CLASSIC Catalan-Style Spinach | Delicious Recipe from Barcelona Spain
This Catalan-style spinach, known as Espinacas a la Catalana, is what simple and delicious food is all about. We´re talking a ton of great flavors, minimal ingredients and all done in about 15 minutes. Serve it as a side dish or even as a tapas appetizer, next to some slices of toasted baguette.
To make this recipe, I used fresh bagged spinach. As you know I love this stuff, because it´s pre-cleaned and pre-cut. However, you can also use frozen spinach if you like. Just make sure to fully thaw out beforehand and pat completely dry.
What gives this dish that sweet & savory goodness is the combination of raisins and pine nuts. You can also use dried cranberries instead of raisins. Either way, make sure to soak them in warm water for 5 minutes. This will soften them up so they´re full of flavor.
TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: As you sauté the spinach, make sure to mix it around continuously, this will ensure the spinach easily wilts. Also, make sure to add the spinach into the pan in batches, so you don´t overcrowd the pan.
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Catalan-Style Spinach (Espinacas a la Catalana)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup raisins 50 grams
- 1/4 cup pine nuts 35 grams
- 15 oz fresh bagged spinach 450 grams
- pinch sea salt
- dash black pepper
Soak the raisins in warm water for 5 minutes, then drain and shake off any excess water, finely mince the garlic
Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the pine nuts, mix continuously, after 4 to 5 minutes and the pine nuts are lightly roasted, remove from the pan and set aside
Using the same pan with the same heat, add in the olive oil and minced garlic, mix continuously, after 20 to 30 seconds and the garlic is fragrant, start adding the spinach and mixing it around so it easily wilts, I like to add it in batches so it doesn´t overcrowd the pan
Once all the spinach has been added and it´s lightly wilted, add in the reserved pine nuts, drained raisins and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together until well mixed, then remove from the heat
Transfer into a large serving dish, serve warm or at room temperature, enjoy!
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