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Wild Rice and Spinach Gratin

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Wild Rice and Spinach Gratin
  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 9
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Gruyère cheese, which flavors this hearty gratin, has a rich, sweet, nutty flavor and melts easily.

Ingredients

1
cup uncooked wild rice
1
tablespoon butter
2/3
cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs
3/4
cup Gruyère cheese, shredded
4
green onions, thinly sliced
1
cup finely chopped onion
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
3
tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2
cups fat-free (skim) milk
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground pepper
1
box (9 oz) spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain

Directions

  • 1 In 1 1/2-quart saucepan, cover rice with at least 2 inches water. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 40 to 50 minutes or until tender; drain any remaining water.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 25 seconds or until melted. Stir in bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of the cheese and the green onions; set aside.
  • 3 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spray 1 1/2-quart saucepan with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Cook and stir finely chopped onion in saucepan about 3 minutes or until almost tender; add garlic. Cook and stir about 30 seconds longer or until fragrant. Stir in flour. Cook and stir 1 minute (mixture will be dry). Gradually add milk, stirring with whisk; heat to boiling. Cook and stir about 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup cheese, the salt and pepper.
  • 4 In medium bowl, mix hot rice, spinach (breaking up with fingers) and milk mixture; spoon into baking dish. Top with reserved topping.
  • 5 Bake uncovered 30 to 35 minutes or until topping is golden brown.
Tips  

Wild rice is not actually rice but a long-grain marsh grass native to the northern Great Lakes region. In addition to being harvested in this area, wild rice is grown commercially in several Midwestern states and in California. Wild rice has a wonderful nutty flavor and chewy texture that enhances casseroles, soups, stuffings and salads.

For a special occasion or splurge when you might not be watching those few extra calories, try substituting fat-free half-and-half for the fat-free (skim) milk.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
200
(
Calories from Fat
50
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
8%
(
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
13%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
230mg
10%
Potassium
270mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate
29g
10%
(
Dietary Fiber
2g
10%
,
Sugars
4g
)
Protein
9g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%
50%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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