04 May 2011

Popeye

One of my mother's go to vegetable side dishes was spinach with onions and sour cream. It wasn't a fancy dish, but rather something that could go alongside a meatloaf or a pork chop on a weeknight. She'd take a block of frozen chopped spinach, out of one of those waxed paper boxes, sprinkle it with dehydrated minced onions and steam it in one of the Revere Ware skillets she'd gotten as a wedding present. Just before serving, she'd stir in a big blob of sour cream. It was delicious - sort of like a tangy creamed spinach.

The other night, I was rooting around in the freezer looking for something green to go with a pork chop - it being that time of year when fresh greens are an occasional proposition - though the greenmarkets are starting to burst. Happily, I found a package of blanched spinach, from the CSA greens glut last fall. We had onions, we had the tail end of a container of sour cream, and I decided to reinvent my mother's old standby.

Spinach and Onions with Sour Cream
1 onion
2 T. butter
a pinch of cayenne
1/2 t. salt
1 package of spinach (fresh or frozen)
1/3 cup sour cream

Peel and trim the onion. Cut in half, vertically. Cut sides down, slice into little half moons about 1/8" thick. Melt the butter in a pan with a lid. Add the onions and a tablespoon or two of water. Cover and cook slowly, until the onions are tender, melted, not brown. Add spinach, cayenne and salt. Cover the pot and cook until heated through. Take off the lid - if there seems to be too much liquid, turn up the heat and boil some of it off. Off heat, stir in the sour cream. It's not beautiful, but it's awfully tasty.

10 comments:

Janet said...

perfect! I had some spinach in the fridge I need to use tonight :-) Thanks!

YourFireAnt said...

I like that you stuck the butter in almost first thing.

;-)

De said...

My mom did not know how to make spinach so yummy, which is why I hated it for the first quarter century of my life.

apathy lounge said...

I think I got turned off of spinach at a tender age because my mother made us eat it from the can. Truly awful. I love the fresh bits in a salad, though.

Elissa said...

Yum - thanks for that. Can't wait to make it - maybe tonight and it will be forever known in my house your mother's spinach.

Anjali said...

Sounds delish!

Mental P Mama said...

Yum! I just tossed some spinach with artichoke hearts...wish I'd had the sour cream.....

Imperatrix said...

Looks delish! Did you use course salt?

;-)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Yum--I do love me some spinach.

yogurt said...

Like I need to read this recipe - sour cream and spinach, yum! I love, love, love steamed spinach. Husband grows it in his winter garden. I like to sprinkle mine with mozzarella or shredded parmesan.