Sue Lawrence's Potato & Juniper Gratin
side main veg
500g large potatoes, peeled
500g parsnips, peeled
300ml double cream
20-24 juniper berries
1 tsp salt and some freshly ground black pepper
Butter for buttering baking dish
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
Slice the vegetables very thinly indeed (Sue uses the slicing blade of her food processor.
then place them in a heavy pan with the cream, milk and salt.
Crush the juniper berries (with a pestle and mortar, or the back of a knife) and sprinkle them in.
Season with salt and pepper.
Bring slowly to the boil, then simmer gently for 2 minutes,
stirring carefully to prevent sticking - but not vigorously enough to break up the vegetables.
Tip into a buttered, shallow gratin dish, dot with butter, and bake in the pre-heated oven
for about 1 hour or until the vegetables are tender and the top tinged golden brown.
Serve very warm with venison or game sausages.
You can cook this a few hours in advance, then cover it with foil and re-heat in a medium oven (180°C/350°F/Gas 4)
for about 30 minutes or until piping hot.
Jerusalem Artichoke Gratin
side main veg vegan
Jerusalem Artichokes, par-boiled, sliced
New potatoes, par-boiled, sliced
Chestnuts, boiled, peeled, sliced
Celery sticks, sliced
salt & pepper
Put the unpeeled artichokes, unpeeled potatoes in a pot barely covered with hot water, simmer.
Cut crosses in the flat side of the chestnuts, add them to the pot.
Simmer for 5 minutes until just beginning to soften.
Cover the bottom of a casserole dish with olive oil, slice the potatoes, the artichokes, the celery.
Thinly slice the chestnuts, pare the lemon peel.
Starting and finishing with potato, fill the casserole with layers of potato, celery, chestnut,
lemon peel, salt, freshly ground pepper, drizzle of olive oil, artichoke.
Squeeze the lemon and pour over the juice.
Cover and bake in a 200°C oven for 1 hour
side main veg
I'd been wondering what ingredients might work in a gratin,
so I basically threw everything I had in the pantry into a gratin dish to see what would stick.
It seems to be quite hard to go terribly wrong, though getting it particularly right is a different matter.
I had high hopes for the avocado, but it wasn't quite as good as I'd anticipated.
- single cream
- red onion
Chop the chilli finely.
Chop the parsley.
Slice everything else about the thickness of a pound coin (perhaps a bit thinner for the onion).
Put everything in a large pan together with the milk and cream, and bring to the boil. Season.
Sprinkle in the parsley.
Decant into a casserole dish.
Put uncovered into an oven preheated to Gas Mark 5-6 for about an hour.