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Creamed Spinach with Mrs. Kostyra


First prepared by Martha's mother, this classic was a regular on the holiday menu in the Kostyra home. Martha made this recipe on Cooking School episode 403.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2002


  • 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)


  1. Place spinach in a large pot over high heat. Cook, covered, with just the water clinging to leaves, stirring occasionally, until wilted, 8 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain, squeezing out and reserving excess liquid. Roughly chop spinach; set aside.

  2. 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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