French Fridays with Dorie: Lemon-steamed spinach

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Not much to say about this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (Lemon-steamed spinach, p 331) except that it’s my new favourite way to enjoy spinach. I steamed baby spinach with a drizzle of olive oil and a generous dusting of lemon zest and made sure that it was not over-cooked.

I served it with another Dorie recipe, Chicken Breasts Ă  la Diable… It looked pretty alongside a mostly-brown dish!

French Fridays with Dorie chicken breasts diable Around my French table Dorie Greenspan

Can we just say, had I been introduced to spinach prepared like this when I was a child, I might have been a fan of these leafy greens much earlier in life… So simple, so good.

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22 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Lemon-steamed spinach

  1. Liz March 29, 2013 at 06:17 #

    Yup, a winner…so easy and yummy!

  2. Cher March 29, 2013 at 08:22 #

    Lovely 🙂
    My first spinach came out of a can – oddly enough, I liked it back then and still like it now (unlike beets – those canned beets of childhood permanently scarred me)

    Have a great weekend Mardi! Next up – olive sables!

  3. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen March 29, 2013 at 08:51 #

    Love your presentation Mardi, the spinach almost looks uncooked. Have a great weekend!

    • Mardi Michels March 29, 2013 at 09:03 #

      Paula, it IS uncooked in those two pictures. I felt one pic of the cooked stuff was enough – it’s not super pretty once it’s steamed.

  4. Mary Hirsch March 29, 2013 at 09:53 #

    Gorgeous befores (2) and after photos of the leafy stuff. I always thought that attracting a child to the magic of a large pot of spinach reducing down to a little pot of spinach would be a great way to introduce kids to this important vegetable. Didn’t work with my girls but they both eat spinach now. Isn’t “Fresh” always better when served simply?

  5. Adriana March 29, 2013 at 10:06 #

    My first exposure to most veggies was through their frozen varieties. Although I eat fresh spinach now 90% of the time, I always keep a bag of frozen on hand.

    Lovely pics, as usual!

  6. Susan March 29, 2013 at 11:44 #

    Sometimes the simplest things are the best! We enjoyed this, too.

    Happy Easter!

  7. yummychunklet March 29, 2013 at 12:44 #

    This was a simple and delicious way to prepare spinach. I’ll have to try it on my nieces now!

  8. Sara March 29, 2013 at 13:25 #

    This is definitely my favorite way to do spinach. I wish I’d found it earlier! Husband loved it, and he’s not a big spinach fan. I love how bright and vibrant your spinach looks!

  9. Anne Marie March 29, 2013 at 14:30 #

    I do wonder what we would eat if it had been prepared differently in childhood.

  10. Kendra March 29, 2013 at 15:37 #

    My new favorite too! I can’t wait to make it again!

  11. JustforFoodies Colette March 29, 2013 at 17:38 #

    Simple and brililantly delicious!

  12. Nana March 29, 2013 at 18:30 #

    A delicious and easy recipe to complete this month. Have a Happy Easter.

  13. Geraldine Saucier March 29, 2013 at 18:48 #

    This was a delicious spinach recipe. I am glad you enjoyed it. Have a Happy Easter.

  14. Teresa March 30, 2013 at 00:37 #

    We served these together, too. It was a great meal. Your plate looks lovely. Enjoy the long weekend!

  15. Betsy March 30, 2013 at 20:52 #

    Nice combo, Mardi. I did love the chicken diable and also enjoyed the spinach, so I’ll have to try them together next time I make the chicken. Have a great weekend.

  16. Geoff March 30, 2013 at 23:52 #

    I dunno….. green stuff is still green stuff.
    I know you have to eat it to please your mother…. but…
    Have to say though, it did look nice.

  17. Lola March 31, 2013 at 17:42 #

    Nice picture Mardi! We liked it too.

  18. Cakelaw April 1, 2013 at 03:36 #

    I agree – a simple but good dish. I served it with the chicken diable as well – a good match.

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