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Spinach, Mushrooms, and Cream for Dinner

January 28, 2013
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

Adapted from Nigel Slater's Tender. I've replaced some of the cream with milk; I've also reduced the amount of cheese. On mushrooms: for a weightier dinner, try adding a couple of fleshy portobellos. —Nicholas Day

  • Makes 1 gratin
Ingredients
  • 1 pound spinach
  • 1 pound crimini mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
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Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the mushrooms into bite-size pieces. Warm a tablespoon of butter and two tablespoons olive oil in a saucepan, then add the mushrooms. Stirring occasionally, saute the mushrooms until some of their liquid cooks away and they start to brown. Add the white wine and boil for a couple of minutes. Then add the cream and milk and let simmer for several more minutes. Turn off the heat. (If you have time, leave this to steep; the cream and milk will get wonderfully mushroomy.)
  2. Wash the spinach well and put in a saucepan over medium heat. Cover the pan and let the spinach steam for several minutes. Then drain it and squeeze the water out.
  3. Add the spinach and a couple tablespoons of parmesan to the mushroom-cream mixture. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan on top. Cook for about a half-hour, or until golden. (If the cheese melts but does not crisp, run it under the broiler for several minutes.)

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I'm the author of a book on the science and history of infancy, Baby Meets World. My website is nicholasday.net; I tweet over at @nicksday. And if you need any good playdoh recipes, just ask.