How to prepare spinach

Step by step recipe:

  1. 10 min.How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #1
    Start by washing 1 kg fresh spinach in several changes of lukewarm water (not too cold, like for all earthy vegetables).
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    Drain.
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    To prepare the leaves, you need to remove the central vein, for that there are two methods:

    Fold the leaf in two along the central vein.
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    Then with a knife, remove the central vein.
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    You should keep only the green and tender part of the leaf.
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    Second method: fold the leaf in half along the central vein.
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    Then detach the vein by pulling on the stalk, from the base towards the top (in the direction of the arrow), until it's completely detached.
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    Do this for all the leaves.

    If you don't want to blanch the spinach, but just wilt it with a little butter, dry thoroughly in a salad spinner and go on to the following stage.
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    To blanch spinach

    If you wish to blanch before cooking, which brings out the flavour, boil a large pan of water, then salt using 1 tablespoon of salt per litre of water.

    Also prepare a large container, or your sink, full of water as cold as possible (ice-cold).
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    Tip in spinach leaves.
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    Plunge the leaves down under the water, while waiting for it to come back to the boil.
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    As soon as it boils again, remove spinach from pan with a skimmer, and transfer to ice-cold water.
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    As soon as spinach is completely cooled, drain thoroughly.
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    Then use a salad spinner to remove as much water as possible.

    Note: you will sometimes read in other recipes that you should squeeze spinach in your hands to remove water. I don't think this is a good idea because it gives you hard blocks of spinach, with the leaves all stuck together, not so easy to use.
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    And finally set aside on absorbant paper to collect any remaining water.

    The spinach is ready to be used in your recipe.
  16. See how to in this video.
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    If you wish to eat it like this (and it is already excellent), you just need to heat it through in a frying pan with a knob of butter.
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    Spinach "wilted" in butter

    If you have not blanched you spinach, take a high-sided pan, and melt 20 g butter in it.
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    As soon as it's fairly hot, add the spinach. If it won't all fit in the pan, wait until the first batch wilts, then add the rest.
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    As soon as spinach wilts, salt and pepper, taste to check, it's ready.

Remarks:

There is a a huge task of "spinach rehabilitation" to be done with children: "spinach is not inevitably the horrible green mush which you ate in the canteen"...

Recipes which use it: 17

Of which:
Eggs "en cocotte" with spinach
Eggs "en cocotte" with spinach
Spinach and hard-boiled egg gratin
Spinach and hard-boiled egg gratin
Scrambled eggs with butter-fried bread and fresh spinach
Scrambled eggs with butter-fried bread and fresh spinach
Feta and spinach brik pie
Feta and spinach brik pie
Gratin slices with spinach
Gratin slices with spinach

Source:

Home made.

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