Courgette & Spinach Gratin
450g field fare frozen spinach*
3 slices of thick cut bacon cut crosswise 1/4-inch pieces
1 large onion
1 handful of parsley (about 1/2 cup of leaves, lightly packed)
3 cloves garlic, peeled, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
Grate the courgette. Toss the grated courgette with about a teaspoon of Kosher salt. Place the grated courgette in a large sieve (or colander) placed over a bowl to catch the water as the salt helps the courgette release its moisture. Let sit for 30 minutes or so, then squeeze out the remaining excess moisture with paper towels or a clean tea towel.
Thaw the spinach, let drain while the courgette is draining. Then squeeze out the excess moisture with paper towels or a tea towel. Cook the bacon: Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Add the bacon and gently cook until lightly browned and most of the fat rendered out, about 10 minutes. While the bacon is cooking, peel and finely chop the onion. Add the onions to the bacon & cook for an additional 10 minutes, until the onions have softened.
While the bacon and onions are cooking, place the parsley and garlic with a small pinch of salt into a food processor and pulse just a couple of times, preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F), Gas mark 4.
Place the courgette into a large bowl, with a wooden spoon, mix in the cooked onions and bacon, then mix in the spinach, parsley, and garlic. Mix in half of the Parmesan. taste, and add black pepper and more salt to taste. Mix in the eggs.
Coat the bottom and sides of a 2 litre oval casserole or gratin dish with a tablespoon of olive oil. Put the courgette spinach mixture into the dish and pack it down. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese over the top and drizzle with a little olive oil. Bake in a 180°C (350°F), Gas mark 4 oven for 40-45 minutes, until the top is nicely browned. Serve immediately.
Many thanks to www.simplyrecipes.com for this recipe