Creamed Spinach


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Servings: 4
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 whole clove
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 (10 ounce) bagsready-to-use fresh spinach
  • Melt 4 tablespoons butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add flour and stir until light golden, about 7 minutes.
  • Stir in onion, bay leaf and clove.
  • Gradually whisk in milk.
  • Whisk until mixture boils and thickens, about 10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes longer, whisking frequently (sauce will be very thick).
  • Remove bay leaf and whole clove.
  • Cook spinach in large pot of boiling water just until wilted and tender, about 2 minutes.
  • Drain.
  • Transfer spinach to bowl filled with ice water to cool.
  • Drain well.
  • Roll up spinach in kitchen towl and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  • Transfer spinach to processor and finely chop.
  • Add spinach to warm sauce, simmer over low heat until spinach is heated through, stirring often, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

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