How to Make the Best Baby Spinach with Garlic and Oil
The spinach in my garden has been growing by leaps and bounds. After a few short weeks I was ready to harvest the first crop from my newly planted raised vegetable bed to make my favorite baby spinach with garlic and oil side dish.
Doesn't it look pretty? Armed with my trusty kitchen shears, off I went to snip my bounty.
Wow, I thought. All these little leaves really add up!
|This Looks Like a lot of Spinach|
Not so much. That large colander full of spinach leaves was only 7.25 ounces by weight. That's an average sized bag from the grocery store.
It's enough for me to make a tasty serving of baby spinach with garlic and olive oil. Yes, this is a simple dish, but I can't think of a better way to use a fresh harvest of baby spinach. If you don't have spinach growing in your garden or in a large pot on your deck you can easily find it at your local grocery store.
Baby Spinach with Garlic and Olive Oil
|Sauteed Baby Spinach Ingredients|
- pinch red pepper flakes
- pinch grated nutmeg
- salt and pepper to taste
First rinse your spinach well in a bowl of cool water. Since I had just picked mine from the garden I rinsed and drained it three times.
You'll want to remove most of the moisture from the spinach leaves. The best way to dry your spinach is with a salad spinner.
|Spin the Spinach Dry|
You have one of these salad spinners don't you? If not, put one on your wish list because once you have one you'll wonder how you managed without one for so long. There are many kinds of salad spinners available, but I'm partial to the OXO salad spinner. I've had mine for a long time and it still works perfectly.
Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the red pepper flakes and garlic. Cook for approximately one minute being careful not to brown the garlic. Add the spinach all at once. Using two spatulas, toss the spinach to distribute the oil and garlic. Cover the pan for one to two minutes until the spinach wilts. Stir and sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg. Stir to distribute the nutmeg.
Serve and enjoy.
My first spinach of the growing season...Y-U-M-M-Y!
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