I am so often faced with a bag of produce waiting to be used in my fridge. Something I thought I wanted when I was in the store and then the days start to pass, my tastes change and there it sits. I guess that happens when you are an unorganized shopper and shop without a list or recipes.
I finally gave up on my spinach salad and decided on this recipe. It was super easy and would be a great side to anything...steak, chicken, fish, etc.

Garlic Sauteed Spinach
Adapted from Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa Family Style
Serves 4

1 pound baby spinach leaves
1 1/2 Tablespoons good olive oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons chopped garlic (4 cloves)
pinch of kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 Tablespoon unsalted butter, optional
Sea salt, optional

Note: I made a few changes from the original recipe. Most importantly don't over salt. Make sure you use sea salt or kosher salt which is less "salty" than regular table salt. You can always add more salt at the end if needed.

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.

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.



Holly said...

Yum! I love spinach:)

Elena said...

Simple but very tastefull

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I make this all the time, and we love it. Weird how much goes into the pan, and how it wilts down to almost nothing! So glad you shared this.

Zia Elle said...

I make so often this recipe, I like becouse is esay and fast........Love spinach!!

Anonymous said...

This sounds like it should be a regular.

Kim said...

I love this recipe!! I can almost never eat enough garlic sauteed spinach. If I happen to have any leftover, I love to eat it with eggs in the morning:D

À LA GRAHAM said...

Holly, Me too!
Elena, sometimes those are the best recipes!
Debby, I know! The 1st time I made it I kept rechecking the recipe thinking the amount was a typo because it seemed like a HUGE amount of raw spinach but then before you know it, it wilts down to a tiny amount.
Zia, It is so easy and fast...the perfect side.
Kim, I always add spinach to eggs too. This is also great in soups and pastas...pretty much anything.

Gloria said...

I love spinachs in all forms! really we find tasty and my kids love too, this look sooo tasty Tonya, gloria

Brownieville Girl said...

We have similar shopping styles!!!

Just love spinich - your (excellent) photo at the top is making me really hungry!

Dolci D'Amira said...

Yummy yum, I've just come across your blog via Elra's. I'm interested to read that sea salt/kosher salt is less salty that table salt, this might explain why my food still doesn't taste as salty as I would like as I use rock salt in a grinder. What do you think?? Thanks, regards, Amira

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