Garlicky Spinach-Sausage Gratin

Diving further into my Cooking Light magazine I found myself drawn to the “Budget Cooking” section. Curious if I could make a delicious meal for only $2.42 a serving, I decided to try the Garlicky Spinach-Sausage Gratin. Not only was I surprised at the simplicity of this dish, but its heartiness is filling, yet the ingredients healthy. I adore spinach so I’m drawn to anything that contains the green leafy vegetable. This recipe is a harmonious gratin that is filling and comforting, welcoming fall’s dark, chilly nights. In case you’re wondering, yes this meal can feed four people for under $10. Not an easy feat in today’s tight-budgeted world.

Garlicky Spinach-Sausage Gratin

by Cooking Light

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 cup chopped onion
8 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
6 ounces pork sausage (I used 1 pound)
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

Preheat oven to 450°.

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.

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.

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.

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One response to this post.

  1. Looks delicious! Anything that begins with the words “garlicky” usually gets my attention!

    BTW, I love your style of food. This is the kind of stuff we like to eat as everyday food. There are so many recipes here that I would be willing to try out.

    Thank you for posting these! Happy cooking!

    Reply

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