This recipe is sweet, savory and jam packed with flavor and nutrition. It makes a wonderful side dish or an excellent meal in itself. In this simple recipe sweet potatoes, gruyere cheese, Italian sausage, and spinach are topped with a garlicky cream sauce to create a delicious twist on the classic potato au gratin casserole.
What’s so great about sweet potatoes?
I love everything about sweet potatoes. For one, they are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals and super rich in antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals. When it comes to flavor, sweet potatoes pair well with just about anything under the sun. These guys can be enjoyed with or without the skin and can be baked, boiled, roasted, fried, steamed, or pan-cooked. They are just so versatile!
What does Gratin actually mean?
One of our favorite family recipes is this because it is gratin style! GRATIN = CHEESE SAUCE and we are here for the garlicky goodness! Actually “Gratin” is derived from the French verb gratiner—to broil. The last part of this recipe is crucial because that is exactly what we will be doing to achieve that amazing crust on top.
One thing that I would highly recommend for this recipe and in general to make your life easier in the kitchen, is a mandoline slicer. We got this one from Amazon and have yet to look back. Getting those sweet potatoes sliced as thin as possible is key to the texture and turn-out of this recipe.
What if I want to keep my sweet potatoes gratin meatless?
I decided to pair sweet Italian sausage with this recipe because it pairs so well with sweet potatoes and already has various Italian spices including thyme which is a key ingredient in a gratin style recipe. This recipe would work well if you choose not to include the Italian sausage depending on your diet and preference. I would just recommend including more of the spices throughout the recipe to ensure maximum flavor. An Italian herb seasoning would be an amazing substitute!
One thing I would not leave out is the spinach. The spinach in this recipe provides additional nutrients (I love sneaking it in for my kids) but also adds freshness to a hearty, comforting meal.
Honestly, this is the perfect make ahead dish and the most fabulous version of all the gratin styles — dare I say that sweet potatoes are better than regular potatoes!? It’s a vibrant twist on the classic potatoes au gratin casserole, exquisite for holiday entertaining and sure to become a seasonal favorite. I know it will easily become a staple in our house!
How can I make this recipe low carb?
This recipe calls for sweet potatoes and unfortunately sweet potatoes have a lot of carbohydrates. One 5-inch sweet potato has about 26 grams of carbohydrates. In a low-carb diet, one sweet potato has half of the calories from carbohydrates that you may be allowed if you are following a low carb or keto diet. That does not mean that this recipe cannot work for you! I would recommend using either zucchini, asparagus, or broccoli to make this a low carb friendly meal.
Can I meal prep sweet potato gratin with Italian sausage and spinach?
You can absolutely meal prep sweet potato gratin with Italian sausage and spinach. In fact, I think the leftovers of this recipe taste even better the next day! Simply divide this recipe into four meal prep containers and you are set for the week!
I hope you enjoy this recipe and comfort of flavors as much as our little tribe has. Be sure to share your recipe @thetastefultribe on Instagram. I can’t wait to see and hear how your version turns out!
Sweet Potato Gratin with Italian Sausage and Spinach
- SFSugar Free
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
- 8 ounces fresh spinach
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, or more to taste
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced with a mandoline.
- 1½ cups Gruyere cheese, shredded
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, plus more to garnish
- Sea salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat; brown Italian sausage, breaking it into pieces as it cooks, about 8 minutes. Add in spinach and season with salt and pepper.
- Combine cream, butter, and garlic in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer; remove from heat and mix in thyme, salt, and pepper.
- Arrange ½ of the sweet potato slices in the prepared baking dish; cover with ½ of the Gruyere cheese and the sausage and spinach mixture. Pour ½ of the cream mixture on top.
- Arrange remaining sweet potato slices on top and pour over the remaining cream mixture. Top with the remaining cheese and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
- Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Set the oven to broil for 2 minutes.
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