Golden Gratin of Carrots, Rutabagas & Turnips with Sage

Golden Gratin of Carrots, Rutabagas & Turnips with Sage
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4-6
 

Ingredients
  • Butter for the dish
  • Bechamel Sauce:
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 Tbsp. onion, finely minced
  • 2 sprigs of sage, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Grated nutmeg
  • 1 large rutabaga, peeled & cut into julienne strips
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 large or 2 small turnips, peeled & julienned
  • 2 large carrots, julienned
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees & lightly butter a 2 quart gratin dish.
  2. Make the béchamel: in a saucepan, slowly heat milk with the onion, sage, & garlic. When it reaches a boil, turn off the heat. In another saucepan, melt butter & stir in flour & cook for a minute.
  3. Whisk in the contents of the hot milk pan.
  4. Cook until thickened & either turn heat way down & stir continuously for about 10 minutes, or transfer to a double boiler & cook for about 20 minutes.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, & nutmeg.
  6. Meanwhile, boil julienned rutabaga in salted water for about 2 minutes & drain.
  7. Cook the onion in butter in a small skillet until starting to brown & combine with the rest of the vegetables. Season with salt & pepper & transfer to gratin dish.
  8. Pour béchamel over the top, cover with bread crumbs, & bake until bubbling & golden on top, about 45 minutes.