Crispy Spinach

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Dennis, Kylie and I were out to dinner Saturday night and I had a dish that included crispy spinach. It was a pasta with braised lamb and crispy spinach. I loved the crispy spinach in that dish, it was amazing. I looked at Dennis and said “I need to try to make crispy spinach, this is really good.” On Sunday while grocery shopping I picked up a bag of fresh spinach so I could try to make my own version of this bit of magic for the tastebuds.

I started by throwing two large handfuls of spinach into a large bowl and adding olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and garlic powder. I then mixed it together with my hands.

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Once I had mixed everything together, I laid my spinach out on a large baking sheet on top of a rack (this was to let the air get below the spinach as well for better crisping).

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This crisped spinach could be used in so many different ways. I chose to use it as a topping on a burger (along with a few small wedges of Brie cheese and dijon mustard). I wouldn’t hesitate to use this crispy spinach served on top of fish and will definitely add it to a pasta dish at some point as well.

I baked the spinach in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20 minutes. It took no time at all.

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I used my crispy spinach as a burger topping on a grass-fed burger patty. This did not disappoint!

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Ingredients

  • two large handfuls of fresh spinach leaves
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place spinach in large bowl.
  3. Add olive oil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and garlic powder to bowl.
  4. Mix together with hands.
  5. Lay on a large sheet pan with a rack and bake for 20 minutes, or until spinach is crispy.

Enjoy!

Until next time, Kris

 

 

Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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