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Celery Gratin

Bring this vegetable-bin staple front and center in this creamy gratin -- you'll be surprised with the results.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound celery (8 to 10 large stalks), peeled and thinly sliced crosswise (about 4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 slices white sandwich bread
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix celery, 1/2 cup Parmesan, cream, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper. Divide evenly among four 6-ounce ramekins, packing mixture in firmly. Place ramekins on baking sheet, and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake until celery is tender, 35 to 40 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, tear bread into large pieces, and pulse in food processor until coarse crumbs form. Add remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan, and drizzle with olive oil; pulse just until crumbs are coated with oil, 4 to 6 times.

  3. Step 3

    Remove aluminum foil from ramekins. Dividing evenly, sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over celery. Return to oven and bake, uncovered, until golden, 8 to 10 minutes more. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Source
Everyday Food, March 2006

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