My son loves this dish and has since he was old enough to complain about what goes on his plate. Often I make this and flaky biscuits with butter and marmalade for a two-person meal. It’s a great side, but it can be a meal all by itself. If you like it as much as we do, you’ll make it a meal.

Ingredients needed for the best spinach recipe:

  • 4 slices bacon ( I use Pederson’s Uncured Apple Smoked Bacon. The fat is clear and doesn’t smoke. Additionally, the flavor is awesome.)
  • 1 large shallot (If you don’t have a shallot, a whole small red onion is good too.)
  • 1/4 c. red wine (I use whatever I have on hand.)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of light brown sugar
  • A handful of dried cranberries (I don’t measure, I grab.)
  • 1 5-oz package of baby spinach (Pre-washed. Nothing is more tedious than washing spinach. I use Earthbound Farm Organic.)

Slice bacon into bits. Saute. Drain excess fat, but leave a tad in the pot to saute the remaining ingredients. When lightly browned, add sliced shallot and saute until opaque.

Add dried cranberries and stir. Saute for just a minute. Add brown sugar and wine. Stir to dissolve brown sugar. Add whole package of spinach. Cover. Stay close at hand because after about a minute, you’ll want to open the pot to check on the spinach. You should notice that the liquid and steam are reducing it. Give the spinach a stir, coating it with the dressing. Cover for another minute. Stir. You don’t want to over cook the spinach. You want it to retain its pretty green color.

 

When the spinach is at this stage, it’s ready to eat!

I hope you’ll give this recipe a try. If you do, let me know if you were satisfied or not.