Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Earth Casserole

This is a delicious cold weather dish, but I'm posting it in July for all my fellow UK residents in commiseration over our autumnal weather!  [serves 6-8 people]

Saute in a tablespoon of olive oil:
  • one leek, quartered lengthwise and sliced 
  • two medium red onions, diced
  • one bunch of green salad onions, chopped
  • four garlic cloves, crushed
  • one red bell pepper, diced 
  • 1 TBS each of dried thyme and oregano
After five minutes, add a 690g jar of passata (thick pureed tomatoes).  Cook for ten minutes, then remove from heat and salt and pepper well. 
  • One whole, medium-large celeriac: peel and chop into 1" cubes
  • Five medium red potatoes, cleaned and cubed  
  • Four medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped  
Lightly steam all veggies for about fifteen minutes.  Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper in a large baking pan.  Stir in a pot of ricotta or goat's milk cheese.  Pour tomato sauce mixture over cheesy veggies, and top with freshly grated parmesan or cheddar cheese.  Bake 180C/350F/gas mark 4 for an hour.

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