1 bunch of spinach (450-500 g) is enough to serve 2 persons.
Cheese is optional which I usually don’t add but may be melted under grill or over tops of spinach filled gems – Cheese is of your choice but I somehow seem to like Mozzarella. See here
You may skip this sauce and serve plain to lower calories or may make up a lovely mushroom sauce (see below) with wine of choice (dry red / white). Served together with a steak or meat dish.
3 pounds or 3 bunches (up to 1.5 kg) of fresh spinach
2 tablespoons grated onion (I use 1 small onion, finely chopped)
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons of cake flour or all-purpose flour (not self-raising!)
1 1/2 cups (375 ml) heated milk
salt and pepper to taste
2 egg yolks, beaten
60 ml – 180 ml heavy cream added to taste
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh parsley
Nutmeg to taste
Wash, rinse and remove the thick center vein from spinach leaves and discard.
Cook fresh spinach – Blanch leaves whole in rapidly boiling water for a minute or 2 until just wilted. (Do not overcook!). Remove immediately upon wilted.
If doing in a microwave steamer basket: Bring water to a rapid rolling boil – Add just enough spinach at a time. Do not overcrowd. Close lid and steam 1 -2 minutes or until just wilted. Never overcook!
Drain spinach. Chop finely and set aside.
Saute 2 tablespoons of your grated onion in 3 tablespoons butter over a low heat stirring constantly, until translucent or until it just begins to take colour.
Blend in 3 tablespoons of flour off the heat (Remove from heat whilst doing so).
Gradually add 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) heated milk and cook sauce stirring until it is smooth and slightly thickened.
You may strain your sauce through a fine sieve into another saucepan however I never do this – I just take care to make sure it comes out smooth.
Add the chopped spinach, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste.
Simmer the mixture gently for 2-3 minutes.
Beat 2 egg yolks with 3/4 cup (60 ml) heavy cream or to taste – gradually adding the mixture to the spinach stirring continuously – stir in a tablespoon finely minced fresh parsley. Add nutmeg to taste.