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I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Winter Vegetable Gratin . . .



One turkey, one ham, a pan full of chipolatas, two types of stuffing, swede, carrots, sprouts and parsnips . . . .



A pot of gravy, two bowls of cranberry and a lovely Christmas chutney . . .



Not to mention copious amounts of sparkling grape juice, peartizer, Christmas pudding, Christmas Cake, Eggnogg Cake and Mince Pies . . .



We are sitting here replete and stuffed to the gills . . . the last thing on our minds tonight is food . . .
and yet . . .



There's a lovely bowl of this delicious vegetable gratin sitting in the fridge . . . just waiting for me to pick at . . . if anything this only tastes better for having sat in the fridge overnight.

Seriously.



*Winter Vegetable Gratin*
Serves 6
Printable Recipe

A wonderful combination of winter root vegetables, all roasted together with cream and a buttered cheese and crumb topping. Makes a tasty side dish for that meat lover of yours, or a wonderful vegetarian main! You may use the vegetables I have suggested here, or vary them according to what you have on hand. Sweet potatoes and butternut squash are also very good in this.

8 ounces celeriac, peeled and cut into cubes
1 carrot, peeled and cut into rounds
1 parsnip, peeled and cut into semi circles
1 swede, peeled and cut into chunks
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into cunks
8 ounces light cream
1 fat clove of garlic, crushed
1 tsp dry mustard powder
25g fresh rye or whole wheat bread crumbs
2 TBS freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp marjoram leaves
2 TBS melted butter
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F. Butter a shallow ovenproof dish. Set aside.

Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the vegetables. Cook for 10 minutes, then drain well. Place in a large bowl.

Whisk the cream, garlic and mustard powder together in a saucepan. Heat, stirring constantly, over medium heat, cooking for about 10 minutes, until the mixture is thickened like a cistard, and coats the back of a metal spoon. Remove from the heat and pou rover the vegetables in the bowl. Spread into the prepared baking dish. Season with some salt and pepper.

Mix together the bread crumbs, cheese and marjoram leaves. Sprinkle evenly over top of the vegetables. Drizzle the melted butter on top.

Bake in the heated oven for about 40 minutes, until the crumbs are golden brown and the cream around the edge of the dish has turned a golden brown and is a bit crusty. Remove from the oven and allow to cool somewhat. Serve warm. Delicious!

Tomorrow the leftovers from today's delicious repast . . . for now . . . groan, we relax . . . Oh how wonderful it is to live in the land of plenty . . .

5 comments:

Gloria said...

Merry belated Christmas Marie!! I hope you had a lovey and nice time with Todd, I love gratin dishes Marie and this look awasome, love it, hugsssss, take care and rest a litle, kisses, gloria

La Table De Nana said...

You are the energizer bunny:) Marie..your Stilton crackers w/ cream cheese /mango chutney and a walnut sitting prettily atop .were a hit here Christmas eve..Keepers! Thank you!

Chele said...

Oh how I wish I had known about this recipe when I was getting ready for Christmas. This would have been so much nicer than the soggy winter salad I managed to produce on Christmas Day. It looks wonderful and tasty!

Claire said...

This looks wonderful - as do all of your recipes. I'm going to have to try this very soon.

Debra "Deb" Dresden Disney-Dior said...

Ooh, Marie, you are truly Britain's...okay, Canada's, answer to Martha Stewart. I adore reading your posts and savor every word. I'm always learning something -- always. Today I Goggled "chipolata." Wiki states...Chipolata is a type of fresh sausage, believed to have been created in France. Chipolata's are also eaten a great deal in the United Kingdom. They frequently appear as part of a Christmas dinner wrapped in streaky bacon as pigs in blankets. At first glance I thought you were referring to chipotle. "Duh," said the blonde. I then Goggled "swede." I thought you MAY be referring to a handsome "cooking partner" -- then I thought, "No, Marie is a respectable woman, married to a wonderful man." ::sighing:: You're probably thinking, "Off with her head!" Anyway, I discovered a swede is a rutabaga. Hmmm. I can't say I don't like rutabaga because I've never tasted one. My mother often told,"One can't say they hate something if they haven't tasted it." Sometimes I taste with my eyes. :( Alas, you can't believe everything you see either! All in all, I'm captivated by your cooking techniques, style, charm, wit and warmth. Thank you for all you share. I look forward to reading your blog daily.