Tuesday, January 5, 2010

No Cream Creamed Spinach

Watching Iron Chef America last night, I was intrigued by the intense green soup served by Flay and Comerford to the judges. One judge did not find a lot of flavor in it but the color was beautiful. They won the competition because of creativity and presentation.  I wanted to recreate the soup made with fresh baby spinach and found a recipe by Chef Comerford.  So here it is, adapted from Executive Chef Comerford's No Cream Creamed Spinach recipe with my own touches, a bit of butter and finely chopped almonds as garnish. It is so important to sweat the garlic and shallots to bring out their flavor and to adjust the seasonings for this to work.
No Cream Creamed Spinach

2 pounds baby spinach, washed and cleaned
2 tablespoons olive oil + 1 tsp butter
4 shallots, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Blanch half  the spinach in salted, boiling water. Immediately, “shock” the blanched spinach in a bowl of iced water. Drain and squeeze out the excess water then puree in a blender and set aside. I added 4 Tbsp water for a smoother texture.
In a large skillet, sweat the shallots and garlic until translucent. Add the rest of the spinach leaves. Toss and sauté until wilted then fold in the spinach puree. Make sure to season with salt and pepper.


My Carolina Kitchen said...

Gorgeous color and the fresh spinach makes it so healthy. I need to eat healthy now and get over the holidays.

Juliana said...

Wow, your spinach cream without cream looks delicious, love the color of it...so vivid :-) I'll definitely try it!

Anonymous said...

Such a healthy and delicious recipe! I love the vibrant green color!

Chef E said...

That is a nice green color, and I have spinach in the fridge. I have always added garlic to season this soup, but am willing to try a different approach. Thanks!

Carolyn Jung said...

This is a bowl of beautiful. The color is so vivid and fresh. Bravo!

Sook said...

Sounds and looks wonderful!

Sandra Ling said...

I've been buying a lot of spinach lately and using that as a replacement for spring mix in my salads I'm going to make this recipe this week, it looks delish!!! So fresh! I'll report back :)