Creamed spinach in a gold serving bowl

Creamed spinach

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 8

What can be better than a side of creamy, nutmeg-infused spinach? Perfect to accompany any roast and especially good at Christmas

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal83
  • fat6g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.26g
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  • 25g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 200ml full-fat milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 2 x 200g bags spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 100ml single cream
  • fresh nutmeg, for grating



    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury


  1. Heat 25g butter in a saucepan, then add 1 finely chopped small onion and cook for 5 mins until softened.

  2. Stir in 2 tbsp plain flour and cook for 2 mins, then slowly start to whisk in 200ml full-fat milk. When it has all been incorporated, gently cook for 5 mins until the sauce has thickened.

  3. Meanwhile, place two 200g bags spinach in a large colander. Pour over a kettle full of boiling water until the leaves have wilted (you may have to do this twice).

  4. Place the spinach in a clean dishcloth, squeeze out any excess liquid, then roughly chop.

  5. Stir into the sauce with 100ml single cream, gently heat, then finely grate over some fresh nutmeg and season well.

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18th Apr, 2014
I served this with potatoes and fried egg (as one of the comments below states, it's a traditional Czech Easter meal). Needless to say, it was yummy. I like the trick with kettle & hot water, this was the spinach doesn't get cooked completely dead and keeps a lot of flavour. Next time, I'll leave out 100ml milk (thus, use milk and cream 1:1), to make it a bit less liquid, possibly add a clove of garlic (ain't never enough of garlic, heh)
31st Mar, 2014
Simple and delicious. Had to be dairy free so used soya margerine, unsweetened soya milk and Alpro cream and no one could tell the difference!
9th Apr, 2013
Ridiculously easy and such a great side dish. I add more nutmeg just for that extra flavour.
18th Jan, 2013
Made this last Xmas and everyone loved it. The nutmeg adds a lovely touch to the cream and spinach. (mental note: should use nutmeg more often).
9th Jan, 2013
O MY!!!! Try frying muchrooms with the onions! And as soon as the dich is done and the moment you take it off the plate stir in a few pices of Feta Cheese! TO DIE FOR!!!!!!! Thanx!!!
29th Dec, 2012
I am a Chinese, I also like this recipt.its quite easy and delicious!
21st Dec, 2012
Has anyone tried this with baked ham? Wanted to try for Boxing Day?
21st Dec, 2012
Has anyone tried this with baked ham? Wanted to try for Boxing Day?
21st Dec, 2012
Has anyone tried this with baked ham? Wanted to try for Boxing Day?
17th Dec, 2012
I have made this recipe for three years running for Christmas. It's just so delicious and a family favourite.


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