- 1 lb fresh spinach, finely chopped
- 3 tbspns butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tbspns dry Madeira wine
- 1 tbspn flour
- 1/2 tspn salt
- 1/4 tspn white pepper
- A few gratings of nutmeg
Cook the spinach for a minute or so, then add 3/4 cup of cream, salt, white pepper, and nutmeg. Stir constantly until the mixture almost comes to a boil and thickens perceptibly. Then reduce the heat to low, and stir in the Madeira, stirring occasionally.
Simmer the spinach for 2 or 3 minutes to remove any taste of raw flour, and to cook away the alcohol in the Madeira. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1 tablespoon butter. Simmer a moment longer, and further season to taste. Serve with any unsauced fish, fowl, or meat. Serves 4.
(Origin - "All Manner of Food" by Michael Field, 1970.)