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Creamed Spinach

Even when you don't like spinach, creamed spinach is good. To me it's great comfort food. The bitterness that you might not like about cooked spinach is balanced well with the creaminess of the cheese, and the nutmeg adds just the right touch of aromatic spice.

Here's the recipe for Creamed Spinach without the pictures. You can print the recipe by clicking the print icon at the top of the right-hand column. Be sure to turn off any popup blockers, as it opens in a new window.

First, assemble the ingredients.

Ingredients for Creamed Spinach

Spiraling clockwise, from top left: spinach, black pepper, onions, cream cheese, milk, salt, nutmeg, olive oil.

First, chop the onion.

  • Place the thawed spinach in a strainer and place the strainer in a bowl. Place the thawed spinach in a strainer and place the strainer in a bowl.
  • Using the back of a rubber spatula or a spoon press the excess water out of the spinach. Using the back of a rubber spatula or a spoon press the excess water out of the spinach.
  • When you don't see any foam when you press the spinach, you're finished. When you don't see any foam when you press the spinach, you're finished.
  • I love fresh ground nutmeg and you can purchase whole nutmeg in many stores. I love fresh ground nutmeg and you can purchase whole nutmeg in many stores.
  • First, remove the outer shell of the nutmeg and discard. First, remove the outer shell of the nutmeg and discard.
  • My nutmeg grater has a tube for the nutmeg. My nutmeg grater has a tube for the nutmeg.
  • Place the nutmeg in the tube. Place the nutmeg in the tube.
  • The spring holds the nutmeg firmly against the grater. The spring holds the nutmeg firmly against the grater.
  • Close the tube. (Click the image to buy your own nutmeg grater at Amazon.com.) Close the tube. (Click the image to buy your own nutmeg grater at Amazon.com.)
  • It's best to grate onto a piece of wax paper to catch the nutmeg. It's best to grate onto a piece of wax paper to catch the nutmeg.
  • Simply move the nutmeg in its tube against the grater to grate the nutmeg. Simply move the nutmeg in its tube against the grater to grate the nutmeg.
  • No skinning your nuckles! No skinning your nuckles!
  • Place the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onions. Place the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onions.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the spinach. Add the spinach.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the milk. Add the milk.
  • Add the cream cheese. Add the cream cheese.
  • Stir to incorporate the milk and cream cheese a little. Stir to incorporate the milk and cream cheese a little.
  • Add the salt. Add the salt.
  • Add the pepper. Add the pepper.
  • Add the nutmeg. Add the nutmeg.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, until the cheese is melted and blended well.  Cook, stirring frequently, until the cheese is melted and blended well.
  • Serve. Serve.