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Creamed Spinach with Bacon

This delicious recipe is courtesy of Michael Lomonaco.

  • Servings: 4
Creamed Spinach with Bacon

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January Winter 2007

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces sliced bacon
  • 4 to 6 cups fresh spinach leaves, washed well and drained
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, heated
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Directions

  1. Heat a nonstick skillet over low heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy, about 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain; reserve bacon fat. When bacon has cooled, crumble and set aside.

  2. Fill a large saucepan with 2 inches of water. Fit with a steamer basket. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Add spinach to steamer basket, cover, and steam until wilted, about 2 minutes. Transfer spinach to a colander set over a large bowl to drain, reserving drained water; let cool slightly.

  3. Place butter and 2 tablespoons reserved bacon fat in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until melted and beginning to bubble. Whisk in flour, and cook, whisking, until well combined, 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk in cream and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and let simmer until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.

  4. Add spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add some of the reserved spinach water if mixture seems too thick. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg; stir in bacon. Transfer creamed spinach to a serving bowl; serve immediately.

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