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Variations of spinach with pine nuts and raisins can be found on most Spanish tapas menus these days. The key to making this dish over-the-top is just barely wilting the spinach and adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice on top. Those two small details make a world of difference in texture and flavor.
Soak the raisins in a bowl, covered with warm water for five minutes. Then strain them and set aside.
Heat the olive oil over medium-low heat in a large skillet. Add the garlic and cook until softened and lightly golden. Remove it from the skillet and set aside.
Add the pine nuts into the skillet and toast for a few minutes until lightly golden, adjusting the heat if necessary so they don’t burn. Then add the spinach, raisins, and cooked garlic back into the pan. Cook for just a couple of minutes, until the spinach just starts to wilt, stirring around constantly.
Transfer to a serving dish, squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over the top, and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
This is a stick-to-your-ribs, warm-you-up, side dish. This is not the conventional creamed spinach recipe that calls for tons of butter and cheese, it is low-fat and delicious. What is also great about this recipe is that it is a total “pantry” dish that is a quick go-to on a busy day.
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