Monday, January 18, 2010

Creamed Spinach A La Boston Market

In my quest to finally start eating healthier this year, I'm trying to add more vegetables to my diet. Spinach is one of those all around great vegetables, and I particularly love the creamed spinach from Boston Market. So I searched online for a "Boston Market" creamed spinach recipe. It seems I'm not the only one that loves it so much, because there are a plethora of copycat recipes out there. I tried the first one I found because I had all the ingredients on hand.
I have to say, it came out pretty darn close, though I did have to add some salt to it at the end.

here it is:

Boston Market Creamed Spinach III Recipe
Source: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/490/Boston_Market_Creamed_Spinach_59391.shtml

5 tablespoons butter OR margarine - divided
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup half and half cream
4 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons minced onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 (10 oz.) boxes frozen chopped spinach - thawed
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt 3 Tbls. butter. Stir flour and salt into pan until creamed together.

Slowly stir in cream, then stir in cream cheese; increase heat to medium.

Constantly whisk until mixture becomes thick and smooth; remove from heat; set aside.

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté onions and garlic in remaining butter until transparent.

Add spinach and water to pan; reduce heat to low; cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes.

Stir prepared sauce and Parmesan into pan; stir until completely blended.