Fried Spinach with Bacon

Source: Ein New Kochbuch by Marx Rumpolt, a 16th century collection of German recipes

Original Recipe:

Wasch den Spenat fein Sauber Ausz/ vnnd druck das Wasser wol davon/ wirffs in heisse butter in ein Pfannen/ vnnd röeszt es wol darinnen/ geusz ein wenig Erbeszbrüeh/ vn̄ ein wenig Speck darvnter/ thu auch ein wenig Zucker vnd kleine Rosein darein/ ein wenig Pfeffer vn̄ Jngwer/ lasz miteinander wider auffsieden/ dasz ein kurtze Brüeh gewinnet/ so wirt es gut wnd

Translation: (Translated by M. Grasse)

Wash the spinach nice (and) clean/ and press the water well out/ throw in hot butter in a pan/ and fry it well therein/ pour a little pea broth/ and a little bacon thereunder/ put also a little sugar and small raisins therein/ a little pepper and ginger/ let it come to a boil/ so a little broth develops/ so it becomes good and welltasting. If you have no sugar, so pour sweet wine, that has boiled/ therein/ and let it simmer with that/ so it is good also.

My Interpretation:

Wash spinach and remove excess water, chop spinach coarsely. Over medium heat melt butter, add spinach and fry until tender. Add remaining ingredients, let cook for 5 more minutes.


    • I'm not entirely certain if "small raisins" are referring to Zante currants here, however the Zante grape is small and would produce a "small raisin" when dried.


Rumpolt, Marx. "Ein new Kochbuch", Transliteration by Thomas Gloning, http://www.uni-giessen.de/gloning/kobu.htm

Rumpolt Marx Ein New Kochbuch [Online] // Ein New Kochbuch / ed. Grasse M.. - 2002. - February 5, 2009. - http://clem.mscd.edu/~grasse/GK_Rumpolt1.htm. - This is a translation of the book first published in 1581 by Marx Rumpolt. It has nearly 1000 recipes.

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