Creamed Spinach Casserole

 

Ingredients

  • 4 packages frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 shallots, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon Pernod
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½-2/3 cup half and half Freshly ground nutmeg
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Drizzle of Truffle oil (about 2 teaspoons)
  • Sea salt or Fleur de Sel to taste

Methods/steps

Grilling Method: Indirect/Medium Heat

Remove as much of the water as possible from the spinach by pressing the cooled spinach tightly with the back of a spoon in a strainer/colander. Set aside. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat, add shallots and cook until soft and slightly caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add Pernod, stir and add flour. Whisk for 2-3 minutes or until flour is slightly browned (this eliminates the raw flour taste). Stir in half and half until heated through and season with a pinch of ground nutmeg, fresh pepper, the truffle oil and salt. Add drained spinach; mix well. Place in an oven-proof casserole dish and cook in the grill over Indirect/Medium heat until hot and bubbly.

Note: Can be made in advance and heated in the grill or an oven (375 F) for 30-40 minutes, just before serving.