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Spinach and Kale Gratin

Our Spinach and Kale Gratin is the ultimate winter comfort food and a delicious addition to any holiday menu!

Our Spinach and Kale Gratin is the ultimate winter comfort food and a great addition to any holiday meal.

We loaded up this easy side dish casserole with Tuscan kale and baby spinach that is smothered in a cheesy cream sauce. Then a buttery bread crumb topping is placed on top, and this spinach and kale gratin is baked until hot and bubbly!

Our Spinach and Kale Gratin is the ultimate winter comfort food and a delicious addition to any holiday menu!

Everything – even green veggies – is better smothered in cheese and buttery bread crumbs… Don’t you agree? 🙂

This Spinach and Kale Gratin can be made in advance. Prepare the spinach and kale filling and place in the casserole dish or baking pan – but hold off on adding the crumb topping until right before you bake it. Also – if you’ve refrigerated the filling before baking it – the bake time will be a little longer unless you bring the spinach and kale filling up to room temperature before placing in the oven.

Our Spinach and Kale Gratin is the ultimate winter comfort food and a delicious addition to any holiday menu!

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Spinach and Kale Gratin

Spinach and Kale Gratin - A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

Topping

  • 1 small baguette, about 8 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Filling

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup shallots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 pound Tuscan Kale, removed from stems and chopped
  • 8 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons corn starch
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup Romano cheese grated
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Remove crust from baguette and cut into cubes.
  3. Toss with butter, thyme, garlic and grated Parmesan.
  4. Pour onto a small sheet pan and bake 20 minutes, flipping half way through cooking time. Set aside to cool.
  5. (Alternatively, you can purchase stuffing bread cubes instead of making your own if you are pressed for time)
  6. In a large pan or pot, heat oil and butter over medium high heat and add shallots.
  7. Cook for two minutes and add garlic. Cook for one minute.
  8. Add kale and spinach and cook just until wilted, about two minutes.
  9. Stir corn starch and goat cheese into cream to form a slurry and add to kale mixture.
  10. Stir and cook over medium heat until bubbling.
  11. Add Parmesan, Romano, salt, pepper and cheddar cheese and cook until the cheese has melted into the mixture.
  12. Butter an 8×8-inch pan or equivalent-size casserole dish and pour in the kale mixture.
  13. Pour cooled toasted bread cubes into a food possessor and pulse just to break up into rice sized pieces.
  14. Pour over kale, cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes. Remove foil and bake for five minutes more.
  15. Serve hot.

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Our Spinach and Kale Gratin is the ultimate winter comfort food and a delicious addition to any holiday menu!

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