Economical ingredients, such as potatoes, spinach and ham, really stretch to make a satisfying casual meal for weekend entertaining.
- Portion size 8 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: February 2005
- 6 Yukon Gold potatoes (2 lb/1 kg)peeled
- 1 pkg (10 0z/284 g) fresh spinach
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3 cups thinly sliced mushrooms
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 can evaporated 2% milk
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 lb Black Forest ham cut_in 3/4-inch (2 cm) cubes
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
In saucepan of boiling salted water, cover and cook potatoes until tender when pierced with tip of knife, about 10 minutes. Drain and let cool.
Meanwhile, rinse spinach; shake off excess water. In large saucepan, cover and cook spinach over medium heat, with just the water clinging to leaves and stirring once, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Transfer to sieve; press out moisture.
Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; saut?ushrooms, onion, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper until golden and liquid is evaporated, about 8 minutes.
Sprinkle flour into skillet; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add stock, evaporated milk and mustard; cook over medium heat, stirring, until thickened, 10 minutes.
Cut potatoes into 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick slices. Arrange one-third of the potatoes in greased 11- x 7-inch (2 L) glass baking dish; top with half of the spinach. Repeat layers. Spread remaining potatoes over top. Sprinkle with ham. Evenly pour sauce over top. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese and bread crumbs. (Make-ahead: Cover loosely and refrigerate for up to 4 hours; add 10 minutes to baking time.)
Bake on rimmed baking sheet in 350°F (180°C) oven until bubbly and top is golden and crisp,about 1 hour. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about
- Sodium 1330 mg
- Protein 26 g
- Calories 323.0
- Total fat 11 g
- Cholesterol 50 mg
- Saturated fat 5 g
- Total carbohydrate 31 g
- Iron 21.0
- Folate 35.0
- Calcium 29.0
- Vitamin A 35.0
- Vitamin C 25.0