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Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross Photo by: Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Garlicky Spinach-Sausage Gratin

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.

Cooking Light OCTOBER 2011

  • Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup)
  • Hands-on: 25 Minutes
  • Total: 37 Minutes

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

Preparation

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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 396
  • Fat: 23.6g
  • Saturated fat: 8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 11.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.6g
  • Protein: 21g
  • Carbohydrate: 26.6g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Cholesterol: 148mg
  • Iron: 4.1mg
  • Sodium: 732mg
  • Calcium: 382mg
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