My oldest daughter Ella loves spinach. She likes to tell people that, too. She will ask people to guess what her favorite food is and when they answer “chocolate” she very proudly answers “nope, it’s spinach!!”. Ella wants to guest post one of these days and I told her if she writes something up I will show her how to do a post. She has invented a brownie smoothie that we are going to whip up this weekend, so stay tuned!
She wanted to say hi:-)
So, I usually try to pick up a bag of spinach whenever we are at Trader Joe’s. I usually just saute it in some garlic and olive oil, but recently I wanted to change things up a bit and make some creamed spinach. I found this recipe on Simply Recipes and it was delicious. The bacon and onions add lots of flavor and the classic white sauce (or bechamel) give the spinach some creaminess that we all loved.
This was a great side dish and the one thing that I will say is that you need to make sure that you drain all of the water from the spinach that you can. Any extra water left dilutes the sauce and takes away from the flavor.
Creamed Spinach With Bacon
- 1 pound spinach
- 3 strips of thick cut bacon finely chopped and uncooked
- 1 clove garlic - minced
- 1/2 medium onion - chopped fine
- A pinch of nutmeg
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 1 cup whole milk you can use skim here, but your sauce will not be quite as thick or as rich
- Steam the spinach until wilted and then drain the spinach to remove all water. Press the spinach into the sides of a colander to remove as much water as possible. Chop the spinach and then set aside.
- Cook the bacon in a saute pan until almost cooked and then add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent.
- To make the white sauce melt the butter in a saucepan and then add the flour. Stir to cook for about 1-2 minutes. Slowly add the milk and then stir until thick.
- Add the spinach and bacon mixture to the white sauce and then stir until combined. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper and then cook over heat for a few minutes. Serve and enjoy!