Cape Town is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, and no visit to this beautiful city is complete without indulging in its rich and delicious food. From curries and stews to braais (barbecues) and seafood feasts, Cape Town has something to offer everyone. But one dish that often gets overlooked is sautéed spinach – a humble yet flavorful side dish that is a staple in many South African households. Today, I am sharing a recipe for a spinach dish that I tried during my recent visit to Cape Town, and trust me – it’s a real game-changer!
1 lb washed spinach
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp smoked paprika
Salt and pepper, to taste
- Start by washing the spinach thoroughly under running water. Shake off any excess water and set it aside.
- Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic cloves.
- Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the chopped onion and garlic and cook until soft, stirring occasionally.
- Now add the washed spinach to the pan, and toss it with the onion and garlic mixture. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, and let it cook for 10-15 minutes on low heat, until the spinach is wilted.
- Sprinkle smoked paprika over the spinach and mix well. Adjust the seasoning to your liking.
- Transfer the spinach to a serving dish and serve hot alongside your favorite South African meal.
This simple yet flavorful recipe can be easily customized to suit your taste buds. You can add a splash of lemon juice or balsamic vinegar to give it some tanginess, or toss a few cherry tomatoes into the pan while cooking for some added sweetness. Alternatively, you can also swap paprika for some chilli flakes to make it spicier. The possibilities are endless!
Sautéed spinach may not sound like the most exciting dish, but trust me – this South African spin on it will change your mind. This recipe is easy to make, packed with nutrients, and bursting with flavors that complement any meal. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner, this recipe is foolproof and perfect for trying out something new. So go ahead and give it a try – your taste buds will thank you for it!