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Creamed Spinach – German Style

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Wonder how to make delicious creamed spinach? Look no further, I have the perfect recipe for it! Even if you hate spinach (I think I know why), try this recipe and become a real spinach fan.

It came to my attention that a lot of Americans really hate spinach … probably even more than broccoli. In Germany, on the other hand, spinach is loved by young and old. Why? Because it is always made in a way that eliminates the bitter taste and the weird feeling on the teeth. We buy our creamed spinach ready to use in a frozen package, just need to thaw it, heat it and then serve it. But of course, we also know how to make it from scratch and I will share how we do it in Germany.

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German vs. American Spinach Recipes

While some recipes here in the US for creamed spinach seem quite similar, there are a couple of differences: Some recipes ask for frozen spinach but I would always use fresh spinach since it is not a given that the frozen spinach has been blanched. Then, American recipes often use half and half instead of heavy cream … well, that’s up to you … and also add cheese to the spinach – we don’t do that. Last, they usually leave the spinach whole while we blend it. To me, it seems that the American version ends up in a bit of a slimy, gooey consistency – not my thing. Also, in some restaurants here, the experience with spinach as a side dish has been mostly disappointing with unblanched spinach.

green spinach in a bowl

Spinach and That Weird Tooth Sensation …

If you eat spinach and then feel like you just ate chalk, you can be sure that your spinach has not been blanched (correctly). Spinach contains oxalic acid which is the culprit here. Oxalic acid is probably the spinach’s defense for insects and it seems to be working on quite a few humans, too … unless it’s prepared as I recommend. But there is more to Oxalic acid: It is also a nutrition blocker, blocking the body from absorbing calcium. Yes, that is a bad thing, especially for us women who are always at a greater risk of Osteoporosis. So, the salvia in your mouth contains calcium and reacts with the oxalic acid and that gives that chalky sensation on the teeth.

bowl with spinach on table

How to get rid of the Oxalic Acid in Spinach

It’s pretty simple: Just blanch the spinach! But you have to do it correctly, otherwise, it won’t work. So here is how it works:

You boil the spinach leaves in salted water for 30 to 60 seconds (not longer) and then immediately put it into ice water (not just cold water).

This process not only eliminates the oxalic acid, it also keeps the color of the spinach bright and removes any bitter taste.

creamed spinach with fried egg

Can We Safely Reheat Spinach?

Yes, BUT: You have to reheat it gradually! Do not use full power, no matter how much you want to rush the process. The reason for this is is a bit difficult to explain and I want to leave that to those who seemed to have embraced the task while I continue to stay away from Chemistry topics. It’s just not my strong side, let’s say that. So, here is explained why: Foodsguy.com

Leftover spinach should be put into the fridge asap, don’t leave it out more than two hours.

Can I Freeze Creamed Spinach?

If you want to prepare a larger amount of creamed spinach to use in the future or have a leftover, you can absolutely freeze that. I would recommend freezing it in ice cube containers (if you have enough of them) or in flat bags so the thawing won’t take too long. Here again, it is important to get the spinach to the desired temperature slowly.

Best practice: Let thaw in the fridge overnight, slowly reheat in a pot to serve immediately.

Also, Check out this Recipe:

Hearty Spinach Cake

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Recipe:

creamed spinach recipe

Creamed Spinach

Barbara
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch (or Dinner), Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine German
Servings 4 servings
Calories 250 kcal

Equipment

1 large pot
1 colander
1 cookpot

Ingredients
 
 

  • 750 g Spinach fresh
  • 2 l Water lightly salted
  • Ice Cubes & cold Water in a bowl
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 Onion small
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 4 tsp granulated Vegetable Broth disolved in little water
  • 150 ml Heavy Cream
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • some Salt
  • some Pepper
  • some Nutmeg ground

Instructions
 

Blanching

  • Wash the spinach until the water is clear.
  • In a large pot, bring the lightly salted water to a boil.
    2 l Water
  • Add the spinach to the boiling water – you might need to do it in several portions to fit all of it.
    750 g Spinach
  • Let boil for 30 to 60 seconds, then immediately take it out and put it into a bowl with ice water. Discard the cooking water.
    Ice Cubes & cold Water
  • Remove the spinach from the ice water once it has cooled and put it into a colander. Press the spinach by hand to remove as much water as possible. Let continue to drain while you continue with the next steps.

Preparing the Creamed Spinach

  • Dice the onion and heat a pot with the butter.
    1 Onion, 2 tbsp Butter
  • Fry the onions in the butter and peel the garlic.
    2 cloves Garlic
  • Once the onions are cooked until translucent, add the garlic with a garlic press and fry for 30 seconds, then add the spinach and stir.
  • Next, add the broth and the cream (as explained in the video) and stir.
    4 tsp granulated Vegetable Broth, 150 ml Heavy Cream
  • Let cook for some minutes, then use an immersion blender to blend it all.
  • Mix the flour with a bit of cold water and mix into the spinach.
    2 tbsp Flour
  • Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste.
    some Salt, some Pepper, some Nutmeg
  • Serve with potatoes or mashed potatoes and a fried or boiled egg.

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 7gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 239mgPotassium: 1126mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 18309IUVitamin C: 55mgCalcium: 236mgIron: 5mg
Keyword keto, vegetable, vegetarian
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4 thoughts on “Creamed Spinach – German Style”

  1. 5 stars
    As you stated in the video, some prefer this with mashed potatoes. My mother made this side dish with mashed potatoes. The only difference is the whole thing was made into a “mountain”, first the mashed potatoes, the spinach, and then the fried egg. So very delicious. Thank you

  2. Liebe Barbara, deine Rezepte sind spitze und ich liebe die Videos von dir. Heute habe ich dieses Spinatrezept ausprobiert und musste dann doch tatstächlich mit meinen Töchtern teilen :-).

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