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Gratin of Carrots & Root Vegetables


Prep & cook time 1 hour 15 mins-1 hour 30 mins: Serves 4:

Ingredients

500g Waxy potatoes, sliced wafer thin

1 Small Parsnip, sliced wafer thin

3 Plump Garlic Cloves, sliced wafer thin

1 tbsp fresh Parsley, chopped

284ml Double Cream

150ml Full Fat Milk

350g Carrots, sliced wafer thin

50g Parmesan Cheese, grated


Method

1/ Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C and butter a shallow ovenproof dish. Layer the potatoes, then the parsnip in the bottom of the dish with two of the sliced garlic cloves and sprinkle over a little salt and half the rosemary. It’s best to keep the potatoes buried under the other vegetables because they go black if they are on top of the gratin. 2/ Pour the cream and milk into a large saucepan, add the rest of the rosemary and garlic, the carrots and a little seasoning. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat to the lowest it will go and simmer for 3 minutes. 3/ Pour the carrots and cream over the other vegetables, and spread the carrots out. Sprinkle over the parmesan, cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake a further 20 minutes until golden and bubbly.

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I have a very similar dish that works with substantially shorter baking times... useful in times of high electricity costs:

Rather that fully "cooking" my potatoes and root veg in the oven, I blast for 4 min in the microwave (spread out on dinner plate, sprinkle a little water on top). They should not be fully soft, so that they can be arranged in the dish as required, but typically I need just 15-20 min bubbling with cheese for a fully baked dinner.

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