Friday, January 25, 2008

Recipe of the month

The most delicious spinach dish you'll ever make

Recently, I discovered this spinach dish at a restaurant in Redwood City. I've shared it there with my Mom, Shari & Jay, before asking the sous chef how to make it. It is the easiest vegetable dish to prepare; elegant, healthy, and quick. Here's what you do.

serves 2:

1 bag of fresh spinach (or one large bunch), washed
1/2 can garbanzo beans
1/4 cup pine nuts
handful of dried, black currants
1/2 of a lemon
olive oil
salt & pepper

sidenote: All of these ingredients can be found at Trader Joe's. Last night I marveled that making this meal for two cost about $3 bucks.

In a big saucepan, drizzle olive oil. Once heated, add pine nuts and garbanzo beans. After a few minutes, toss in the dried currants, lift the pan to shake and stir. Add the spinach (which will fill the entire pan, then size down after a few minutes). Drizzle a little olive oil over the spinach. Squeeze the lemon over the leaves. Add a bit of salt and pepper.

Cover the saucepan for a minute at the most, letting the spinach steam. Lift the lid and toss ingredients. Spinach should look fresh and slightly wilted. Serve immediately. An option is to place a piece of fresh fish on top, or add pieces of crisp bacon, as we did last night.

It may take a couple of tries to get it just right, but you will, and you'll be happy! Bon Appétit.


Shari said...

Funny, I actually just bought all the ingredients this week, so I could start experimenting at home this weekend. I'm SOOO happy that your found out the tricks to making it!

Definitely try this dish... beyond yummy. :0)

kate said...

this look yummy! i love the idea of the currants with the pine nuts!

sulu-design said...

I am pathetically behind in my blog reading and am ready to admit that I'll probably never catch up. But this post really caught my eye. I am definitely making this dish. Thanks!