Creamed spinach will feed a crowd


May 01, 2002|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Nancy E. Saul of Baldwin requested a recipe for "creamed spinach like that made at the now-defunct Haussner's restaurant." She added, "My family enjoyed the restaurant for more than 20 years and were sad when they ended a perfect evening out."

Sue Stein of Ellicott City responded: "This is the Haussner's recipe for creamed spinach which Nancy E. Saul of Baldwin requested, which was in the paper years ago."

Creamed Spinach Makes 3 quarts

2 1/2 pounds spinach

2 quarts reserved spinach liquid

1 stick butter

8 tablespoons flour

2 teaspoons chopped anchovies

Maggi Seasoning, to taste

nutmeg, to taste

salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 cup onions (chopped fine and browned in 1/4 cup fat or oil)

1 cup table cream

Stem and wash spinach well; pat dry. Saute over medium-low heat until thoroughly cooked. Cool and squeeze spinach in handfuls over a big bowl (reserve the juice) until dry and chop fine. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add flour and stir until smooth. Add spinach liquid, anchovies, Maggi, nutmeg, salt and pepper, to taste. This makes the sauce. Then add the spinach and onions and simmer, stirring, about 5 minutes. Stir in table cream.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "Since this is a restaurant recipe, the quantity is huge. Make this for a large gathering. The first question most people will ask is, `What is Maggi Seasoning?' It is an inexpensive sauce made in Thailand that consists largely of corn gluten and soy protein, available in some specialty-food stores. If you can't find it, a big squirt of soy sauce is indistinguishable.

"When I cooked and squeezed my spinach, the resulting juice did not add up to 2 quarts. In fact, it was about 1 quart of juice - spinach clearly varies widely in its juiciness. Nonetheless, the resulting creamed spinach had plenty of sauce and a good, creamy consistency. The anchovy and nutmeg are not detectable, but the overall flavor is very nice."

Recipe requests

Norma Bagby of Otis, Ore., wants a recipe for sauerkraut with potatoes and apples. "I sure would like and need this recipe."

Linda Pavlisko of Longview, Wash., writes that she would like to have a recipe for chicken enchiladas like those served at Rosie's restaurant in Woodlawn, Wash.

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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