There are times when I want vegetables but want the comfort food version. Creamed Spinach is just that, it's vegetables but for your soul. This side dish shouldn't just be a thing of the past. It's a delicious side dish that is a classic for a reason!
What is creamed spinach
Creamed Spinach is a spinach side dish that is common in steakhouses and vintage recipes. It is considered a classic side dish as it has been a common staple in american cooking for quite some time. Creaming spinach means that it is cooked with heavy cream. This recipe is a good way to use up spinach, even if it is beginning to wilt.
What to serve with creamed spinach
This recipe pairs well with steak but can go with any protein. Pairing with baked chicken breast, salmon or ribeye steak are some of my favorite combinations.
Fresh or frozen spinach
You can use either fresh or frozen spinach for this recipe. If using fresh spinach, you will need to cook it down completely. Then put into cheesecloth to squeeze out the liquid. Leaving excess liquid in the spinach for this dish will make it watery and the incorrect consistency. Using frozen spinach requires less draining, though it will still need to be drained a bit.
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Creamed Spinach is a classic vegetable side dish that pairs well with most proteins. Easy to make and delicious to eat, it's a classic!
- 20 Oz Baby Spinach
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- ½ Yellow Onion Chopped
- 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
- ½ Cup Milk
- ¼ Cup Heavy Cream
- 4 Oz Cream Cheese
- ¼ Cup Shredded Parmesan
Add spinach to a large pot of boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove once wilted and put in ice water. Drain and squeeze out as much excess water as possible (using a cheesecloth is recommended)
In a dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened. Add garlic and stir to combine.
Add milk, heavy cream and cream cheese and bring to a simmer. Simmer until cream cheese is melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Add spinach and stir to fully combine. Top with shredded parmesan and serve warm. Enjoy!