Sunday, February 28, 2010

Potato, Turnip, and Spinach Baeckeoffe

This takes a little while, although you can make the onions while you're making the mushroom mixture as long as you keep an eye on it. But it is VERY tasty. The caramelized onions are key. And the Gruyere. Make sure you get a quality Gruyere. We happened to find a locally-made sharp Gruyere on sale at Wegmans last weekend so we used that and it was incredible. This would be a nice recipe to try if you are scared of turnips. It's a good way to incorporate them without really noticing them. I would make this again. It's a good, solid fall dish.

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Potato, Turnip, and Spinach Baeckeoffe
Cooking Light, Jan/Feb 2010

Translated from the Germanic Alsatian dialect, baeckeoffe means "baker's oven," as it was traditionally a dish that was brought to the local baker to cook in his oven. Classic versions are loaded with meat, but our vegetarian riff is equally hearty and rich.

1 tablespoon butter
1 pound sliced mushroom caps
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup white wine
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 large thyme sprig
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
2 tablespoons 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
Cooking spray
4 cups vertically sliced onion (about 2 medium onions)
1 (8-ounce) Yukon gold potato, peeled and cut into (1/4-inch-thick) slices
2 cups packed baby spinach leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 (6-ounce) turnip, peeled and cut into (1/8-inch-thick) slices
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Gruyère cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms to pan, and sauté 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add wine; cook 2 minutes. Add parsley, thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Uncover and cook 6 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Remove from heat; discard thyme. Add cream cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Remove mushroom mixture from pan. Wipe pan clean with paper towels.

3. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion; saute for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium; continue cooking for 15 minutes or until deep golden brown, stirring frequently. Set aside.

4. Coat a 6-cup baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange potato slices in dish, and top with spinach. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper evenly over spinach. Spoon the mushroom mixture over black pepper, and arrange turnip slices over mushroom mixture. Top with caramelized onions; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and tarragon. Pour whipping cream over tarragon, and sprinkle evenly with Gruyère cheese. Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender and cheese begins to brown.

Yield: 4 servings

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