Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sauteed Spinach

sauteed spinach

I just bought a huge amount of local spinach at the farmer's market on Long Island and there is nothing like it.

The leaves are big and bright green.

Not the "baby" spinach, that is found prewashed in bags (and has no real flavor), but the real deal.

Remember, that green thick leafy vegetable that made Popeye so strong?
That's what I'm talkin' about.

The stuff you add bacon and hard boiled egg and a warm honey mustard dressing to make a delicious salad with.

Here is a great way to eat your spinach.

The only down side is you will think you have so much spinach that it won't fit in the pan, but once you cook it, it barely feeds 2 people.

Sauteed Spinach:

2 huge bunches of fresh spinach (about 2 lbs), roots removed and washed thoroughly (get all that sand off....I soak mine in a bowl of water)
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 tbsp kosher salt
shake of hot pepper flakes
handful of golden raisins
olive oil for the pan

Coat a heavy skillet with olive oil and add your garlic cloves.
Turn on the heat and cook garlic a minute until fragrant.

Place your spinach directly on top (make sure it is not still wet) of the garlic and move around with tongs for about a minute. It will cook and wilt quickly.

Add the salt, hot pepper and raisins and continue moving around in the pan for about 2 more minutes until the desired consistency.

I like to serve a nice piece of grilled fish or chicken on top of it.



Julie said...

Sounds great!
Why turn the heat on after the garlic's in?

mil said...

Well .... that IS the way to cook spinach. I remember the Galloping Gourmet, Graham Kerr, showing the masses on tv how to strip off the long stems in a second.
However,last night I cooked the bag of spinach in the microwave - a first. Once it cooked I didn't know what to do with it. You're right!! No flavor, but we did eat it. A little oil and s&p.

Pam said...

Simple, healthy, and delicious. I love spinach!

kat said...

I agree the spinach in the markets is so good right now! I love it sautéed like that

Zoe said...

This is my favorite way to eat spinach too. I add garlic and a squeeze of lemon.

Anonymous said...

How did you get Henry to let you put a picture of him in your blog. He doesn't like to show off his musclls.


The Food Hunter said...

I love fresh spinach!

Jen_from_NJ said...

I got a little tease of fresh spinach in my CSA box last week but none this week. I am craving it after this lovely post!

Steve said...

Love this. Now Stace....go ahead and throw in some crumbled bacon. Just do it.

StaceyEsq said...

My absolute favorite!

tasteofbeirut said...

Love that spinach! We bought some here too and the roots still have all that dirt! Ate some and want some more. Love that you added raisins, great idea.

Lisa in Delaware said...

That sounds yummy! I also like too add a stick of cinnamon (that's my Indian recipe). Thank you, Stacey. Lisa

Proud Italian Cook said...

Spinach with lots of garlic and lemon is what I usually do, I'll try it your way next time, love sweet and heat!

The Japanese Redneck said...

This is almost exactly how I cook my kale.

Lori Lynn said...

One of my first jobs as a prep cook, clean and de-stem the spinach. We sold tons of spinach salad with poppy seed vinaigrette. I love those big spinach leaves, especially for the texture when wilted. Your recipe sounds terrific.