Sunday, December 27, 2009

Steak House-Style Creamed Spinach

Steak House-Style Creamed Spinach
As shared from the kitchen of Once Upon a Plate

Creamy and decadent, very similar to Ruth Chris' Version

I combined a few elements from several recipes found on the internet to make this one, it's rich and delicious. Wonderful with grilled steaks, roasts, chicken, or fish. I hope you enjoy it.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

6 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup finely chopped yellow/brown onion
1 small shallot, finely minced
1 bay leaf
1 whole clove, or the tiniest pinch of ground cloves (careful, it's strongly flavored and can overpower the dish very easily)
a few grinds/shavings of fresh nutmeg
2 cups whole milk
about 20 ounces bagged ready-to-use fresh spinach,
OR use two-10 ounce boxes frozen spinach, thawed and thoroughly drained (squeeze as dry as possible)
In a food processor fitted with the metal blade process the spinach until finely chopped/minced, set aside.

Melt 4 tablespoons butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat.
To the melted butter add flour, cook and stir for about 5 minutes. Add the finely chopped onion, minced shallot, bay leaf, clove and nutmeg, stir to slightly soften the onion but don't brown.
Slowly whisk in milk until smooth. Continue stirring/whisking until mixture boils and thickens. This will take a few minutes, but be sure to keep stirring/whisking so mixture does not scorch.

Remove bay leaf (and whole clove, if using), add minced/finely chopped spinach and continue simmer for about 7 minutes, stirring to keep mixture from burning or scorching. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes longer, whisking frequently (sauce will be very thick).

Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, and a little additional milk if you like your creamed spinach a little looser (less thick.) Add salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.*

*Alternately the creamed spinach may be portioned into small, shallow individual buttered ramekins, sprinkled with finely grated cheese (Parmesan is my favorite for this), then placed under broiler for a moment or two until the cheese is bubbling and lightly golden.

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