Saturday, March 30, 2013

Classic Creamed Spinach

When I found this recipe for a healthy version of creamed spinach, I just knew I had to make it.  It was delicious.  You could also add chopped artichoke hearts or water chestnuts and serve this as an appetizer.

2 (10 oz) pkgs frozen chopped spinach
2 tsp butter
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots or onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp cornstarch
1 1/2 cups low-fat milk
1/2 tsp liquid smoke (optional - I didn't use this.)
3 TBS light cream cheese
3/4 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
2 TBS grated Parmesan cheese

Place the frozen spinach in a large microwave-safe bowl, add 1/2 cup of water, cover, and microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Place the spinach in a colander, using a spoon or small plate, press the water out of the spinach until the spinach is dry.

In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.  Add the shallots (or onion) and cook until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes.  Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute.

Stir the cornstarch into the milk along with liquid smoke (if using).  Add the mixture to the pan, bring to a simmer, and simmer for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.  Reduce heat to low and stir in the cream cheese, seasoned salt and pepper.  Cook until smooth.

Stir in the spinach and increase the heat to medium.  While gently stirring, cook for 2-3 minutes or until thoroughly coated (if adding spinach creates excess water, continue cooking until thick again).  Stir in Parmesan cheese and serve.

Makes 4 servings

Source:  Eat More of What You Love - Marlene Koch


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