This quick and easy recipe transforms fresh spinach into a savory side dish. First prepared by Martha's mother, this hearty version of the classic was an ever-present holiday menu offering in the Kostyra home.
2 1/2 pounds fresh spinach, well washed (not dried) and tough stems removed
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
Freshly grated nutmeg
Sour cream, for serving (optional)
Place spinach in a large pot over high heat. Cook, covered, with just the water clinging to leaves, stirring occasionally, until wilted, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain, squeezing out and reserving excess liquid. Roughly chop spinach; set aside.
In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour, and cook, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk; season with salt, pepper, and sugar. Thin with reserved spinach liquid. Stir in spinach. Sprinkle with nutmeg to taste and, if desired, top with a dollop of sour cream. Serve immediately.
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