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Easy Creamed Spinach

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This classic spinach side dish uses cream cheese as a thickener and is popular with both young and old.

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  • Servings: 4
easy creamed spinach

Photography: David Loftus

Source: Everyday Food, April 2007

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 bunches (2 1/2 pounds total) flat-leaf spinach, trimmed and cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 ounces bar cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • coarse salt and ground pepper

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add spinach, and cook just until wilted, about 1 minute. Drain in a colander; rinse with cold water until cool. Squeeze spinach to remove as much liquid as possible; coarsely chop, and set aside.

  2. In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium. Add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion softens, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Add cream cheese and milk; cook, stirring, until cream cheese is melted and smooth. Stir in spinach. Simmer over medium heat until mixture thickens, 8 to 10 minutes. Add nutmeg; season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Notes

When you're ready to prepare spinach, discard any yellow leaves and tough stems. Spinach can be gritty, so to clean it, swish it around in several changes of cool water until there's no grit left at the bottom of the bowl.

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  • angelenelamy
    9 JUL, 2017
    Super easy and delicious! I did make a few slight modifications just based on preference. I swapped the milk for heavy whipping cream which makes it a bit thicker. We are cheese lovers so I added a bit of monterey jack and fresh parmesan melted into the mixture as well. A little bit of red pepper flake adds a nice kick if you like to spice things up a bit. I make mine ahead of time and reheat in a ceramic dish in the oven on about 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. I like to experiment so I doctored this excellent basic recipe. It is fabulous as is as well so you can't go wrong with this one. It would make a nice appetizer with pita or tortilla chips.
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  • abcparrilladas
    27 MAY, 2017
    I found it interesting to read great reviews about this recipe and another where one family decide to throw away the leftovers. I still decided to make the recipe exactly as it was written and this is what I discovered: TASTE Delicious. The white sauce was extraordinary and very easy to make. TEXTURE Terrible. The spinach turned out tough, rough, hard to chew and swallow. WHY? Just letting the spinach wilt in the boiling water for 1 minute is not enough and will not soften the spinach's fiber. WHAT TO DO Let the boiling water soften the spinach before removing and cutting. Since I did not want to throw away everything I added a cup of milk, covered the pot and let it simmer for 20 minutes until the spinach softened. It turned out excellent. Hope this helps!
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  • tmcfizergmail
    14 APR, 2017
    This was my first time making creamed spinach and I had some sliced button mushrooms that I needed to use,so I sauteed them in butter and garlic and added them. It was delicious!! I loved that this recipe was so easy to follow. I making it again tonight to add with some steaks on the grill. Yum!
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  • gglagrantgmail
    5 DEC, 2016
    I made the cream spinach for the first time and it was great. I got it right by following the receipe and everyone enjoyed it even the ones who claim they didn't like spinach.
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  • Selena Mcfadden
    13 JAN, 2015
    I felt like this recipe was kind of lacking... I cooked it exactly as it said to, but when it was finished it was much too milky and watery and the flavor wasn't that great... so what I did was take the whole mixture, spinach and all and put it in a sauce pan cooked it down so it wasn't as water, added a little garlic powder and bacon and when I got it to where it was kind of stringy looking I took it out and it was great! :)
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  • JuliCooks
    2 DEC, 2014
    This turned out terrible for me. I made the recipe exactly as instructed, and I believed it turned out how it should have. However, the flavor was terrible. My household doesn't have picky eaters, but none of us could even finish eating our helpings of this. Everyone agreed this recipe was "not a keeper" and we threw away the whole bowl of leftovers. I do not recommend.
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  • PinkStephens77
    29 JUN, 2014
    Oh my gosh! This is the BEST creamed spinach i've ever had. My husband loved it too and he's a picky one! Thanks Martha!
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  • Nataloo
    3 MAR, 2014
    Super yummy! All of the kids gobbled it up!
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  • Sashaburn
    25 JUN, 2013
    This recipe was really easy to make and absolutely delicious.
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  • Heather McKelvey
    10 MAR, 2013
    Easiest and delicious recipe! My 1.5 year old son loves it too, can't get enough. A home run in my book!
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