For as long as I can remember spinach has been one of those vegetables that I enjoyed raw, with garlic and olive oil in an Italian restaurant, or as creamed spinach. In general when I ate spinach I was left with a furry feeling on my teeth. I tried to make it with garlic and olive oil, but something wasn’t right. I tried using way more olive oil than I would normally cook with, but that didn’t work. Then I tried a recipe that uses lemon and butter at the very end. This recipe changed my life! This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make, and is so good that my husband and my 15 month old daughter devour it. Ina Garten, I love you! Here is the link to recipe which can be found on the Food Network’s website. Garlic Sauteed Spinach Below is the recipe copied from the Food Network. My commentary is in ALL CAPS.
Again, this recipe has changed my life! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do in our house.
Garlic Sauteed Spinach 10 minutes
1 1/2 pounds baby spinach leaves
2 tablespoons good olive oil (I USE EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL)
2 tablespoons chopped garlic (6 cloves)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Lemon (I THINK THIS IS THE KEY TO NO FUR)
Sea or kosher salt, optional
Rinse the spinach well in cold water to make sure it’s very clean. Spin it dry in a salad spinner, leaving just a little water clinging to the leaves.(I BUY TRIPLE WASHED SPINACH THAT IS READY TO GO. THERE IS PLENTY OF WATER IN SPINACH)
In a very large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and saute the garlic over medium heat for about 1 minute, but not until it’s browned. Add all the spinach, the salt, and pepper to the pot, toss it with the garlic and oil, cover the pot, and cook it for 2 minutes. Uncover the pot, turn the heat on high, and cook the spinach for another minute, stirring with a wooden spoon, until all the spinach is wilted. Using a slotted spoon, lift the spinach to a serving bowl and top with the butter, a squeeze of lemon, and a sprinkling of sea or kosher salt. Serve hot.
Per Serving: Calories: 109; Total Fat: 6 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Protein: 3 grams; Total carbohydrates: 13 grams; Sugar: 0 grams Fiber: 5.5 grams; Cholesterol: 5 milligrams; Sodium: 821 milligrams