Creamed Spinach with Bacon
Creamed spinach is so delicious, and the bacon makes it even better! Perfect to accompany herbed beef tenderloin, or grilled steaks!
1 pound fresh spinach, about 2 large bunches
3 to 4 strips of bacon, uncooked, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
A pinch of nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
1 cup cream
Special Equipment: Cast-Iron Casserole Dish
Cut off the thick stems of the spinach and discard. Clean the spinach by filling up your sink with water and soaking the spinach to loosen any sand or dirt. Drain the spinach and then repeat soaking and draining.
Blanch the spinach in a pot of boiling water until the spinach is wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water to stop the spinach from cooking further. Squeeze the spinach to remove all the moisture possible. Chop the spinach and set aside.
Heat a large skillet on medium high. Add the chopped bacon and sauté until the bacon begins to render some of its fat. Add the chopped onion and garlic. Sauté until onions are translucent.
Make the sauce: Melt butter in a small saucepan on medium/low heat until it just starts to bubble. Add the flour and cook, stirring until smooth, about 2 minutes. Slowly add the cream, whisking continuously, cooking until thick.
Combine spinach, bacon and onion mixture, and sauce into one pan. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer, remove from heat and serve.
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