Horseradish Recipes: Leek and Celery Root Gratin with Horseradish

| February/March 2011

Three root vegetables are combined here to make a simple dish. The earthy flavor of celery root goes well with the sweetness of leeks. If you don’t have celery root, try a sliced fennel bulb in its place. The horseradish remains quietly pungent, but its heat disappears when it is cooked. I like this dish well enough to make a meal of it, accompanied by rye bread, radishes, pickled onions and some aged cheese. It is excellent with roast duck or game birds, as well as with roast chicken and beef. This recipe is excerpted from The Onion Book (Interweave, 1996) by Carolyn Dille and Susan Belsinger. SERBES 4 TO 6

• 2 pounds leeks
• 1 pound celery root
• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
• 11⁄2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
• Salt and freshly ground pepper
• 1 cup stale bread, cut into 1⁄4-inch dice
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1⁄2 cup whipping cream
• 2 to 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish or 11⁄2 to 2 tablespoons freshly grated horseradish

1. Clean and trim leeks; cut them in half lengthwise. Rinse well and pat them dry. Slice them crosswise 1⁄4-inch thick.

2. Peel celery root, cut it into eighths lengthwise, and slice the wedges crosswise 1⁄4-inch thick.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 11⁄2- to 2-quart gratin dish.

4. Heat butter and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat and add celery root. Cook and stir for about 4 minutes. Add leeks and cook and stir for about 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and transfer the sautéed vegetables to the gratin dish.

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