Creamed Spinach with Parmesan and Prosciutto
Creamed spinach is a classic steakhouse side dish of chopped fresh spinach in a rich, cheesy cream sauce. We wanted to avoid the fate of gray, stringy spinach in a stodgy, heavy sauce that befalls most recipes.
Why This Recipe Works
Most creamed spinach recipes produce gray, stringy spinach in a stodgy, heavy sauce. We wanted to reinvigorate this staple. For a deeper-flavored base, we sautéed onion and garlic in butter before stirring in the flour. Swapping whole milk for the cream called for in many creamed spinach recipes lightened the sauce and ensured that more of the spinach taste shone through. To avoid a watery sauce, we drained and pressed excess liquid from the cooked spinach before allowing it to heat through with the creamy sauce.