December 21, 2015
Creamed spinach gets some zip from lemon juice and zest.
Cook the bacon until crisp and then crumble. In the same skillet, use about 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat to cook ½ of the spinach. Once wilted, place in a bowl, season with a pinch of salt. Repeat with remaining spinach and set aside.
Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic, cook until soft, but not browned! Add the flour, stirring, until lightly golden (you’ll smell the flour baking…mmm)! Remove from heat cool slightly. Add the hot milk to the flour and bring to a boil. Stir in the cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, pepper, and crumbled bacon and blend until smooth.
Add spinach to cheese sauce, stir to combine and pour into a buttered oven-friendly baking dish or individual ramekins if you happen to have them! Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake until top is lightly browned -- 15 minutes. Broil to finish if you’d like your cheese bubbling! Serve immediately and enjoy this delicious taste of comfort.
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