This is as woeful as a food photo gets.
This is a battered and beat up store brand 10 ounce package of frozen spinach. With the exception of those chichi microgreen spinaches suitable for salads I don’t see the point of buying fresh spinach.
I’ll come clean here about my history with spinach. When I was a child my mother served — as God is my witness — canned spinach. Unlike Popeye, her children failed to thrive. We went on hunger strikes, puked at the table, and resisted any suggestion that spinach would make us big and strong. We’d rather be Wimpies than eat spinach.
I lived a full, spinach-free life until I encountered real Italian cooking. All those sumptuous gnocchis and gnuddis and minestrones showed me I was a victim of canned spinach abuse and that the dirty sandy green stuff was my culinary buddy. The real Ah Hah moment was my first visit to the Berghoff restaurant in Chicago after my marriage. Their creamed spinach was a side, and the scales fell from my eyes.
But geez: you buy fresh spinach by the armful, and it needs to be washed, trimmed cooked squeezed and reduced from an armful to a cupful. I’m sorry to report, it’s not worth the effort or the money. Buy that 69 cent box of prewashed chopped spinach and bend it to your will, whether in dips, souffles, minestrones or: Creamed Spinach!
I found a year old block of frozen spinach in the freezer tonight. I cooked it in the microwave for four minutes. I dumped it into a strainer, pressed out excess liquid and tossed it in a saucepan with three tablespoons of butter, dashes of nutmeg, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Then I stirred in a couple of tablespoons of flour, cooked it down gently, and added a cup of half and half. Bubble bubble away until everything thickens up.
I spread it into a casserole and topped it with a golden later of Asiago. I’ll pop it into the oven with the (Nigella) dinner rolls. Cold chicken.
The frozen food aisle can be a noble and ecological and nutritional value place. Especially with spinach. No longer am I born in a garbage can.