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Chilean Creamed Spinach, Espinacas a la crema

Chilean Creamed Spinach

  • Author: Pilar Hernandez
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stove cooked
  • Cuisine: Chilean


In Chile, creamed spinach is made in traditional white sauce.


Units Scale
  • 5 cups of spinach washed and chopped, without hard stems
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • grated nutmeg
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely cubed, optional


  1. In a large skillet with a lid, heat the oil and sautee the onion if using for 5 minutes.
  2. Melt the butter over medium heat, add the flour, and cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes until it is cooked and bubbling, couple of minutes.
    Sautéed onion and butter cube Chilean Creamed Spinachroux base
  3. Remove from the heat and add the milk slowly and stir with a whisk to avoid lumps, season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste.

    adding milk to the roux adding nutmeg to the roux

  4. Cook until thick, add the spinach and stir, cover to cook 2 minutes, and stir again.
    roux cookedspinach on cover pan
  5. Taste, adjust seasonings, and serve hot.
    Creamed Spinach

Keywords: spinach in white sauce