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Steakhouse-Style Creamed Spinach

Creamed spinach has always been one of my favorite sides to order at steakhouses. Ruth’s Chris, Chicago Chop House, Mr. John’s Steakhouse in New Orleans, Lawry’s, etc… I just love a good ole’ piece of steak that is cooked to medium rare and served alongside creamy, perfectly-seasoned, bacon-y creamed spinach. I have found the perfect recipe to amount up to the creamed spinach you eat in the fancy steakhouses.

I can’t believe Christmas is finally here! I feel like the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas goes by so fast and I know I say this every year. I love love love Christmas so much because it truly is a time to appreciate the special people in your life, look back on the year and feel grateful while also feeling hopeful for a new year ahead (especially 2021!) and obviously, eating good food. This year, we are with my husband’s family in The Woodlands for the Christmas holiday. Although I miss my immediate family more than ever during this time, I’m happy everyone is staying safe and healthy. Thank goodness for Zoom so I can still see my family’s beautiful faces on Christmas Day.

If anyone is planning on preparing a beautiful and rich prime rib for Christmas dinner, I highly recommend pairing this creamed spinach recipe to go alongside. Even if you aren’t a fan of raw spinach, I promise you will love this recipe. It truly is the best! My mom has been using this creamed spinach for a long time and she finally shared it with me. It’s super easy and super worth the calories.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

XX,
JJ

Steakhouse Style Creamed Spinach

A delicious side dish for any occassion!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people

Equipment

  • Cutting Board & Chef Knife
  • Large Saute Pan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Microplane

Ingredients
  

  • 24oz Raw Baby Spinach about 4 bags
  • 4 slices Bacon diced
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion small dice
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Half & Half
  • 1 Lemon zested
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Kosher Salt & Black Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat.
  • Add the diced bacon and slowly render the fat until the bacon is crispy, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the cooked bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon. Then, add the diced onion to the pan and sauté in the bacon fat until tender and translucent, about 5 minutes. 
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Next, sprinkle the flour over the onion/garlic mixture.
  • Simultaneously, pour the milk and heavy cream into the saute pan while stirrring with a wooden spoon to ensure there are no flour chunks.
  • Cook over medium low heat until the mixture has thickened slightly.
  • Then, add the raw spinach to the mixture. Cook on low until spinach is completely wilted.
  • Add bacon crumbles back to the spinach along with freshly grated lemon zest.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste.

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