Side Dish Thanksgiving Vegetarian

Baked Spinach & Gruyere

December 8, 2011

I hope you like cheese…and if you don’t like spinach, you will after this Baked Spinach & Gruyere hits your tongue. It’s heavenly. It’s also rich and decadent and quickly turns a healthy vegetable into something sinful and not so nice to your hips. But it’s the holidays! So who cares, right? It’s cold outside, so a little extra padding won’t hurt. There’s always the gym in January, so indulge!

Baked Spinach & Gruyere

So, how’s it taste?

I’m not kidding when I say it’s rich and decadent. It’s almost over the top. It supposedly makes 8 servings, but we get way more out of that because it’s so intense. Maybe it’s eight if you have a big slice of it for your main course, but I slice it smaller for a side. The shallots are cooked and reduced in white wine, then added to cream, milk, and oh that cheese! Half a pound of Gruyere and a bit of Parmesan. Very unassuming from its looks, but oh it’s just delicious! I’d like to try it substituting whole milk for the cream, and skim milk for the whole milk, just to see if it’s less rich. It’s pretty darn good as is, but only a special occasion side, as I’d like to continue to fit into my jeans you know?

Baked Spinach & Gruyere

Real Simple
serves 8
per serving: 417 calories, 31g fat, 14g carbs, 24g protein, 5g fiber


1 tbsp. olive oil, plus more for the dish
6 shallots, thinly sliced
kosher salt and black pepper
6 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
4 10-ounce boxes frozen leaf spinach, thawed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan (2 ounces)
2 cups grated Gruyere (8 ounces)
1 cup dry white wine


1. Heat oven to 400° F. Coat a shallow 2 1/2- to 3-quart baking dish with oil; set aside.

2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until evaporated, 4 to 6 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, milk, nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

4. Squeeze the spinach to remove excess liquid. Stir the spinach, shallots, Gruyere, and Parmesan into the egg mixture. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.

5. Bake until bubbling and the top is golden brown, 45 to 55 minutes.

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  • Lesley December 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I am intrigued, though I’m not good with cooked spinach. Do you think it would be okay with less spinach? Or I wonder what I could sub in half…

    • Leah December 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      Hmmm, probably not less spinach without adding something else. It’s really really cheesy, so it needs that green in there. Could you do shaved/shredded brussel sprouts? Savoy cabbage goes well with cheese, too.

  • Ann December 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I love this sort of dish! I have a recipe for something similar, but less cheesy! It looks amazing!

    • Leah December 10, 2011 at 8:31 am

      Although I love the cheese in this, I bet yours is fantastic too!

  • Sues December 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Mmm heavenly!! And you can pretend not to feel guilty because it’s spinach… that cancels out all the other bad stuff 🙂

    • Leah December 10, 2011 at 8:33 am

      Good thinking 😉