A few days ago, I attended my family get-together party at Morton’s Steakhouse. Where in searching for a vegetarian option, I discover one recipe name and that is creamed spinach. The name sound enticing, does it? And yes, the taste was equally soothing and yummy.
Indeed, Mortons creamed spinach recipe is a delicious vegetarian recipe. I beleive the taste of this recipe will be loved by anyone, specially if you are a vegetbale and cheese lover.
You will love the verdant color of this spinach recipe. You can add this special side dish to the list of any special occasion meal like Easter, Christmas, a family party, or a romantic date night at home. After tasting this recipe, your guests will feel like they are dining at a five-star steakhouse.
However, do you know Morton’s Steakhouse? It is a chain of steak restaurants located in the United States and franchised abroad. In 1978 this restaurant is founded in Chicago. And today I will present their popular creamed spinach recipe following their chef’s instruction.
Health Benefits of Creamed Spinach
Usually, spinach is packed with multi nutrients including Vitamins, minerals, potassium, folate, carbs, calcium, and iron. It also has a good amount of fiber. However, cooked spinach is healthier than raw spinach. From cooked spinach, you can absorb more iron and calcium. Spinach contains many healthy compounds which have various health benefits.
- Spinach contains alpha-lipoic acid which is a good quality antioxidant. This antioxidant helps to manage diabetes by lowering glucose levels and increasing insulin sensitivity. It also helps to prevent oxidative stress.
- Green vegetables like spinach contain chlorophyll which has anticancer properties. Spinach helps to prevent cancer.
- Spinach is a good food item for asthma management. Usually, spinach contains vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene, which help prevent asthma symptoms and assist lung function.
- By lowering blood pressure spinach helps to manage high blood pressure.
- Vitamin K consumption is very important for maintaining healthy bone health. Low consumption of vitamin K may lead to a higher risk of bone fracture. As spinach has high amount of vitamin K, it develops your bone’s strength.
- Vitamin K acts as a modifier of bone matrix proteins, improves calcium absorption, and may reduce the amount of calcium that leaves the body in urine.
- Spinach will helps to promote your digestive regularity. Spinach is rich in minerals and fiber, which help to prevent constipation, which helps to promote a healthy digestive tract.
- The high amount of vitamin A in the spinach helps to moderate oil production in the skin pores and hair follicles. It moisturize the hair and skin. Vitamin A also helps to grow skin and hair tissues. Vitamin C in spinach helps to build and maintain collagen, which usually provides structure to hair and skin. On the other hand, by consuming iron-rich food like spinach you can protect against hair loss problems. Iron also plays an important role in supporting the immune system, healthy pregnancies, and aiding digestive processes.
- Magnesium in spinach helps for maintaining muscle and nerve function, energy metabolism, a healthy immune system, and regular heart rhythm.
- Spinach contains many important plant compounds like lutein, kaempferol, nitrates, zeaxanthin, and quercetin which play an important role in our body from maintaining eye health to reducing inflammation.
Side Effects of Spinach
Spinach is rich in dietary oxalate, and a large amount of oxalate consumption may lead to developing kidney stones.
If you are taking blood thinners like warfarin, you should be careful about vitamin k consumption. Spinach contains vitamin K, so sudden consumption of spinach may lead to dietary changes in these medications. Plus, spinach is rich in potassium which may affect different kidney functions.
Tips for Making Creamed Spinach tastier
- Instead of half-and-half, you can use whole milk in the creamed spinach recipe.
- To make this spinach recipe more delicious you can use heavy cream. Your taste buds will love the taste of the creamy spinach recipe.
- To add taste and flavor to this recipe, try to saute garlic in the butter on low-medium heat. Because by doing this the flavor of the garlic will spread all over the dish.
- And to keep it tasty use salt perfectly. It is a vegetable recipe and 3 types of cheese are used in this salty recipe, so you need to be careful about using extra salt.
How to Store Creamed Spinach
To store the cream spinach safely, you need to cover them in an airtight container or bag. Then keep them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. However, you can also keep them in the freezer for up to 3 to 4 months. But before serving or reheating the cream spinach you need to defrost them.
Frequently Asked Questions
To get a clear idea about spinach recipes you should also have the following information in your mind. Keep reading to get more ideas about recipes with fresh spinach.
How do you thicken creamed spinach?
By mixing flour in this recipe, you can thicken the cream spinach recipe. Instead of flour, you can also use cornstarch. Moreover, sauteing flour in the butter will give a nice flavor to the spinach recipe.
What to serve with creamed spinach?
You can serve the creamed spinach with different cheesy sides like Potatoes Au Gratin, Creamy Mac & Cheese. It also goes well with roasted garlic cherry tomatoes, cast iron ribeye, and classic easy mashed potatoes.
Why creamed spinach is become watery?
If you don’t perfectly drain all the excess water from the boiled spinach, your creamed spinach will become watery. Always make sure that you squeeze out or drain well the excess water of the spinach.
What is the healthiest way to cook spinach?
Boil the spinach in the water for 1 minute and then wash them with cold water. This is the best-recommended method and the healthiest way of cooking spinach. In this way of cooking spinach does not lose its nutrients and also killed all the harmful bacteria.
What is the best way to reheat creamed spinach?
You can reheat the stored spinach in an oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 to 20 minutes. You should reheat the cream spinach until the creamed spinach mixture is warmed through.
Can you reheat the creamed spinach in the microwave?
Yes, you can. At first, you need to set your microwave to 50% power and heat the creamed spinach in 30-seconds intervals until it becomes warmed through. During each break, you need to stir them well. Allow the spinach to stand for 50 seconds before serving.
How long should you cook spinach?
Boil spinach for a few minutes and cook creamed spinach for not more than 3 to 5 minutes or until spinach becomes tender.
Does eating spinach cause gas problems?
Yes, eating excess spinach may lead to a gas problem, cramps, and bloating because our stomach needs enough time to digest the spinach, and our stomach cannot metabolize too much spinach at once, which may cause the gas problem. So try to consume a limited amount of spinach at one time.
Did you try Mortons creamed spinach recipe at home? Please let me know how this creamed spinach turned out for you. Leave your answer in the comment section.
Last Updated on October 25, 2022 by Lindsay G. Cabral
Lindsay G. Cabral is a recipe blogger who specializes in vegan and gluten-free recipes. Lindsay has been blogging since 2012, and her recipes have been featured on popular websites such as Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, and The Kitchn. In addition to her blog, Lindsay is also the author of two cookbooks, Vegan Yum Yum and Vegan Yum Yum for All Occasions. When she's not in the kitchen, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters.