Continuing on with my faux southern cooking, may I present this gratin. For this, you kind of make a sausage gravy, mix it with spinach, top it with breadcrumbs and bake. It looks like a mess when you put it on your plate, but man is it delish! I made this for breakfast for The Hubs last weekend when it was raining, and we were craving something warm and hearty. He loved it! I served it with a sweet potato biscuit and some eggs, and it was just like he was back in the south as a boy eating biscuits and gravy. Only with 1/3 the saturated fat and calories! (Did you see how I snuck in those leafy greens too?) That’s how I roll!
Garlicky Spinach-Sausage Gratin recipe from Cooking Light
- 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
- 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.
Tonight we’re off to watch the high school football game. I’m actually pretty excited. This will totally be such a blast from the past. In my younger years I was on the cheerleading team, so I’m excited to relive my glory days. hahahaha! My nephew is in the band, which is why we’re going, but I’m also really excited to see what high school culture is all about these days. Its been a while, that’s for sure! My sister in law said they serve really good food at the game, especially the chicken sandwiches. When I was in high school, all they sold at our football games was candy and coffee! My how the times have changed