What Would Popeye Do?
I think about the crusty cartoon character each time I swoop into a bowl of Creamed Spinach. Remember Popeye? The muscular ol’ sailor could squeeze open a can of spinach with his bare hands and chug the leafy green vegetable all the while he was smoking a pipe.
Every kid knew his theme song: “I’m strong to the finish cuz I eats me spinach, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man!”
When I recently had the urge to use up some of the items languishing in my refrig, I came upon a bag of spinach. I could put some in a salad or turn it into creamed spinach. I chose the cooked version for a change.
A Classic Side Dish
The old steakhouse side dish turned out to be far easier to make than I thought. There’s one pan for making the sauce of flour, butter, spices, and milk, or cream; (some add cream cheese) as well. The other pan is for boiling the spinach.
You can find a copycat version of Morton’s Steakhouse Creamed Spinach here.
Both Fresh or Frozen Work
Kitchen maven, Marcella Hazan said to use only as much water as will cling to the leaves. I was afraid to go that far, but kept the amount small. Be sure to use plenty of spinach, because it shrinks by a lot. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of boiling the spinach, just use frozen and squeeze out the water.
Did you know that Popeye didn’t always get his strength from spinach? He originally gained luck from rubbing the head of a whiffle hen named Bernice. But when spinach became favored for it’s iron content (though it’s no greater than any other vegetable), the sailorman switched to spinach for his unique powers.