Thursday, January 06, 2005

Spinach, Spinach Everywhere

Once again from the inspired kitchen of my friend, Marcia:
I threw a dish together tonight that turned out pretty well. Put a little olive oil in a nonstick heavy skillet and saute' half a sweet onion. When translucent, add a full package of baby spinach and stir occasionally until just wilted....then crumble a bit of feta over the top and add fresh ground, um good....oh serve immediately while hot....we loved it. with a little smoked salmon on crackers and a little glass of blas du blanc.

Sounds great and it made me remember one of my all time favorite quickie spinach recipes from Trattoria Cooking.
Spinach with Cream and Parmesan

2 pounds fresh spinach, stems and bruised leaves discarded, or two 10-ounce packages frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of any water
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup heavy cream (I prefer half-and-half)
1/3 cup freshly grated parmigiano
Salt to taste

If using fresh, wash the spinach thoroughly under cold running water. Bring a large saucepan halfway full of water to a boil over medium heat, then add the spinach and cook until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir a few times during cooking. Drain the spinach and squeeze out any excess water.

Heat the butter in a medium-size skillet over medium heat. When it begins to foam, add the cream and bring it to a gentle boil. Add the spinach and parmigiano and season lightly with salt. Cook, stirring, until the cheese is melted and the cream is almost all reduced, 2-3 minutes. Serve hot, next to grilled or roasted meat.

Makes 4-6 servings.

This is not nearly as healthy as Marcia's recipe but all of this spinach talk got me rooting through the freezer. Naturally, not a bit of spinach was to be found. Just one more thing to add to my grocery list.

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