Espinaca a La Catalan (Catalan-Style Spinach)

"A spinach side dish from the Catalan region in Spain. Strong Moorish influences! Whatever you do, DO NOT overcook the spinach! From Jose Andres Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America. Love Jose's recipes!"
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  • 2 tablespoons spanish extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 gravenstein apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4 inch cubes (read *NOTE)
  • 14 cup pine nuts
  • 14 cup seedless dark raisin
  • 12 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 10 ounces fresh Baby Spinach, washed and patted dry (I use a salad spinner)


  • *NOTE: Original recipe specified a golden delicious apple. However any apple variety that holds its shape well for baking will work in this recipe: Rome beauty, braeburn, gala, for example.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over a medium-high flame.
  • When the oil is very hot, add the apple cubes and cook until they are lightly browned; about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the pine nuts and cook until they are lightly browned; about 20-30 seconds. Watch pan carefully as the pine nuts can burn quite easily! *Constantly stir the nuts to avoid burning.*.
  • Add the raisins and the 1/2 teaspoon salt; stir together. Add the spinach and sauté very fast until it just starts to wilt; about another 20-30 seconds.
  • Now remove the pan from the heat; the spinach will continue to wilt off the heat.
  • Add salt to taste, and serve immediately.

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  1. Great spinach recipe! I usually prepare spinach with more savory ingredients so this was different for us but we really enjoyed it. Quick to make too which is always a plus. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Made for ZWT8, Chefs gone WILD!
  2. Fantastic! The apple, nuts and raisins make you forget your eating spinach. Made as written using a Gravenstein apple. Thanks for a healthy, yet very yummy post.
  3. I really enjoyed this recipe! I have always liked the combo of spinach and raisins so I knew I would like this. I used a Gala apple. Very fast, easy and healthy! Made for ZWT5.
  4. This was a nice change of pace. It was healthy, attractive and quick. Those are great qualities! It was not quiet as flavorful as I would have liked, but still tasty.
  5. 5 star all the way - Delicious spinach recipe. Easy to mske - get everything ready a head of time and, as the intro says "Do not overcook the Spinach". It takes less than 5 minutes - just let it wilt & get hot right through. I only had golden raisins at home and they were a bit old so I plumped them up in a mixture of brandy & water - Let them soak for about 6 hours - Nice Definitiely a recipe that will be made again



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