Bulgur with Spinach


Makes: 4 servings

Time: 45 minutes

A good use for leftover spinach if you have it. Other grains you can use: couscous; quinoa, cracked wheat, or millet, cooked until tender in Step 3; precookedwheat berries or hominy.  Recipe from How to Cook Everything.

About 8 ounces (1 pound before trimming) spinach or chard leaves, well washed

2 tablespoons butter or extra virgin olive oil

1 small onion, minced

Pinch ground cloves

1 cup medium- or coarse-grind bulgur

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 3/4 cups chicken, beef, or vegetable or water, heated

1. Steam or simmer the spinach just until wilted, 1 to 3 minutes; plunge into ice water to stop the cooking. Drain, squeeze dry, and coarsely chop.

2. Put the butter or oil in a large saucepan or skillet, preferably nonstick, over medium heat. When the butter is melted or the oil is hot, add the onion and cook, stirring, until it softens, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cloves.

3. Add the bulgur and stir until it is coated with butter or oil. Add the spinach and a little salt and pepper; stir until all the ingredients are blended, then add the liquid all at once. Turn the heat as low as possible, stir, and cover. Cook for 10 minutes, then turn off the heat and let sit for 15 minutes more. Adjust the seasoning and serve.


Posted in Recipes, Vegan


  1. Debbi Dougherty-Roth said...

    I would eat this everyday if I could or some variation of it. Delicious!

  2. golikewater said...

    You don’t even need to precook the spinach (as you would chard or another sturdier green). Just chop it and stir it into the cooked grain while it’s still hot. It’ll wilt and be perfect.

  3. Ana Uria said...

    Should the bulgur be already soaked and soft before adding to this receipe? Thanks

  4. Antar said...

    Yes, the Bulgar wheat should be soaked and soft
    also add a juice from key lime to the dish.

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