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Gateau de Crepe a la Florentine

by Sally Bernstein

Serves 10

Mornay Sauce: (makes 3 cups)
4 Tbsp. butter
5 Tbsp. flour
2 cups boiling milk
¾ cup vermouth
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. white pepper
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
¼ cup heavy cream
1 cup grated Swiss cheese (divided)

Melt butter and stir in flour; cook 1 minute without browning.  Stir in the boiling milk, vermouth and seasonings.  Boil 1 minute.  Reduce to a simmer and stir in the cream, a little at a time.  Remove the sauce from the heat.  Stir in ¾ cup of the cheese.


Spinach Filling:
3 boxes frozen spinach, chopped (10 oz. each)
2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. minced shallots
¼  tsp. salt
dash pepper
dash nutmeg

Blanch spinach in boiling water to thaw.  Melt the butter, sauté shallots.  Add drained spinach and seasonings and stir over moderately high heat for 2 minutes to evaporate the moisture.  Stir in ½ cup Mornay sauce.  Simmer slowly for 8-10 minutes.


Mushroom Filling:
8 oz. cream cheese
salt & pepper
1 egg
1 Tbsp. butter
¼  lb. minced mushrooms
1 Tbsp. minced shallots

In a mixing bowl, stir the cream, seasonings and egg.  Stir in ½ cup Mornay sauce.  Heat the butter, sauté mushrooms and shallots for 5 minutes.  Stir them into cheese mixture.


Ham Filling:
½ lb. cooked ham, finely chopped
¼ cup chopped parsley
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Combine the 3 ingredients and stir in ½ cup Mornay sauce.


To assemble:

Charlotte mold
12 crepes

remaining Mornay sauce
4 Tbsp. grated Swiss cheese
4 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Butter the bottom and sides of the Charlotte mold.  Put 1 crepe at the bottom and folded crepes on the sides. Layer the fillings and crepes, alternating each until used, with a crepe on top.  Cover with parchment paper.

Bake in a bain-marie—put Charlotte mold in a pan of water—and bake in a 475 degrees oven for 25-30 minutes.  Invert to unmold.  Put the remaining Mornay sauce over the top and sprinkle the two cheeses on top.


© Sally Bernstein, 2005

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