A while back, I had stumbled upon this recipe when trying to figure out how to recreate the spinach at my favorite meat-shack here in town.
(St Elmo’s Steak House is useful for taking customers to and notable for (1.) Tasty Cow Bits, (2.) Shrimp Cocktails*, (3.) probably other things, but when I went there with my little brother it was the first time I had ever consumed “Creamed Spinach” and it was kind of magical.
*The cocktail sauce is pretty great too: so much horseradish it might be more accurately stableradish (?), but focusing on the Spinach.)
Every once in a while I will still phone in an order to the next door sister restaurant and pick it up, but I am generally put off by my own knowledge of the delicious/heart-stopping tradeoffs. Anyhow:
- replaced the butter with a little Olive Oyl,
- replaced the sour cream with fat free sour cream,
- replaced the heavy cream with…more fat free sour cream,
- replaced the Parmesan cheese with the “Reduced fat grated Parmesan” food product that was in my fridge,
- went generic with the Tabasco sauce,
- didn’t add any sugar,
- and was a little fast and loose with the measurement exactness while keeping the ratios approximately the same.
(36 lbs of spinach is a little much for me, given impending travel.)
[While analytical enough for international troubleshooting,
I was never *particularly gifted in chemical synthesis*.]
- And, while I did turn the heat off, I mixed everything in a wok while still on the range, because I wanted to reduce the spinach a little bit in order to get everything to fit well into the single giant generic tupperware container it (was going to hang/is hanging) out in.
I have been portioning it out into that same sour cream container for microwaving, and 2 minutes does get it toasty enough.
(The sour cream was the primary ingredient I used that I had to go get, which may have been why I wanted to be using it all instead of thinking about modifying my fridge organization. Yeah, I can see that reads crazy.)
Anyhow, YMMV and certainly the real thing is super tasty, but even in its attenuated and bastardized form per the above modifications:
Experimentally, NEITHER terrible NOR health-anxiety inducing at any time of day. Breakfast spinach! Lunch spinach! Dinner spinach! You might love it!