Prep 0 mins
Cook 20 mins
From Cuisine at Home. I can't abide frozen spinach, so baby spinach leaves fit the role nicely. Cut down on the fat content by using lower fat milk instead of cream. A brief history of boursin, compliments of www.cheese.com: "Boursin is a modern, creamy, fresh cheese of cylindrical shape without rind. It is made with garlic and herbs or even black pepper. It is a soft industrial cheese with no affinage (maturity/aging process). The cheese was founded by Monsier Boursin in 1957. It has a rich, sweet flavor with a hint of acidity." Update: I discovered recently that there is a posted boursin cheese recipe on this site. I have not tried it.
- 1⁄2 cup yellow onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream
- 5 ounces boursin cheese
- 10 ounces baby spinach leaves, chopped
- 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest, finely minced
- white pepper
- 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
- 2⁄3 cup fresh breadcrumb
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- black pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Butter a shallow baking dish and set aside.
- Prepare the sauce first by sauteing the onion in butter over medium heat. Cook until soft, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add flour and stir well to coat. Cook about 1 minute.
- Gradually whisk in the milk and whipping cream, stirring the mixture constantly to break up any lumps. Simmer sauce for 1 minute. DO NOT burn.
- Next stir in the boursin cheese a little bit at a time, until melted and smooth. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Now add the spinach, Parmesan cheese, lemon zest and seasonings. Transfer the spinach mixture to the prepared baking dish.
- Toss together the topping ingredients. Add the topping to the spinach mixture and pat down with your hands.
- Place the dish on a baking sheet and bake until crumbs are golden and saucy bubbly; approximately 20-25 minutes.
- NOTE: Casserole can be prepared up through Step #8, covered with foil and chilled for baking at a later time.
This is becoming a holiday favorite for my family. I use the Laughing Cow Light cheese wedges, which melt nicely. Last night, substituted swiss chard whch has more body than spinach and it was great!
This was absolutely delicious! I used the reduced fat Boursin, which wasn't the same full flavor, but it still made a fabulous spinach dish. It was on sale at the time, but next time I'll splurge, bc I LOVE Boursin Cheese! I also used fresh spinach as you suggested. I was a good choice, very simple and a great compliment to any meal.
This is an outstanding recipe!! I used it in my cooking class and it was a big hit!1 I used Fat-Free 1/2&1/2 instead of milk and heavy cream and made my own boursin.Garlic Boursin Cheese Spread Thanks for sharing, Oh, I also used frozen chopped spinach.