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Garlicky Spinach-Sausage Gratin

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 37 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup)
This hearty side dish pairs perfectly with a light main, such as a soup or slice of quiche. Go fancier by baking the gratin in individual dishes.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 8 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 6 ounces pork sausage
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 12 ounces fresh spinach, trimmed
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 ounces French bread baguette, torn into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 396
  • fat 23.6 g
  • satfat 8 g
  • monofat 11.2 g
  • polyfat 2.6 g
  • protein 21 g
  • carbohydrate 26.6 g
  • fiber 3.1 g
  • cholesterol 148 mg
  • iron 4.1 mg
  • sodium 732 mg
  • calcium 382 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.

  2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil; swirl. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add sausage, salt, and pepper; sauté 5 minutes, stirring to crumble. Remove mixture from pan; drain. Wipe pan.

  3. Return sausage mixture to pan. Stir in flour; sauté 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Combine milk and eggs, stirring well. Reduce heat to medium. Stir milk mixture into sausage mixture; bring to a boil, and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in spinach. Spoon spinach mixture into an 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray.

  4. Place bread in a food processor, and pulse until 1 cup coarse crumbs form. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Stir in crumbs, and sauté for 3 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently. Sprinkle crumbs over spinach mixture, and top with cheese. Bake at 450° for 12 minutes or until bubbly.