olive oil.
Viola! Easy Creamed Spinach in just 20 minutes!