How To Make ‘Mad Men’ Week: Creamed Spinach Gratin

Sides are usually my favorite part of a meal. But dreaming them up for dinner night after night can be so BORING. Like, “Imma give myself a lobotomy with a spoon” boring.

You know what I mean. You can only have salad, taters or green beans so many times before people rebel.

This Creamed Spinach Gratin is a great solution. It’s very similar to other creamed spinach recipes in that you combine the spinach with cream, milk, butter, onion and a little dash of nutmeg

How To Make ‘Mad Men’ Week: Creamed Spinach Gratin

How To Make ‘Mad Men’ Week: Creamed Spinach Gratin
How To Make ‘Mad Men’ Week: Creamed Spinach Gratin

Makes 8 servings

  • 3 pounds frozen chopped spinach, defrosted (5 (10-ounce) packages)
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  1. Transfer your thawed spinach to a large baking dish or bowl. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saute pan over medium heat.
  4. Add the onions, and saute until translucent, about 15 minutes.
  5. Add the flour and nutmeg and cook, stirring, for 2 more minutes.
  6. Add the cream and milk, and cook until thickened.
  7. Squeeze as much liquid as possible from the spinach, and add the spinach to the sauce. Add 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese and mix well. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  8. Transfer the spinach to a baking dish, and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan and the Gruyere on top. Bake for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly. Serve hot.

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