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Spinach-Gruyere Gateau de Crepes

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A winsome way to use leftover crepes, this towering gateau de crepes replaces the usual jam, cream, and chocolate with alternating layers of rich bechamel and sauteed spinach.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2009

Ingredients

FOR THE BECHAMEL

  • 1/2 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, plus more for sheet
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cups grated Gruyere cheese (4 ounces)
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

FOR THE ASSEMBLY

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon)
  • 5 ounces baby spinach (about 6 cups)
  • Pinch of crushed red-pepper flakes
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 lemon, for squeezing
  • 12 small Basic Crepes

Directions

  1. Make the bechamel: Place onion and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, and cook until onion is translucent and softened, about 5 minutes. Add flour, and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Whisk in milk in a slow, steady stream. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes. Add 1 cup Gruyere, and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat, add nutmeg, and season with salt and pepper.

  2. To assemble: Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add spinach, and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add red-pepper flakes, and season with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon. Let cool slightly. Squeeze out any excess liquid, and coarsely chop.

  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bechamel. Mix remaining bechamel and spinach in a medium bowl. Butter a rimmed baking sheet. Place 1 crepe on center of sheet, and top with 3 tablespoons spinach mixture, spreading evenly. Top with another crepe, then 3 tablespoons spinach mixture. Repeat with remaining crepes and spinach mixture, ending with a crepe. Spread reserved bechamel on top, and sprinkle with remaining cup cheese. Bake until cheese melts and turns golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool slightly, then transfer gateau de crepes to a platter. Cut into wedges, and serve warm.

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  • Buildabearloverandvegan98
    28 APR, 2015
    I am astonished that some people believe that just WOMEN print recipes. I will have you know I have been a man for 11 years and I print out recipes all the time.
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  • Liebchen1
    23 DEC, 2013
    Ladies - to print press icon next to the "envelope" icon - that will take you to the print screen. In upper righ-hand corner it will show "PRINT" - press and it will be done. Good luck! This recipe is fantastic, easy and delicious. I serve it with a fresh fruit plate, French baguette slices and a white wine. An easy lunch or cozy supper by the fireplace. ENJOY!
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  • senaruk
    12 OCT, 2013
    Hear, hear, kdroste!! I have the same complaint about not being able to print. And when I contacted Martha's Customer Service, they sent me instructions for printing that were either unworkable and/or incomprehensible. It really does make the recipes in this format pretty useless. Definitely not up to Martha's standards! Wonder who was responsible for this fiasco?
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  • kdroste
    6 JUL, 2013
    I would love to make this but you don't have a print button anymore- it's pretty useless to me without it.
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  • s4nte
    5 AUG, 2011
    This was a tasty hit at my party. It can be a bit time consuming but making crepes is easy when you have help plus the bechamel and spinach mixture can be made the day before and refrigerated - just let the bachamel come to room temp before spreading. I would definitely make this again.
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  • KarmaFreeCooking
    7 JUL, 2010
    have any of you had trouble with the stack of crepes slidding off place while this is in the oven?? It happened to me... how can I prevent this from happening??
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  • LoloMarie
    15 JAN, 2009
    I wonder if this would work with phyllo dough?
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