Creamed Watercress with Ginger and Shiitakes Creamed Watercress with Ginger and Shiitakes

Creamed Watercress with Ginger and Shiitakes Author: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Angus Fergusson

The bold peppery flavour of watercress puts a modern twist on classic creamed spinach. A handful of shiitakes and a hit of fiery fresh ginger give this rich yet nutrient-packed side an Asian-inspired feel.

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Total time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 bunches watercress (about 650 g total), trimmed
  • 2 bunches spinach (about 650 g total), trimmed
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups sliced stemmed shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 shallots, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk , warmed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Method

In large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook watercress and spinach until wilted and bright green, about 1 minute. Drain. Using rubber spatula, press out excess liquid to drain well. Roughly chop.

Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook mushrooms and shallots, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add ginger and garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Sprinkle in flour; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Gradually pour in milk, whisking until smooth; cook, stirring, until thick enough to coat back of spoon, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in watercress, spinach, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, until watercress and spinach are coated, about 1 minute.

Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Nutritional facts Per each of 12 servings: about

  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sodium 480 mg
  • Sugars 4 g
  • Protein 6 g
  • Calories 129
  • Total fat 7 g
  • Potassium 502 mg
  • Cholesterol 20 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 12 g

%RDI

  • Iron 14
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 33
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 16
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 66
  • Vitamin C 30
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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