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Catalan Spinach Recipe - Espinacas a la Catalana


Catalan Spinach Recipe - Espinacas a la Catalana

Catalan Spinach - Espinacas a la Catalana

Lisa Sierra (c) 2010 Licensed to About.com Inc.
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 sauteed in olive oil, garlic, pine nuts and raisins. It is a delicious and elegant side dish to serve with dinner.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings


  • 2 bunches fresh spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 3 tbsp dried currants or raisins
  • Spanish virgin olive oil for sautéing
  • 4 pieces of stale white bread (optional)


This Catalan Spinach recipe makes 4 servings.

Wash the spinach thoroughly under cold running water to remove all sand and debris. Trim off the stems. Steam the spinach for only 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and allow to drain thoroughly.

Peel and slice the garlic. Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil to cover the bottom of a large frying pan. Heat pan on medium and sauté garlic for 1-2 minutes. Add the currants and pine nuts to the pan and continue to sauté for 1 minute. Add the drained spinach to the pan and mix well, coating with oil. Salt to taste. Lightly toast the slices of bread, cut in quarters and serve on the side of the plate.

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