Appalachian Food

Creamed Spinach

Sauted spinach

Growing up-I was one of those picky kids-often declaring I DID NOT LIKE certain foods-even though I’d never tasted most of them. Since I wasn’t necessarily someone who was crazy about eating in the first place, my picky-ness held on tight until I was a grown married woman or truth be told till The Deer Hunter forced me to try some of the foods he liked or else! Spinach was one of those foods.

After I accepted spinach was indeed good to eat-I came across a creamed spinach recipe and after making it a few times-we realized it was our favorite way to eat spinach. The first recipe I used was somewhat complicated-but over the years I’ve narrowed down the steps required. If you’re a creamed spinach fan you may have already streamlined the steps yourself-or if you’ve never tried it-here’s an easy recipe to start with before moving on to the more complicated ones.

My recipe doesn’t really have any set amounts for the ingredients-it’s one of those taste as you go kinda things. It does work well with fresh spinach or frozen. This time of the year-I go out and pick a colander full of spinach.

Wild Bill the Dog

Since this character-Wild Bill-is King of my yard-I make sure to wash the spinach well. He actually likes the glasses-and sometimes he wears a hat with them too.

I believe the first recipe I used back in the day-called for boiling the spinach for a certain amount of time-but somewhere along the way I realized if you can eat it raw how cooked does it need to be? So I began giving the spinach a quick cook in the microwave. If you use fresh spinach-the water left from washing is more than enough to steam it-if you use frozen spinach-the ice crystals are more than enough to steam it as well. If you’re opposed to using the microwave-you can steam on the stove-or even cook the spinach in boiling water-just don’t over cook it.

Next drain the spinach of as much water as you can-using the back of a spoon helps to squeeze it all out.

Mean while-melt some butter (the amount depends on how much spinach you have-but it doesn’t take much) over medium heat.

Add the spinach-with salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste. Some folks add in garlic or onions-but we prefer just spinach. Cook while stirring for a few minutes-till most of the left over water seems to have evaporated.

Last-pour in some heavy cream-again the amount depends on the quantity of spinach you’re working with-but like the butter-it doesn’t take much.

Allow the spinach to cook a few minutes longer-till it thickens slightly-and you’re done.

Are you a spinach fan? A creamed spinach fan?

Tipper

 

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Mary Jane Plemons
    April 27, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I use cream cheese for the cream. I saute some garlic and onion in a little olive oil, add the washed raw spinach and stir it around to wilt it…maybe cover the pan a couple of minutes…then add a little cubed cream cheese and stir till it melts. Sprinkle with a little vinegar (balsamic vinegar is especially good)and a little salt, and serve with cornbread! This is also very good using Swiss chard or collards. I also love spinach salad…and canned or frozen spinach…and nearly any other way!

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    Carolyn
    May 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Not really a creamed spinach fan, but I could eat plain spinach until it runs out of my ears. Fresh, canned, doesn’t matter. I LOVE it! xxoo

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    Fishing Guy
    May 9, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Tipper: I’m a spinach fan but not so much a cooked spinach. It is so good fresh that I kind of try to stick to eating it raw.

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    Becky
    May 8, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I’m not a fan of cooked spinach. And I’ve never heard of creamed spinach.
    Most of the vegetables I eat are raw. I just like them better that way.

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    Chef E
    May 8, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I loved ‘canned’ spinach growing up! We never had fresh, or if we did I do not remember. We mostly ate collard and other greens, since my grandmother grew them, and there were so cheap.
    I however love it now and mine is very garlicky! Watch out I am exhaling a big breathe of garlic as I write he he

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    David Templeton
    May 8, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Ummmm. Spinach is good anyway and this recipe sounds really good.
    You make a good point about the cooking. Greens overcook real quick, and can lose their visual appeal in a moment.
    I like wild greens, wild turnip greens and dock. Just a few seconds of overcooking and the texture is ruined.
    Your songwriters are amazing. They sing purty too.

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    May 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Tipper,
    Wild Bill sure is a cute dog. I bet he’s king of his home.
    I didn’t like spinach as a child either. I was a picky eater, too when I was growing up. Now I love mustard greens. We’ve planted a lot of greens in our garden and I sure hope they do well. Your recipe for spinach sounds good. I may try it. I hope you have a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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    Frances
    May 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I love spinach in all forms. I have your feed on my igoogle page and when I saw the title…well, here I am. Thanks for the great recipe!
    Wild Bill looks like a character.

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    Sarah
    May 7, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Spinach … LOVE it fresh, HATE it cooked! It’s like 2 totally different foods depending on how it’s prepared … go figure 🙂

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    Pat in east TN
    May 7, 2010 at 7:07 am

    I turned up my nose at many vegetables as a child too, but once married and gardening I discovered how tasty fresh vegetables really are, along with home canned and frozen too. Your recipe sounds yummy and I’m going to give it a try this week end.

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    glenda
    May 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I was a late comer to spinach as we didn’t have it growing up, but I had a wilted spinach salad salad and loved it. Since then I have enjoyed spinach in quiche, salads, cooked but never creamed. Now I’ll try it that way. Like Vicki, I love, love, love a good spinach salad with blue cheese.

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    Susie
    May 6, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I love spinach and creamed is good too. I also like it with a little olive oil and garlic.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I love spinach, I have always loved spinach. I was a very picky eater as a child but even then I would always eat spinach…..guess the Deer Hunter comes by it naturally!lol
    Even as a small child the Deer Hunter would eat all kinds of cooked greens. He ate spinach, mustard, turnip greens, polk, collards, and his very favorite was creases. Creases are hard to come by now days. I sure do like them when I can get them!
    Sometimes I put cheese or creamed cheese in when I cook creamed spinach. I also like spinach quiche and spinach salad.
    I like spinach any way you want to cook it. The creamed spinach in your picture looks soooo good, I can taste it!

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    Vicki Lane
    May 6, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Drooling! I’m a fan of spinach everywhichaway. My favorite is Spinach salad with sliced mangoes, green onions, blue cheese, toasted pecans and vinaigrette dresssing.

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    Anastasia
    May 6, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I love spinach very much but I can’t say I’m a great fan of the creamed version. In Greece and Cyprus, we cook it with olive oil and fresh tomato sauce or we make our popular spinach pie with feta cheese and/or halloumi cheese. But I love grilled meat garnished with some hardly boiled spinach leaves. However, I am going to try your recipe because I love trying new things!

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    betsyfromtennessee
    May 6, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Tipper, I am one of those people who love spinach–anyway I can get it. Your creamed spinach sounds wonderful!!!! Thanks.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    Julie at Elisharose
    May 6, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I was never what you would call a picky child, though my parents might argue that point. I have always loved spinach and creamed spinach is one of my favorite ways to eat it. I’m one of those who adds onions. Mmmm. I might need to go make me some now!

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    Sandra
    May 6, 2010 at 10:41 am

    my mother creamed everything we ate, most of the time to strectch whatever it was to feed the family. her creamed spinach was just like this but she added a sprinkle of flour to make the sauce thicker. I bet this way is just as good. it looks delicious.
    and I love your King of The Yard and his glasses. give him a kiss or hug for me.

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    Lanny
    May 6, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I don’t think I have ever had creamed spinach, or ever had it offered to me, but it looks rather lovely. If I eat it cooked, it is lightly steamed with butter, salt and pepper sometimes vinegar. I’m thinking I might try this out.

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    Patty Hall
    May 6, 2010 at 9:41 am

    That looks good! I love spinach. I like it raw in salads, spinach dip, creamed spinach, I like it on a pizza with mozzarella cheese. It’s yummy. I was surprised that my husband tried creamed spinach once and liked it!! Don’t think he’d ever eaten spinach before.

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    Stacey
    May 6, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I love spinach cooked then sprinkled with salt & a capful of vinegar, mmmm good…and good for you.
    Stacey

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    Just Jackie
    May 6, 2010 at 8:55 am

    As a kid we were never offered spinach, We didn’t grow it. I didn’t even try it until I was in my 30’s. I had a raw spinach salad and loved it. BUT….I’m allergic to it. My throat closes up and I can’t breathe. What a shock. When I was in the hospital last week, what did they send for my lunch??? Vegetarian lasagna just filled with spinach. LOL They made me well just to kill me with lunch.

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