Creamed Asparagus or Spinach (with Popovers)

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: January 4, 2017
Yield: Serves 2 as a main dish or 3-4 as a side dish
Time needed: 30-40 minutes for popover version. 20 minutes for omelet version

This is actually three recipes in one. First you make the creamed vegetable (asparagus or spinach) which you can serve as a side dish on its own, or on toast. Or you can try the omelet or popover versions below.

The quantities given for the cream sauce make a thin sauce. My preference is for a medium sauce. That would call for either 1/2 the milk or double the butter and flour.

Creamed Asparagus or Spinach
1 lb./500 g asparagus(cut in 3/4”/2 cm. pieces) or 3 cups/750 ml fresh spinach
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp flour
1 cup milk.

Cook the vegetable of your choice until tender. Drain and set aside.

Melt butter in frypan over medium heat.
Stir in flour until smooth and bubbly.
Gradually add milk, stirring constantly until smooth.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens.
Stir in asparagus or spinach.
Season to taste and serve over buttered toast, in omelet or popovers.

Omelet version.(for one person)
Whisk together 2 eggs and 1 Tbsp. milk.
Place a non-stick frypan over medium heat.
Pour in beaten eggs.
As eggs set, lift edges to let uncooked portion flow underneath.
When eggs are set, cover one-half with creamed vegetable.
Fold and serve.

Popover version (6 popovers)
1/2 cup/125 ml whole wheat flour
1/2 cup/125 ml milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. salt.

Combine all ingredients and beat with an electric mixer or blender until smooth.
Set aside for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400oF/200oC

While oven heats dab a little butter into six muffin cups.
Place in the oven to melt.
Brush melted butter over sides and bottoms of muffin cups.
Stir batter and divide among muffin cups.
Bake without opening oven door until puffed, firm and starting to brown. (about 25 minutes)
Immediately pierce with a knife to release steam.
Fill with creamed spinach or asparagus and serve.

Spinach and Feta Phyllo Triangles

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: December 8, 2012
Yield: About 4 dozen
Time needed: approximately 45 minutes unless you have a helper.

This is a great little snack. I like the fact that the light phyllo pastry does not overwhelm the spinach-feta filling, but lets it shine through. They are wonderful morsels of good taste. For me, the only drawback is that I find the assembly process too finicky and time-consuming if I am working alone. But as long as someone else is making them, these get a thumbs up from me.

Spinach and Feta Phyllo Triangles

Spinach and Feta Phyllo Triangles

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Ten Minute Greek (ish) Style Spinach and Rice

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: July 22, 2013
Yield: 2 servings
Time needed: 10 minutes

Prior preparation needed:
Cook rice

This is a very quick and simple one-pan meal for two.  Can be put together in a jiffy with pre-cooked rice. The recipe title says “spinach” but any favorite green will do.  The greens in the picture are arugula.

Ten-Minute Greek(ish)-Style Spinach and Rice

Ten-Minute Greek(ish)-Style Spinach and Rice

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Ancient Persian Salad

Source: 12 Months of Monastery Salads
Date tried: Nov. 3, 2014
Yield:6-8 servings
Time needed: 1/2 hour

This is very good. I love these dark greens. And so good for you, too as they are rich in vitamins and minerals.  Apparently the ancient Persians considered they helped children grow properly and so served them often. Adding cooked chicken or tuna makes it a whole meal.  For a side salad, use only the vegetables.

Ancient Persian Salad

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