Bechamel and Greens

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

Here, you can use chard, kale, or spinach to make an easy, delicious side dish. Coarsely chop the greens (with any tender stems), steam them until cooked through, then squeeze them dry in cheesecloth or a clean kitchen towel.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped (about ¼ cup)

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 2 cups squeezed-dry coarsely chopped steamed greens (from 1 ¾ pounds swiss chard, 1 ½ pounds kale, or 2 pounds baby spinach)

  • teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons coarse salt

  • teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute.

  2. Add milk, whisking until mixture just comes to a simmer. Gently simmer, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in greens, nutmeg, salt, and pepper and cook until heated through. Creamed greens can be made 1 day ahead, cooled completely, and stored in refrigerator. Reheat, stirring, over medium heat.

    Marcus Nilsson
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