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Five-a-day Gratin

December 1, 2012 Mark Willis, Recipes No Comments


Have you got lots of nice Parsnips at present?

Have you got a Butternut Squash “just hanging around”?

One of those drop-dead ugly Celeriac thingies?

And you must have a few onions and potatoes somewhere, surely…?


Well, why don’t you have a go at making this delicious and hugely-satisfying multi-vegetable gratin?



Here’s the recipe:-     

 Five-a-day Gratin   (serves 2)

Ingredients. (NB: quantities are not critical. Use as much veg as you think you are likely to eat!)

  • Half a Celeriac
  • Half a Butternut Squash
  • Two small Turnips
  • Two small Parsnips
  • Two medium-sized Onions
  • Three medium-sized Potatoes
  • Two cloves of Garlic
  • One 240ml tub of cream (or cream-substitute such as Elmlea Light)
  • 25g Butter



  • Peel the veg and slice them thinly
  • Crush the garlic into a large mixing-bowl, add the cream and plenty of black pepper (+ salt if desired)
  • Add the veg and mix thoroughly in order to coat it all with the seasoned cream
  • Tip ingredients into a deep oven-proof dish, and press down firmly
  • Add a layer of sliced potato, and dot it with small knobs of butter
  • Bake in the oven at 160C for about an hour, or until the veg is tender
  • If the top layer of potato has not gone a golden-brown colour by now, put the oven up to maximum temperature for a few minutes (watching carefully- don’t let it burn!)
  • Serve


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