Potato, Celery Root & Pear Gratin

INGREDIENTS:

  • Olive oil cooking spray

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 leek, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 12-oz can evaporated milk

  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves

  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 celery root (about 1 1/2 lb), peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick

  • 2 yellow-fleshed potatoes (about 1/2 lb each), peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick

  • 2 firm ripe pears (about 1/2 lb each), peeled, cored, and sliced crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick rounds

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat oven to 375Β°F. Mist an 8 x 10-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. In a medium saucepan on medium, heat oil; add leeks and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in milk, thyme, nutmeg, salt and pepper, and bring to a boil (still on medium). Remove from heat.

  3. Reserving most of milk mixture, line base of dish with leeks using a slotted spoon. Arrange alternating slices of celery root, potatoes and pears, starting with edges of dish then filling center with slices to fit.

  4. Pour milk mixture evenly over top. Loosely cover with foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove cover, sprinkle with cheese and continue baking until tender and golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes more. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.