Catalan Spinach (Espinacas a la Catalana)

catalan spinach in cast iron skillet

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
286 Calories
19g Fat
27g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 286
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 128mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 7g
Calcium 147mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

As the name implies, this is a regional dish from Cataluna. It is a very simple classic Catalan recipe for steamed spinach. Fresh bunches of steamed spinach are briefly sauteéd in olive oil, garlic, ​pine nuts, and raisins. It is a delicious and elegant side dish to serve with dinner.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Wash the spinach thoroughly under cold running water to remove all sand and debris.

  3. Trim off the stems.

  4. Steam the spinach for only 2 to 3 minutes.

  5. Remove from pan immediately and allow to drain thoroughly.

  6. Peel and slice the garlic.

  7. Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil to cover the bottom of a large frying pan.

  8. Heat pan on medium and sauté garlic for 1 to 2 minutes.

  9. Add the currants and pine nuts to the pan and continue to sauté for 1 minute.

  10. Add the drained spinach to the pan and mix well, coating with oil.

  11. Salt to taste.

  12. Lightly toast the slices of bread, cut in quarters, and serve on the side of the plate.

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