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Garlic-free chipotle creamed spinach

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How many ways can I screw up a recipe and still have it turn out OK?

At least three in the case of this one, and it turned out more than OK plus lower fat to boot. Dad, who’s always turned up his nose at creamed spinach before, even scarfed it down. The guys wouldn’t try it, though. Not even Boots, who used to inhale creamed spinach before he got old enough for Big Guy to brainwash him into believing that anything green is toxic unless it’s candy.

The chipotle part was inspired by boredom one day when my hand happened to hit on a jar of the powdered spice in the cabinet. I’d bought it with the idea of creating an egg-free, garlic-free chipotle mayo or salad dressing, which I still haven’t gotten around to.

The fat-cutting part came by accident. I had cream cheese on hand that the original recipe calls for, but I just flat forgot to put it in the sauce. I was out of half and half, so I used 2 percent milk instead.

Leaving out the onions was another accident. I’d chopped them but forgot to put them in the pan as well.

They weren’t even missed. The smoky, spicy chipotle was more than enough flavor for the dish. I’d halved the recipe, thinking I would be the only one to eat it. Dad complained. “Why didn’t you make more? You usually make more.”

Garlic-free chipotle creamed spinach

  • 5 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 4 tbl. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. chipotle pepper powder, more or less depending on taste. I think I’ll go with more the next time
  • 1 c. 2 percent milk
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 20 oz. frozen spinach, chopped

Melt three tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan on medium-low heat. Stir in flour, pepper, salt and chipotle until creamed together.  Slowly whisk in milk.

Increase the heat to medium. Whisk constantly until mixture is thick and smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.

Put spinach and water to pan a separate pan, cover. Stir several times until spinach is almost completely cooked.

Stir spinach mixture into cream mixture over medium heat until warmed thoroughly.

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