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Friday, January 22, 2016

Spinach Toast, American Style - One Serving Snack

I have been struggling with some of the recipes that I originally created while living in the UK, since moving back to the US. While it sounds like some kind of snooty "Europeans are better" thing to say, the fact is that the quality of many food ingredients there are much better and more flavorful than what is normally available in the US. Dairy products particularly seem to suffer stateside, seemingly from the preference for corn-feeding cattle in America versus mostly grass-fed animals in Europe.

One of my recipes that was suffering was the Spinach Toast. Not only was the US butter less flavorful, the frozen spinach I was finding wasn't as high a quality either. This variant was devised to kick up the flavor a bit more and compensate for these troubles.

Among the changes is the use of sourdough bread instead of plain sandwich bread. Because sourdough is normally sold in round loaves, finding bread slices of the right size needs to be done carefully. A mid-sized piece will suit this well.

1 medium-small slice of sourdough bread
1 cup frozen spinach
1 tbs melted ghee (clarified butter) plus more for buttering
1 tbs Trader Joe's Golden Berry Blend OR 1/2 tbs each golden raisins and dried cranberries
2 dashes nutmeg
salt to taste

Begin by toasting the bread. While it's browning, cook the spinach in a microwave safe bowl for about 2 minutes or until hot. Drain off any surplus liquid.
Add the butter, berries, nutmeg and salt to the spinach and combine well. 
Spread a thin layer of ghee on the toasted sourdough, then arrange the toast on a plate. Pile it up with the spinach mixture. Serve hot. 

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