Italian Sausage, Spinach and Mashed Potato Casserole

In attempt to get my kids to eat mashed potatoes…

1 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, plus extra to grease the baking dish
2 teaspoons of olive oil
8 oz fresh spinach
1lb of Italian sausage, broken out of casing into small pieces
1/2 large red onion, peeled and sliced thin
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes (about 3 medium sized potatoes), peeled and cut into 1-inch chuncks
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
Dash of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup of shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese

Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter a 6×9 or 8×8 inch baking dish.

Heat one of the teaspoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add spinach and cook, stirring often, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Transfer spinach to strainer and drain.

Add sausage to skillet and cook over medium-high heat until browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Use slotted spoon to transfer sausage to bowl. Heat remaining olive oil in skillet and add onions, cooking until golden, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Scrape mixture into bowl with sausage.

Meanwhile, place potatoes in a large pot and add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring potatoes to boil over high heat, then lower heat to a simmer. Cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain potatoes, wipe pot dry, put potatoes back into the pot, and mash with butter, cream, vinegar, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir in spinach and 1/2 cup of the cheese.

Transfer potato-spinach mixture to prepared baking dish. Top with sausage-onion mixture and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Bake until potatoes are very hot and cheese is golden and bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

We had this with a baguette with butter and honey.

Did I change anything? I used about half as much onion as the original recipe called for and I used more sausage. I changed the recipe above to reflect the amounts I used.

What did the family think? Hubby and I really liked. The boys ate the sausage, but still steered clear of the mashed potatoes. Maybe I could get them to eat mashed potatoes if I board chocolate sauce all over them? 😉


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