Don’t you miss going out to dinner? I sure do. I miss getting dressed up, or at least putting on a nicer pair of blue jeans, and getting into the Los Angeles traffic to dine somewhere familiar, or unfamiliar. I miss rushing the front door of a bustling establishment, and being greeted by a smiling host who is eager to seat me. I miss sitting elbow-to-elbow next to strangers, while I ponder the menu. I miss looking up at the waiter and smiling, while he reads the specials and offers his or her best opinion about their favorite dishes. And yes, I even miss screaming over the loud rap music that is playing above us, while trying to enjoy my perfectly cooked food.
Well, with that in mind, this recipe is a nod to a restaurant-style side dish that I enjoy when I go out to dinner with my husband. Creamed Spinach, an old-school favorite, is still on steakhouse menus across this city, and even though we don’t frequent steakhouses that often, I still do enjoy this creamy side of greens. When cooking it at home, I lightened it up a bit because I can, and I think it tastes just as good, if not better, than the classic. I use whole-milk, and cut the cream out entirely, and add a touch of Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard. This quick side is done in minutes and tastes so delightful with a good steak, roast chicken, or even a hardier piece of fish. Every bites brings me back to dining in restaurants, and how I long for one. #StayHome
1 tablespoon butter
1 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
splash of hot sauce, any variety
1 bunch of fresh spinach or 5 cups spinach leaves
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
salt & pepper
- In a large saute pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon butter, shallot and whole garlic. Cook for 2 minutes. Add flour and stir, continue to cook for 1 minute. Add milk, mustard, Worcestershire, hot sauce, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, whisk until thickened and creamy, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add spinach, all at once and stir until wilted, about 2 minutes. Top with Parmesan and season with more salt and pepper, as desired. Serve immediately. Enjoy!