Spinach Madeleine

  • Serves

    serves 6


A sauce of unabashedly flavorful ingredients—including evaporated milk and, yes, Velveeta cheese—makes for a spectacularly rich take on creamed spinach. We adapted this recipe from one found in the River Road Cookbook, one of Louisiana's most iconic Junior League cookbooks.


  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 lb. fresh spinach
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 2 tbsp. chopped onion
  • 12 cup chicken stock
  • 12 cup evaporated milk
  • 6 oz. Kraft Velveeta, chopped
  • 2 fresh jalapeño peppers, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 34 tsp. celery salt
  • 34 tsp. garlic salt


Step 1

Melt 4 tbsp. butter in an 8-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add spinach and cook in batches until wilted, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.

Step 2

Melt remaining butter in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add flour, stirring until blended and smooth but not brown. Add onion and cook until soft, 2 minutes. Slowly add chicken stock and evaporated milk, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Cook until smooth and thick, 3 minutes; add Velveeta and jalapeños, Worcestershire, celery and garlic salts, salt, and pepper. Stir until cheese is melted. Combine with cooked spinach.

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