Sweet Spinach Sauté
This is not your mama’s spinach! The versatile vegetable gets a complete makeover that will make your taste buds dance! I mix the classic flavors of spinach and garlic with the unexpected sweetness of dried figs and just the right touch of honey. It’s a perfect side dish that can be made in a flash!!
Makes 3-4 side dish servings
1 (5oz) bag baby spinach leaves
4-5 dried black mission figs,
1 tablespoon of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon salt
Heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly until the garlic is very fragrant. (Watch the garlic carefully, if it starts to burn, pull pan off heat for 30 seconds-1 minute). Then, add figs and stir to mix. Turn heat to low and add spinach leaves and salt. Cook until leaves are wilted, 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Turn off heat and add honey. Mix well. Enjoy!!
Lauren Marie’s Tip:
*You can substitute 2-3 Calimyrna (Golden) Figs, sliced or chopped. Also, the brand "Made in Nature" is gluten and nut free.
For visual people, like me, here's what to look for:
|Heat 1 tbl olive oil over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant|
and hot, but not smoking.
|Stir garlic constantly to keep it from burning.|
|Garlic is done when it is very fragrant and the edges just start|
to turn a little darker (1-2 min). Careful not to burn!
|Mix in chopped figs. These are the black mission figs, but you can|
use the golden ones too. I love that garlicky flavor with the
sweetness of the figs!
|Then, turn heat to low and add the spinach (5oz).|
It looks like a lot, but it wilts down!
Stir constantly while it wilts to keep the garlic from burning.
|Got to season it! 1/2 teaspoon salt.|
|I told you it would wilt down!|
|Take pan off heat and mix in 1 tablespoon of honey. The perfect|
compliment to the garlic and the figs!