Spleek to Me: Spinach and Leek Gratin With Bleu Cheese

“From the October 2005 issue of Bon Appetit. Don't let the sound of the word "leek" scare you away! Leeks are a haughty onion! You like onions, don't you?”
READY IN:
1hr 15mins
SERVES:
8
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a medium sized skillet over medium-high heat. DO NOT burn. Mix in half of the horseradish and 2 tablespoons of the Dijon mustard. Then add the breadcrumbs.
  3. Saute the breadcrumbs until light golden, about 3-4 minutes. Cool slightly. Stir in the cheese.
  4. Toss half of the spinach leaves in a large non-stick pan on high heat just until wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Transfer the wilted spinach to a sieve set over a bowl and press down with a spatula to release the moisture. Repeat again with the remaining spinach, draining as directed.
  6. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in medium-high heat in same pot you used to cook the spinach. Add the cut up leek and saute about 4 minutes.
  7. Add the cream, the remaining horseradish and mustard, and finally the spinach. Toss until the mixture is thick and blended, about 2 minutes total. DO NOT burn.
  8. Season with salt and black pepper.
  9. Transfer the spinach/leek mixture to a 7 x 11 inch baking dish. Top with the toasted breadcrumbs.
  10. Bake until bubbly, about 10 minutes.
  11. Serve with a cheesy grin.

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