I was reminded of it recently when I came across a recipe in Cook's Illustrated for Sweet-and-Sour Broccoli Rabe which had similar flavors. I had heaps of spinach in the fridge and so whipped this together, adding pine nuts and substituting shallots for the onion and garlic.
I love the contrasting flavors of this side dish and found it so much more interesting that your typical steamed or sauteed spinach. This recipe is quick too, coming together in about 15 minutes. If you've got spinach growing in your garden right now, or arriving in your farm share, this is a great method for using it up.
For 2-3 side dish servings:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3/4 cup thinly sliced shallots
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 8 ounces baby spinach
In a largish pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and add the shallots, stirring to coat. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of kosher salt. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes, being careful not to let them brown. Turn the heat down to medium if they are. Add the pine nuts and stir together for another minute. Add the raisins, vinegar, orange juice, and brown sugar stirring until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is somewhat syrupy, about 3-4 minutes more. Add the spinach in batches, stirring to coat with the sauce. This should be done quickly so the spinach is just wilted and still bright green. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately.
Adapted from the recipe Sweet and Sour Broccoli Rabe from Cook's Illustrated.