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Ruth's Chris Steak House Creamed Spinach Recipe
Ruth's Chris Steak House Creamed Spinach
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Side Dish
Calories: 275
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Recipe Rating: 5.0 (3 reviews)
"Ruth's Chris Steak House" is such a difficult name to spit out that a restaurant critic suggested it be used as a sobriety test. Surely anyone who could say the name three times fast couldn't possibly be intoxicated. But the hard-to-say name has probably worked well for the steakhouse chain; it is surely a memorable one. The name came from the first restaurant that Ruth purchased in 1965 called Chris Steak House. When she opened a second restaurant with that same name, the previous owner, Chris Matulich, tried to sue her. She won the case but to avoid future law suits, she put her name in front of the original and it became the tongue twister we know today.

The delicious creamed spinach served at Ruth's Chris inspired this recipe that has just a hint of cayenne pepper in it for that Louisiana zing. The recipe requires a package of frozen spinach to make it convenient, but you can use the same amount of fresh spinach if you prefer.

Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes" by Todd Wilbur.

1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash pepper
dash nutmeg
dash cayenne pepper

1. Cook the spinach following the directions on the package. Drain and squeeze all the liquid from the spinach when it's done.

2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Be careful not to burn it.

3. Add the flour to the melted butter and stir until smooth.

4. Add the cream and heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Stir constantly so that sauce does not burn.

5. Add the spinach, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cayenne. Cook 2 to 4 minutes, stirring often. Serve hot.

Submitted on: 01/18/14
My 5 year old just declared, I can't get enough of it. Mom, I'm in love with this!
Ruth's Chris Creamed Spinach
Submitted on: 08/21/13
Amazing!!!! It's even better baked on grilled portabella mushrooms and topped with with diced tomatoes and freshly grated Parmesan cheese!!!
rich and flavorful
Submitted on: 05/23/13
I hate cooked spinach. But, I could NOT stop eating this, it's out of this world! Goes great with a good steak!!