(serving size: 1 slice)
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Heat the cream, garlic, and thyme sprig in a medium saucepan until bubbles begin to form around the edge of pan. Remove the pan from heat; set aside to steep.
Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks, season with salt and cook, stirring often, until they are tender (do not brown), 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
Butter a 3 quart gratin dish (or any casserole) with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Layer 1/3 of potato slices and 1/3 of the celery root slices evenly over the bottom of the baking dish. Cover with 1/3 of the leeks, then 1/3 of the Gruyere cheese. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves. Repeat layers twice more.
Strain the cream mixture into a pitcher and pour it over the vegetables.
Set the gratin dish on a large rimmed baking sheet and cover tightly with foil. Bake for 1 hour.
Carefully remove the foil and continue baking until the top is golden brown and the sauce is bubbling, 25-30 minutes.
NOTE: This can be made two hours ahead. Let it stand at room temperature. To serve, tent it with foil and reheat in a 300 degree oven until it is hot, about 20 minutes.
From Carnegie Hill CSA Judi Katz-Schwartz, Yoo Mi Thompson