Active Time
50 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 15 MIN
Yield
Serves : 8

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 425°. Arrange the squash rounds on 2 rimmed baking sheets and brush with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and bake for 20 minutes, or until barely tender. Increase the oven temperature to 475°.

Step 2    

Meanwhile, set a medium saucepan over moderately high heat. Add the spinach, 1 handful at a time, and cook, stirring frequently, until wilted. Drain the spinach, squeeze dry and coarsely chop.

Step 3    

In the same saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a boil, then simmer over low heat until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach and simmer, stirring occasionally, until creamy, but not runny. Season with salt and pepper, transfer to a plate and let cool.

Step 4    

Lightly oil a large, shallow baking dish. In a small bowl, stir the crème fraèche into the Parmesan. Spread the Parmesan cream on 8 squash rounds. Arrange 8 of the remaining rounds in the baking dish. Spoon a scant tablespoon of the creamed spinach over each round. Repeat this layering 2 more times and top with the rounds spread with Parmesan cream.

Step 5    

Cover the gratins with foil and bake until heated through, about 10 minutes. Preheat the broiler. Uncover and broil the gratins for 2 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to plates and serve.

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