This is Bena’s German style creamed spinach recipe. It’s not my usual fare but oh so comforting!
My grandmother Bena was from German descent. This is one of the dishes she made. I could eat a whole pan of this yummy side dish. I could literally sit on the floor with a pan of this creamed spinach in my lap and shovel it in my mouth, smiling all the while with my spinach coated teeth.
I would put Popeye to shame.
She also made German style peas, which is similar to the spinach but with, you know, peas. Which I also LOVE and perhaps I will blog about in the future. I haven’t decided yet.
It has been a while since I’ve made German style creamed spinach, probably because of how much of it I would eat if I did. And oh, I have missed it!
I will have you know that I found my self control and have managed not to eat the whole pan.
On to Bena’s German style creamed spinach
Here are the ingredients. Frozen spinach, flour, vegetable shortening and a little salt.
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I unwrap both packages of spinach, place them in a microwavable bowl and pop it in the microwave for 1 minute. I then take it out, stir and pop it in for another minute or two, until the spinach is hot. You don’t need to add any additional water, just let the water from the melting spinach stay in the bowl.
I take a small sauté pan and place it over medium heat. I add the shortening and once that melts, I add the flour and whisk it in until the mixture thickens and gets creamy.
Here’s a photo of the spinach all warmed up.
Now, I salt the spinach, add the shortening/flour mixture and stir everything up.
Let’s look at a spoonful of this glorious greenness.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe! I certainly do! And here’s a shout-out to German-style cooking. Thanks, Nana!
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Creamy delicious spinach
- 2 packages of frozen spinach
- 1/2 cup crisco
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Unwrap spinach, transfer to microwaveable bowl and microwave for 1 – 2 minutes until hot
- Heat a medium sauté pan and add crisco, melt and whisk in flour making sure it doesn’t clump. Whisk until creamy
- Salt the spinach and add the crisco/flour mixture until you like the consistency, the creamier the better
- Spoon some on a plate