Here it is, the jewel of your holiday table… Apple Celery Root Gratin.
The term “gratin” or “au gratin” meaning covered in breadcrumbs, is usually associated with creamy layers of potatoes and cheese with a generous dusting of crisp crumbs on top. This version, meant to dazzle your holiday guests, consists of paper-thin layers of vibrant celery root and perky Honey Crisp apples.
I just adore celery root. When it’s available in the fall and winter, I just can’t get enough of it. It has a pungent celery-like flavor, without the stringy consistency of the stalks. Celery root has the texture of a turnip or potato, making it perfect for soups, purees and for roasting. Simply peel off the rough exterior and prepare like any other root vegetable.
Because of its mild bitter essence, paring celery root with something sweet, like apple, complements the flavor bringing out its best attributes.
For this Apple Celery Root Gratin Recipe, I wanted to shave the apples and celery root into paper thin slices to bring an elegant quality to this otherwise rustic dish. I could have used a veggie peeler to do this, but just imagine the time it would take to shave 3 large apples and 3 large roots! Fortunately, I was able to fasten my Slicer/Shredder Attachment onto my KitchenAid Stand Mixer and slice them ultra thin in less than a minute.
To further accentuate the apples and celery root, this gratin recipe is layered with spiced cream, shredded Gouda, and topped with crisp bacon and panko bread crumbs. This apple celery root gratin is shear veggie heaven!
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