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Old 03-15-2008, 07:41 PM   #1
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How to cook fresh spinach?

As some on the board know, I've made the transformation from canned to fresh spinach not too long ago. The thing is, I've never cooked fresh spinach by itself, I've only added it to other things that were already cooking... So how do I cook a simple fresh spinach?
I have no idea if I'm supposed to add it to boiling water, just wet it and sort of steam it, add it to cold water and bring to a boil... I'm just looking for spinach with a little salt and butter on my plate, maybe I don't even need to use water. Maybe I can just put it in a small pot with butter?

I can't believe my main cookbook doesn't have a recipe for plain cooked spinach. Any help in about 30 minutes would be appreciated
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Old 03-15-2008, 07:45 PM   #2
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Rinse it, don't drain it, throw it in a pot and cook until wilted. Don't overcook or it will be tough. You can season with salt, pepper, lemon, and garlic while cooking. The end. No pressure cooker needed here
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Old 03-15-2008, 07:49 PM   #3
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buy and cook large, i mean very large amount. it wilts down to a very little.have u ever had spinach salad? raw spinach, bacon, hard boiled eggs and a hot as in warm, oil and vingear dressing. yummy.babe
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Old 03-15-2008, 07:52 PM   #4
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Vicky, is so right, pacanis. All you need is the small amount of water that clings to the washed spinach. You only need a pan, a heat source and a few minutes. I love fresh spinach prepared any way. Actually, I love any kind of spinach.
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Old 03-15-2008, 07:53 PM   #5
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Rinse it, don't drain it, throw it in a pot and cook until wilted. Don't overcook or it will be tough. You can season with salt, pepper, lemon, and garlic while cooking. The end. No pressure cooker needed here
Aww gee, no PC
I figured that might be overkill.... Hey, where'd my spinach go? It's on the ceiling

So do I cover it and kind of steam it until it's wilted, or is a lid unnecessary?
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It goes very quickly. I don't usually use a lid as a result.
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Old 03-15-2008, 08:01 PM   #7
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Chop a few slices of bacon and brown it in a Dutch oven or deep skillet. When it's about half-way there, add half a medium onion, chopped and a little minced garlic.Cook on medium heat along with the bacon, until bacon is crisp and onion is soft. Add your spinach and about a quarter cup of water or broth. Sprinkle a good amount of salt over the top (1 tsp?), toss to mix, cover and steam until spinach is crisp tender. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the top (about 1/4 lemon) and dish up.
Garnish with sliced hard boiled eggs.

Obviously, these amounts aren't exact.
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Old 03-15-2008, 08:03 PM   #8
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Going by the additional replies I'll guess kitchenelf is Vicky?.....
Babetoo, that's not excactly what I do, but I'm always adding it to bacon or something else. Very good, but not what I'm looking for at this time.

Thanks, just scrolled down and saw no lid. That helps immensley. Just about time to get going on things as I think my baked potato on the grill is nearing finish.

I'm thinking this is probably the easiest thing in the world to cook... But I didn't know
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Old 03-15-2008, 08:06 PM   #9
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Once you get the spinach recipe down you might want to tackle other greens.

Kale, for example, is lovely. Cooked with a ham hock. Nothing is better.

Greens will be in season fairly soon. They are lovely. Give them a try.
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Kale, for example, is lovely. Cooked with a ham hock. Nothing is better.
Have you ever gotten ahold of the Rainbow Kale? The stalks and veins vary from golden to orange, red and purple. I grew some one year, but I was too busy in the greenhouse to do much with it, although I put it in stir-fries a couple of times.
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