Creamed spinach

  (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)


Dear SOS: I'm looking for a good creamed spinach recipe like you would find at Lawry's, Morton's or the rest of the fine steak and prime rib restaurants. I can take the fat, so please don't go low-cal on me. Please let me know if you find one.

Mike Joyce

Diamond Bar

Dear Mike: Lawry's was happy to share its recipe for creamed spinach, combining fresh spinach with a rich base of bacon, scallion, onion and more than a hint of garlic, making for a wonderfully hearty take on this classic dish. It's great served on its own, and is a perfect side dish alongside a great steak or slab of prime rib.

Creamed spinach

Total time: About 1 hour

Servings: 6 to 8

Note: Adapted from Lawry's the Prime Rib in Beverly Hills.

Spinach base

1/2 pound smoked bacon, finely chopped

1 bunch (about 10 small) green onions, finely chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon pepper

1 1/2 tablespoons butter

1. In a large skillet, cook the chopped bacon over medium-high heat until browned and crisp, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes.

2. To the pan, stir in the green onion, onion, chopped garlic, salt and pepper and simmer, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat.