Gratin of Celery Root, Duck Confit and Pears

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 

Active Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins


  • 1/4 cup raisins

  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, plus more for brushing

  • 1 large celery root (3 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 4 Bosc pears (2 pounds)—peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 4 confit duck legs, skin discarded and meat shredded

  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

  • Pinch of ground cinnamon


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

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

  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.

  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.

  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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