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Creamed Spinach

Serves 30

Originally aired

INGREDIENTS
  • 30 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick butter
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 7 rounded tablespoons flour
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
  • Ground black pepper and salt
  • 6 cups half-n-half (1 1/2 quarts)
  • 2 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
PREPARATION

Place a large saucepot over high heat; add half of the spinach to the dry hot pot and 1/2 cup water. Place lid on top, allow spinach to steam for about 2-3 minutes. Remove the spinach to a sheet tray fitted with a rack and repeat the process with remaining spinach. Once all the spinach is wilted, use a clean kitchen towel to ring out the excess liquid.

Using same pot the spinach was cooked in, melt butter and saut the garlic 1-2 minutes. Whisk in flour and grate in nutmeg, season with salt and ground black pepper. Cook 1 minute, add half-n-half and bring to a bubble. Simmer at a low bubble to thicken, about 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, separate spinach with your fingertips and add it to the thickened sauce. Fold in cheese and serve.

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