Thursday, September 11, 2008

Catalan style spinach

I love to try new recipes. In fact, I average about 10 new recipes a week. The vast majority of the time, we like the new recipes I've made. I'm sure that's partially due to the fact that I only pick recipes I think we'll like and I alter them to fit our tastes. Every so often, a recipe will stick out from the pack. Sometimes it's a lengthy complicated recipe that's just so incredibly delicious, it's worth the time and effort. Other times, it's a simple, easily executable concept that also happens to be notable. This type of recipe makes it into our regular rotation, and usually after the first or second time through I don't even need to refer to the recipe anymore.

This Catalan style spinach from Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America is going into my regular rotation. With only five ingredients, I can make it without any fuss on a busy weeknight. A peeled, chopped apple is sauteed in a little olive oil until golden brown. A handful of pine nuts is added to the pan and cooked until golden. Next comes 10 ounches of spinach, a handful of raisins and salt to taste. The spinach releases liquid as it cooks, which in turn plumps up the raisins. That's all there is to it. Like I said, simple concept, great results.

7 comments:

RecipeGirl said...

We'd be great roommates. I'm big on new recipes too. My husband brags to his friends that he never eats the same thing twice!

Looks like a great spinach dish!

veron said...

I'm not to fond of green leafy stuff but I love spinach! this sounds incredible with the pine nuts.

Karin said...

Count me in too. I try to use different recipes and different ingredients. At least once a week I serve my husband a new dish.

Tartelette said...

Looks like something I could make tonight! Just picked up spinach and pine nuts! Looks delicious!

Judy said...

Wow, you have a great blog -- reminds me of Culinary Joe's, very adventuresome. Thanks for visiting mine. Hope you come back, though I'm a bit more traditional -- trying hard to come out of a rut. I love the spinach recipe, something I would enjoy, but hubby doesn't eat raisins. Had a cook in the Navy who put raisins on everything and he just can't eat them any more.

Annie said...

This recipe looks like a keeper to me too. I can totally relate to 5 ingredient recipes. After working all day, I want to cook simply with the least amount of fuss as possible!

cook eat FRET said...

that right there is a GREAT 5 ingredient recipe. i might a little minced garlic as #6...

i am so making this!