Creamy Spinach Potato Bake

Layers of potato in a creamy, parmesan and spinach sauce. Topped with cheese and breadcrumbs, then baked to perfection. I have concluded that somehow, crack got into this dish. I have no other explanation for how hard it was to resist immediately eating the leftovers.

Yield; Six servings Cook time; 45 minutes

You’ll need;

  1. Four large potatoes, cut into about ¼ of a centimeter slices
  2. 200g(7oz) spinach leaves
  3. 50g(1.5oz) non-dairy margarine
  4. 50g(1.5oz) plain, all purpose flour
  5. 500ml non-dairy milk, warmed
  6. Three heaped tablespoons of grated non-dairy parmesan cheese
  7. One teaspoon of dijon mustard
  8. One teaspoon of dried parsley
  9. 80g(3oz) non-dairy cheese, grated
  10. Two tablespoons of breadcrumbs
  11. Salt and black pepper to taste

Method;

  • Firstly, preheat the oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan assisted/350ºF
  • Next, wilt the spinach. Place it in a sieve, and pour freshly boiled over it until it wilts. Allow to cool before squeezing out the excess water. Chop and set aside.
  • Parboil the potato slices for three or four minutes, you can do this while you make the sauce to cut down on time.
  • To make the sauce, melt the dairy-free margarine in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and whisk for four minutes. Slowly add a little non-dairy milk at a time until you have a thick sauce.
  • Once the sauce has thickened, mix through the non-dairy parmesan cheese, mustard and parsley. Season with salt and plenty of cracked black pepper. Mix through the chopped spinach until well combined.
  • In an oven proof dish, spoon a little of the creamy spinach sauce, just enough to coat the bottom. Layer on the slices of potato and sauce, until you’ve run out of both. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil after 30 minutes, sprinkle over the cheese, then the breadcrumbs before returning to the oven.
  • Bake for a further five minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Leave to stand for a couple of minutes before serving.

Serve along with vegetables/meat-free sausages/chicken-less fillets, or a side salad if you want to keep things simple.

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