Creamed Spinach

Today is the third  film in this year’s 12 Days of Oscar.  Carol starts at Christmastime 1952 where Therese, an aspiring photographer working at a department store in Manhattan, meets Carol, a gorgeous customer who leaves her gloves behind.  Carol, who is going through a difficult divorce, invites Therese to lunch to thank her for returning the gloves and, becoming intrigued with her, invites her to her home for Christmas.  Carol’s husband Harge becomes suspicious of Carol’s friendship with Therese and threatens to expose Carol as a homosexual and petition for sole custody of their daughter.  I don’t want to give away any more spoilers than I already have, so I’ll stop there.  Carol has been nominated for six Oscars this year: Best Actress (Cate Blanchett as Carol), Best Supporting Actress (Rooney Mara as Therese), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score.


During the lunch scene in Carol, Therese exposes that she is confused about who she is, and deeply aware of that confusion.  Therese says she isn’t sure what to order, and confesses that even a lunch order is beyond her decision-making power.  Carol orders creamed spinach with poached eggs and a martini with an Olive.  Therese has the same. I skipped the poached eggs here and served this creamed spinach with some steaks that Lane made.  Creamed spinach is the side dish that convinced me I really do like spinach when I thought I hated it.  You’ve been warned!

creamed spinach

Creamed Spinach


  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 24 oz. bagged spinach
  • 1 C. heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste


Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add the onions and garlic and saute until translucent.

Add in the spinach, lightly pressing it down with a spoon and very gently tossing it as it wilts.

When the spinach is mostly wilted, add in the heavy cream.

Stir it gently and add salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: The Pioneer Woman



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