Spinach with Nutmeg Butter

We file this one under “we are surprised”. Turns out that nutmeg complements spinach.


  • 4 pounds flat-leaf spinach (about 8 bunches), coarse stems discarded
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated nutmeg


  1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a wide large pot over high heat, then cook spinach, tossing with tongs, until completely wilted, about 5 minutes. Drain in a colander, pressing with back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible.
  2. Heat butter in same pot over medium heat until foam subsides, then stir in nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and spinach. Cook, tossing with tongs, until just heated through.