Serve this Creamy, Cheesy Spinach when you're short on time, but want everyone to clean up their dinner plate. Nobody will complain about eating their veggies.
Should you be asking yourself why two recipes back to back that feature spinach, the answer is "why not?" The main reason is that I already had a lot of frozen spinach at home that I needed to use; the second reason is that spinach is awesome, let me sing its praises...
Benefits of spinach
Spinach is a wonder plant, it packs an enormous amount of vitamin K, as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E, and C. If that wasn't enough, you can get manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, protein, and choline. Of course, as with any greens, it is a very good source of dietary fiber.
Isn't that good enough to add more spinach to your diet?
About this recipe
If your family needs a bit of convincing to eat them, this creamy dish, with two types of cheeses, and lots of flavor, will do the trick. The colorful pepper and onion add a bit of texture and color to the dish, and I topped it with some queso cremita (queso blanco elsewhere) for extra cheesiness.
If you ever wondered what to serve with smoked pork chops, this is one of my favorite side dishes for fried smoked pork chops. They go great together.
Popeye would be proud.
Creamy, Cheesy Spinach with Smoked Pork Chops
- 2 tbsp butter, (34 g)
- 1 medium white onion, diced (95 g)
- 1 red bell pepper, diced (150 g)
- 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, (283 g)
- ¼ cup heavy cream, (60 ml)
- ¼ cup cream cheese, (53 g)
- 1 tsp salt, or to taste
- ½ tsp pepper, or to taste
- ¼ cup queso cremita (or blanco), crumbled (33 g)
- Cooking the onion and pepper: In a large pan heat the butter over medium-low heat, stir in the onion and bell pepper, and cook stirring until the onion starts to become translucent.
- Cooking the spinach: Squeeze the spinach to eliminate excess liquid and add the spinach to the pan. Cook stirring until the spinach is heated through. Add the cream and cream cheese and stir. Lower heat and simmer until the mixture is creamy but there is no excess liquid. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with the queso cremita.
- Serving: Serve with your choice of bbq meat, or Dominican fried pork chops.