This is my new favorite side dish. I've come up with a way to justify my not-so-healthy diet. As long as I serve something healthy along with the sinful it evens out, right? My husband who is healthier than me really would be a vegetarian if I went along with it. But I'm a meatatarian. I can't help it. So I try to balance. If I'm going to serve beef I try to serve something green. Hence the beef and broccoli we've had 3 times in the last month. My other big dietary issue is I'm a southern girl and I sometimes crave those authentic southern foods. A couple of nights ago I wanted to try to make beef short ribs. It seems they're all the rage right now. I decided some cheesy grits perfectly accompany them. I needed a green side dish. I had a bag of spinach and decided it would work. I read a couple of recipes and decided that I liked the Neely's take on sauteed spinach. I made a whole bag thinking it would surely be too much but it wasn't. It was just enough for two people. And I think my husband could have eaten all of it by himself. But did I take any pictures? No. But I knew I had to share this recipe.
Then last night I made (cringing) chicken fried steak fingers, mashed potatoes, gravy.. and you can guess. I needed something green. So I asked my husband if he'd mind if I made the spinach again. He was excited! It was sooooooo good!!!!
My advice is have everything ready to go. This cooks in less than a minute and you will not have time to go search for what you need. I didn't even have time to take a picture of the cooking process.
Here's what you'll need:
1 bag of spinach (or more)
onion diced, I used about 1-2 Tablespoons
one small garlic clove, minced.
Olive oil and or butter
salt and pepper
Wash your spinach well and give it a whirl in the salad spinner to get most of the water off. It can be damp.
P.S. Look at my ancient salad spinner. It's so old it's getting brittle. I bought this at Crate and Barrel around 1990. I'd say I got my money's worth!
Get your pan ready. I went ahead and used both olive oil and butter. It may have been overkill. But it was good.
Heat your pan on high or med-high.
As soon as your butter is melting go ahead and add your onion and garlic. In a few seconds add your spinach.
My husband snapped a photo for me and now the truth is out... I am an alien. It's true. The proof is there in this picture. He caught me flicking some sea salt into the pan.
By the time you toss the spinach to distribute the olive oil it will already be wilting. You can turn off the heat now. You are done. Time < a minute. After you turn off the heat add a few drops of balsamic vinegar.
If you like cooked spinach at all I think you should make this. The flavor is incredible and we ate a whole bag of spinach! I could never eat a whole bag of spinach any other way.
This will be a regular side dish from now on in our house!
Life on the lake is laid back. When we cook it's far from being fancy affair. It's all about relaxing with friends and family and enjoying comfort food. More often than not it's not all that healthy but boy it sure is good!!!