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How to Make Creamed Spinach

How to Make Creamed Spinach

Last Updated on 25th February 2022 by

So, there’s two ways to make creamed spinach- you can either do it the super simple way with two ingredients or the more complicated way with a few more ingredients.

Either way, it’s a great side dish to a larger meal, accompanying corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, roasted chicken, or any number of pasta dishes as a tasty, savory partner.

A lot of people will use creamed spinach as one of their sides for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It can serve as the delectable vegetable when you want something quick and easy to put together.

You can have it prepared in a matter of minutes, so it’s a great last-minute addition to your meal.

How to Make Healthy Creamed Spinach

I’ll tell you right now that the simple way to make this dish is to simply mix together spinach and heavy cream. It’s not very healthy, though.

That heavy cream can have a lot of fat in it, and if you’re looking to avoid that, then I want to share with you a different version that’s less of a guilty pleasure but no less appetizing.

This recipe forgoes the heavy cream and uses arrowroot milk instead. You could also use almond milk, if you prefer.

Enjoy this complex but absolutely amazing how to make creamed spinach recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of arrowroot flour
  • 1 teaspoon of arrowroot flour
  • 1 cup of arrowroot milk (or almond or cashew milk)
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 10 ounces of spinach (about 2 packages)
  • 1 cup of parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare a casserole dish by greasing it with oil or butter.
  3. Heat butter in a saucepan on the stove on medium heat.
  4. Add in garlic and onion and cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add in all of your spices and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add in flour and stir for an additional minute.
  7. Add in milk and mix, then allow sauce to reach a boil. Once it boils, reduce the heat and allow to simmer until it thickens.
  8. Add in parmesan cheese and whisk for about 30 secodns, until it melts.
  9. Add in spinach in batches and cook until the spinach wilts.
  10. Pour everything into the casserole dish and cook for 20 minutes.

How to Make Creamed Spinach with Frozen Spinach

Can you use frozen spinach to make the creamed spinach dish? Does it need to thaw first?

You should thaw it out first, but frozen spinach makes for a great alternative to fresh spinach. That’s what most people use in theirs, just to let you know, and it works just fine.

You can thaw the spinach by leaving it in the fridge for a few hours (or overnight) or you can put it in the microwave to defrost for faster thawing. Then, just use the spinach as normal in your recipe.

No changes have to be made once the frozen spinach has thawed fully. Be sure to get rid of any excess water, though, as you won’t want that to thin out your creamed spinach.

How to Make Creamed Spinach with Cream Cheese

I already shared with you a method for making creamed spinach with heavy cream or by using arrowroot milk, but what about cream cheese? Let me tell you how you’ll do that.

Cream cheese works best in this dish when paired with a little milk. This helps to thin it out and make it creamier. You can add the milk and cream cheese to your pot when you are cooking up the other ingredients and stir them together until the cream cheese melts.

Just whisk and cook until the cream cheese is completely smooth. You don’t want any lumps in there.

How to Make Creamed Spinach with Fresh Spinach

Even though most people use frozen spinach to make their creamed spinach dish, you are welcome to use fresh spinach. You just need to prepare it properly first.

You will want to get rid of the stems. They are kind of tough and can be difficult to eat, especially after they have been cooked. You will want to cut them off either before or after you cook them.

If you are cooking the spinach with other ingredients, get rid of the stems first to save yourself some trouble.

How to Thicken Creamed Spinach

There are a couple of ways to make your thin creamed spinach a bit thicker. You can add heavy cream, but that can be really fattening, so I suggest corn flour instead. This has practically no taste and doesn’t affect the nutritional value much at all.

Be sure to mix the corn flour with water and dissolve the flour to make a slurry before adding it to the creamed spinach.

How to Freeze Creamed Spinach

This dish stores really well in the freezer, and it just needs to be placed in a freezer safe bag or container. It can be stored for as long as a year before it starts to go bad.

Be sure to let it thaw out in the fridge overnight before you try to use it. That works much better than trying to defrost it in the microwave.

How to Cook Creamed Spinach without Cream

Who needs cream for this dish? If you want to skip the cream, just use the milk of your choice. Coconut milk, almond, dairy, arrowroot, or just about any other kind of milk will work fine in place of cream.

How to Make Creamed Spinach with Sour Cream

You can change up the flavor a bit by using sour cream for this dish. I recommend adding in some milk to thin it out, but otherwise, you can use the sour cream the same way you would use cream cheese for the same recipe.

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