This recipe looked so good on Simply Recipes that I just had to try it, and I was not disappointed. I modified it a little, using turkey bacon instead of regular, and no dairy products – I used margarine and soy milk in place. Just delicious, and a really mouth-watering side dish. LOVED IT! Enjoy!
Creamed spinach with bacon
1 pound fresh spinach, about 2 large bunches (or 4 larges bags of fresh spinach)
4 strips of turkey bacon, uncooked, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
A pinch of nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp margarine
2 Tbsp flour
1 cup soy cream
Cut off the thick stems of the spinach and discard. Clean the spinach by filling up your sink with water and soaking the spinach to loosen any sand or dirt. Drain the spinach and then repeat soaking and draining.
Microwave your spinach in a large covered bowl until wilted (2 minutes, stir, then another minute). Chop the spinach and set aside.
Heat a large skillet on medium high. Add the chopped bacon and sauté until browned. Add the chopped onion and garlic. Sauté until onions are translucent.
Make the béchamel sauce. Melt the margarine in a small saucepan on medium/low heat until it just starts to bubble. Add the flour and cook, stirring until smooth, about 2 minutes. Slowly add the soy cream, whisking continuously, cooking until thick.
Combine spinach, bacon and onion mixture, and béchamel sauce into one pan. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer, remove from heat and serve. Serves 4.