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Potato, Ham, and Spinach Gratin

Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 8 servings
This simple gratin uses yellow-fleshed potatoes to good advantage--sliced thin, they remain toothsome but light. For best results, peel and slice the potatoes just before assembling the gratin so their starch doesn't leach out. Using a "V" slicer or mandoline really helps to make uniformly thin slices.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chopped reduced-fat ham (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
  • 2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 7 cups (1/8-inch-thick) slices Yukon gold potato (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Gruyère cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 240
  • caloriesfromfat 24 %
  • fat 6.3 g
  • satfat 2.9 g
  • monofat 2.5 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 12.8 g
  • carbohydrate 34 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 22 mg
  • iron 1.7 mg
  • sodium 581 mg
  • calcium 235 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. Heat oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and garlic; sauté 2 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat; stir in ham, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, nutmeg, and spinach. Combine milk, flour, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, stirring with a whisk.

  3. Arrange half of potato slices in an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread spinach mixture over potato slices. Arrange remaining potato slices over spinach mixture; pour milk mixture over top. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover with foil coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until potato is tender. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese; bake an additional 15 minutes.

  4. Preheat broiler.

  5. Broil gratin for 2 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.