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Old 08-27-2007, 06:30 PM   #1
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Spinach Leaves

I have a tons of spinach leaves that I have leftover from using them for salad....any suggestions?

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Old 08-27-2007, 06:34 PM   #2
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Rinse them off, drain them a bit and put the still-wet leaves in a skillet and steam them (using the water clinging on the leaves) until they wilt. Remove from the heat. Then stir in some olive oil a little minced garlic, little salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add some lemon juice or cider vinegar and some feta cheese crumbles. If you want to gild the lily, add some bacon bits, too. Serve as a warm side dish.
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Old 08-27-2007, 06:45 PM   #3
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Saute them in a little butter, salt and pepper,
and enjoy, simple but good. Also use them
on your sandwiches instead of lettuce. Can
also use your left over sauted spinach in
scrambled eggs or anything "florentine". I
imagine you can blanch and freeze, haven't
tried it myself.
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Wow, where to start!

simple and easy and very lovely is dropped dry into a deep fryer for 30-45 seconds and hit with some cajun seasoning. This is a great side to any fish dish.

Use in any salad. I also like them in fish quesadillas.......Fresh spinach, diced tomato, mozz cheese and seared _______________<--(any white fish)

Also, saute with EVOO, garlic, parm and a shot of fish sauce*(if you have it)
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:14 PM   #5
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simple and easy and very lovely is dropped dry into a deep fryer for 30-45 seconds and hit with some cajun seasoning. This is a great side to any fish dish.
Thanks for reminding me of this....It's been a while!!
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:43 PM   #6
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Rinse, add to a pan with a couple of pats of butter & stir until wilted. Add some chopped garlic, salt, & freshly ground pepper to taste; then finish with a couple of dollops of heavy cream. Heart attack on a plate, but delicious - lol!!!
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Spinach wraps, dips, egg rolls, scrambled eggs.......
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Dont forget what seems like tons will cook down to a tiny amount.
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:10 AM   #9
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wilt, then chop and blend with goat cheese, cream cheese, or laughing cow soft cheese. use this mixture to stuff chicken breasts or pork chops.

or use the mixture to make a dip by adding blanched artichoke hearts, bacon bits, and some milk or cream.
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spinach and ricotta cannelloni?
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Old 08-28-2007, 11:21 AM   #12
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Wow, where to start!

simple and easy and very lovely is dropped dry into a deep fryer for 30-45 seconds and hit with some cajun seasoning. This is a great side to any fish dish.

Use in any salad. I also like them in fish quesadillas.......Fresh spinach, diced tomato, mozz cheese and seared _______________<--(any white fish)

Also, saute with EVOO, garlic, parm and a shot of fish sauce*(if you have it)
These sound good, could really add a crisp to any dish. The only thing...was is cajun seasoning? lol.....also thanks everyone for the replies!
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Old 08-29-2007, 11:54 AM   #13
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Cajun seasoning is usually a mix or spices like salt,pepper, garlic powder and cayenne pepper (this is basic) I buy mine. Emeril's Essence is a good cajun seasoning i also like Luzianne (sp? like the tea)
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Rinse them off, drain them a bit and put the still-wet leaves in a skillet and steam them (using the water clinging on the leaves) until they wilt. Remove from the heat. Then stir in some olive oil a little minced garlic, little salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add some lemon juice or cider vinegar and some feta cheese crumbles. If you want to gild the lily, add some bacon bits, too. Serve as a warm side dish.

...or use this delicious concoction to stuff a couple of pork chops!
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Just do a Google search for FLORENTINE RECIPES. You'll be so busy reading apinach recipes, you'll probably forget to start dinner!
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Yup - Caine is right. In fact, I frequently use cooked spinach tossed with some crumbled feta cheese as a bed for sauteed flounder or chicken cutlets. For a more vegetarian outlook, it also makes a great bed for some poached eggs lightly coated with a nice swiss or gruyere cheese sauce.
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Make a salmon lasagne and use the spinach leaves as a layer against the salmon. No need to precook or tear unless on the tough side.

Add to just cooked pasta with sliced olives, halved cherry tomatoes, and either salmon/crab or chorizio or similar. Add preferred flavourings like garlic and stir through some cream prior to serving. If the leaves are large tear, if small use whole. I also sometimes add halved cherry bocconcini balls to the mix as well. Of course, top with grated cheese.

Get whole squid and stuff with spinach and ricotta mix, put into a baking dish and top with chunky tomato sauce and cheese and bake until squid is tender.

Fill with savoury beef mince and bake in a hot oven. Can top with cheese, cream or tomatoes, or whatever you prefer.

Stirfry in oyster sauce.
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Old 12-06-2007, 02:05 PM   #18
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I found this thread doing a search for blanching spinach and am glad I did. I will be trying some of the recipes I've just read, including frying it. That sounds really good.
So, to ask what the original poster did, also, can you blanch spinach? Or does it cook so fast you end up cooking it instead? Would it be good to freeze after cooking it?
Of course the store had a 2 for 1 sale and I'm a sucker for those sales. I've got a bunch of aspparagus to blanch, too.
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Old 12-06-2007, 02:08 PM   #19
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Blanching is partially cooking. You are correct, you cannot practically blanch spinach. You just cook it.
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Old 12-06-2007, 02:10 PM   #20
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So then could I freeze it after it's completely cooked?
Or am I better off eating a lot of spinach in the next week
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