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Easy Creamed Spinach is one of my favorite recipes. Creamy, rich, and full of spinach and spice flavors.
Creamed spinach is a great recipe for the keto diet. It is a low carbohydrate food and the addition of whipping cream, butter, and cream cheese help add fat to your meal.
Spinach: Fresh spinach is primarily water so when you cook a large bag of fresh spinach, it will cook down to 4 or 5 one-half cup servings.
Spinach can be chopped into quarters or cooked whole.
Step 1 Gather ingredients.
Step 2 Finely chop the onion.
Step 3 Melt butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add spinach. Using a spatula and turn spinach from the bottom to the top. Cook for 5 minutes until spinach is wilted.
Step 4 Cut cream cheese into 1/2 inch cubes and add to spinach with cream. Lower heat to low and continue to stir until cream cheese is melted.
Step 5 Mix spices together and sprinkle over spinach. Stir until combined.
Step 6 Place in a serving bowl and sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg.
Frequently Asked Questions
You will find spinach in two varieties including flat or smooth leafed spinach or savoy. Savoy comes as a crinkly leafed version or a semi-Savoy which has slightly curly leaves.
When buying at the farmers market look for the semi-savoy or flat-leaf spinach. This will help decrease grit in your spinach dishes as curly-leaved spinach may hold more soil in its leaves.
When shopping for spinach you can find it in the fresh vegetables, the freezer section, or in a can at the grocery store. It is available fresh from the farmer's market.
Spinach retains its best flavor eaten fresh in a salad or when cooked from fresh or frozen sources.
When selecting fresh spinach, look for bunches with bright green color and a sweet smell. Avoid yellowed, spotted, and limp selections. Look for thin leaves from younger plants and the spinach will have a tender texture and less bitter flavor.
Greens, including spinach, will keep approximately 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator. If you won't spinach in a short period of time after purchasing, simply freeze it.
To freeze fresh spinach, you will need to thoroughly wash, blanch in boiling water for 2 minutes, cool, drain, package in an airtight container, and then freeze up to 3 months.2
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September 2021: Added Ingredient, Instruction, and Frequently Asked Question sections. Added new and process images.