Active Time
1 HR 15 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 40 MIN
Yield
Serves : 8

Paris-based chef Daniel Rose gives his vegetable gratin maximum flavor by adding rich duck confit (instead of bacon or sausage). Slideshow: More Celery Root Recipes

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a small bowl, combine the raisins with water to cover by 2 inches and let stand for 1 hour. Drain.


Step 2    

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425°. Brush a 3-quart shallow baking dish 
with butter.


Step 3    

In a large saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the celery root until tender, about 
15 minutes. Drain well. In a food processor, puree half of the celery with the cream, 
egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of the butter until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Scrape the mixture into a large bowl and stir in the remaining celery root.


Step 4    

In a large skillet, melt the remaining 
2 tablespoons of butter. Add the pears and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 3 minutes. Fold into the celery root. 


Step 5    

In a medium bowl, combine the duck confit with the orange zest, cinnamon and 3 tablespoons of the raisins. Spread the duck in the prepared dish and spoon the celery root mixture evenly over it. Bake 
for about 15 minutes, until heated through; remove the dish from the oven. Position 
a rack in the oven 8 inches from the heat and preheat the broiler on high. Broil the gratin for about 5 minutes, until golden. Top with the remaining 1 tablespoon of raisins and serve warm.


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