Made with Greek yogurt instead of cream, this Healthy Creamed Spinach Gratin is the perfect lightened up holiday side dish.
Are you still looking for last-minute side dish ideas for Thanksgiving? My Creamy Spinach Gratin is nutritious, easy to make and packed with flavor. It’s sure to be hit with your guests!
Healthy Makeover of a Classic Dish
How to Make This Healthy Creamy Spinach Gratin
Finally, I top the dish off with a mixture of breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. That’s what makes this dish a gratin rather than just plain old creamed spinach. I love the contrast of the soft, creamy spinach with the crunchy topping. Transfer the skillet to the oven to get the topping golden brown and crispy and you’re done!
This dish makes four servings but if you’re feeding a crowd, it can easily be doubled or tripled. I like to make it and serve it in a cast iron skillet for a rustic look but you can just as easily bake it in a casserole dish. Happy Thanksgiving!
Healthy Creamed Spinach Gratin
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ¼ cup finely chopped shallot or yellow onion
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup reduced fat milk
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- 5 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided use
- 1 pound frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 3 tablespoons whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Heat the butter in a small cast iron skillet (or other oven-safe skillet) over medium heat until melted. Add the shallots and garlic and sauté until softened, 3-4 minutes.
- Sprinkle in the flour and whisk to combine. Cook 1-2 minutes. Whisk in the milk and cook 2-3 minutes until sauce thickens. Turn the heat to low and whisk in the yogurt, nutmeg, cayenne, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, ¼ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper until smooth. Stir in the spinach.
- Mix the breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese and olive oil together in a small bowl and season it with a pinch of salt and pepper. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the spinach. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook until topping is lightly browned and spinach is bubbly, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and serve warm.