Recipe: Fancy Creamed Spinach

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on January 21, 2010

I think that spinach has gotten a bad rap.  Really-somewhere along the lines folks have decided that it is slimy and disgusting.  How unfair!  Spinach is a vitamin & mineral powerhouse (dark green leafy vegetable!) and is a good source of fiber.

Fresh spinach is lovely either raw, lightly sauteed or steamed. . . but in the winter, out of season, it’s not exactly a frugal vegetable choice.  Frozen is a  better bet when your budget is on the line.  Try this great way to dress up plain frozen spinach~it’s a company worthy sidedish!  The original recipe claimed that this tastes just like the creamed spinach at “Boston Market”.  .  . since I’ve never tasted theirs, I can’t comment.  All I can say is it is delish!  Not low calorie-but delish!

Fancy Creamed Spinach

1 Can Cream of Celery Soup
1 TBS Flour
1 small onion
4 TBS Butter
1/2 tsp garlic
salt & pepper
2 boxes of frozen spinach-thawed, drained & squeezed dry

Dice onion and sautee in 2 TBS butter until soft, then set aside.
In saucepan melt remaining 2 TBS butter.
Add soup, flour, garlic, salt & pepper and mix until smooth.
Add sauteed onions & drained spinach.
Cook until heated through.

Variations:

Use homemade cream of anything soup instead of store bought
Use 1 C homemade white sauce instead of cream of celery soup
Add a dash of nutmeg or add a bay leaf & clove into the sauce while cooking, remove prior to serving.
Add fresh diced garlic-I love it so I’d add a couple of cloves.
Like cheese? Add 1/2 cup of shredded cheese or 1/4 cup grated Parmesan.

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