Cooking Up My Bookmarks: Root Vegetable Gratin


Mmm. Just goodness. Just before eating this we found out that Francois Hollande had won the French Presidency. The first Socialist President in about 2 decades. We didn’t mean to have a French-named dish, but we did. So I guess we had a gratin in dedication to Monsieur Hollande, but…we didn’t really. IT WAS ALMOST LIKE FATE.

Again, as part of my mission to cook my bookmarks, I’ve made this recipe. It was really great, with leeks, onions and sweet potatoes. Made in a cheesy, creamy sauce and then topped with breadcrumbs (and a bit more cheese). Baked. Great stuff.

Honestly, this bookmarks mission is really getting me to shake up my cooking routine, I was getting into a bit of a rut.

Ingredients-serves 5, adapted from this.

-1 leek, sliced into rings

-2 red onions, chopped into big chunks

-1 clove of garlic-chopped

-1 sweet potato sliced REALLY FINELY into rings.

-1 tbsp butter

-1 tsp salt

-3 tsp dried rosemary

-lots of black pepper.

-1/3 cup white wine

-3/4 cup of milk

-1/2 cup + 1/4 cup of grated gruyere cheese separated (or whatever cheese you have)

-100g breadcrumbs

Method

-Preheat oven to gas mark 6/200c. Grease a baking dish, or individual ramekins.

-Melt the butter in a large sauce pan, and add the onions, leek, potato slices and garlic, add the seasoning too. If the mixture seems a bit dry, you might need to add a bit of olive oil.

-Add the white wine, and cover the sauce pan with a lid and cook on a medium heat for 10-15 minutes.

-Once the vegetables have softened, add the milk and 1/2 cup of cheese and stir.

-Once the cheese has melted and the mixture starts to bubble, spoon the mixture into the baking dish(es).

-Top with the breadcrumbs and the remaining cheese, and add some more pepper. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until the top has browned off.

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