24/04/2014 14:25 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

New Potato, Spinach And GruyèRe Bake Recipe


New potato, spinach and gruyère bake by

This hearty dish is packed with flavour and can be eaten cold the next day.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time:
60 minutes

Serves: 4

600g new potatoes, scrubbed & halved or quartered if large
200g spinach, tough stalks removed
A little butter for greasing
1 tbsp cornflour
150ml milk
3 eggs
250ml double cream
¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
100g gruyère cheese, grated


1. In a pan of boiling salted water, cook the potatoes for 12-15 mins, until just tender. Drain and keep to one side.

2. While the potatoes are bubbling away, cook the spinach in a separate pan of boiling water for 2 mins. Drain and plunge into a bowl of cold water to refresh. Drain again. Use your hands to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Roughly chop the leaves.

3. Preheat the oven to 200°C. With a little bit of butter on a piece of kitchen paper, lightly grease a 2 litre capacity gratin or baking dish.

4. Blend the cornflour with 2 tbsp milk in a bowl. Break in the eggs and whisk together. Whisk in the rest of the milk and cream. Add the nutmeg and cheese and season.

5. Mix the potatoes, spinach and egg mixture in the baking dish. Bake for 25-30 mins, or until golden and puffy.

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