Recipe: Creamed Spinach Hush Puppies

A steakhouse side meets a fried Southern classic

It wouldn't be a true steakhouse experience without a side of creamed spinach . . . right? Maybe there's some room for improvement: Modern steakhouse Quality Eats in NYC is serving a twist on the traditional side, turning it into golden hush puppies. The crisp fried balls of spinach and cheese are served alongside a creamy roast beef dipping sauce (meet demi-glace, your new favorite ingredient).

Having the oil at the right temperature is the most important part to hush puppy success-and making sure you let the insides of the balls cook without getting them too dark on the outside. Then just let them cool for a minute after frying. There's a ton of steam in there waiting to escape, so don't burn yourself.

To learn more, read "High Steaks."

Recipe adapted from Ryan Bartlow, Quality Eats, New York, NY

Creamed Spinach Hush Puppies
5 from 42 ratings
Instead of serving creamed spinach with your steak, turn the side into crisp hush puppies.
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Total time: 30 minutes
  • :::For the Hush Puppies:⅓ cup, plus 1 tablespoon, all-purpose flour:::
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups (5 ounces) spinach
  • ¾ cup room-temperature cream cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 egg
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • :::For the Roast Beef Aioli:¾ cup mayonnaise:::
  • ¼ cup veal demi-glace, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Prepare the hush puppies: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and prepare an ice bath. Blanch the spinach for 30 seconds, then transfer to the ice water. Using a towel, wring out the excess moisture from the spinach, then finely chop. Transfer to a large bowl with the cream cheese, Parmesan, lemon zest and egg, then mix until incorporated.
  3. Fold the dry ingredients into the spinach mixture until a smooth batter comes together. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes before frying. In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 inches of canola oil to 325º. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, make the roast beef aioli: In a medium bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons of the demi-glace, the sherry vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Transfer to a bowl and drizzle the remaining demi-glace over top.
  5. When the oil is up to temperature, drop 2 tablespoon-sized scoops of batter into the oil in batches. Fry until golden brown and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to the prepared plate to drain. Transfer to a platter and serve with the roast beef aioli on the side.
Calories per Serving 443
Total Fat 41.8 g
Saturated Fat 13.5 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 100.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 6.3 g
Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
Total Sugars 2.9 g
Sodium 723.5 mg
Protein 12.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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