Celery and Stilton au Gratin

This can be served either as an accompanying vegetable, or I actually think it is nice enough to serve as a vegetarian main course with some nutty brown rice.

Serves 2

This recipe is from A Year in My Kitchen

Celery and Stilton au Gratin
 8 oz (225g) celery stalks
 2 oz (50g) Stilton
 2 heaped tablespoons half-fat crème fraiche
 2 heaped tablespoon breadcrumbs
 1 dessertspoon butter, melted
 Celery salt
 Salt and freshly milled black pepper
 Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6, 400F, 200C.

You will also need a small gratin dish, 6 ins (15 cm) square or similar, lightly buttered



Start off by trimming the celery stalks and cutting them into 5-6 inch (13-15cm) lengths so they fit snugly into the gratin dish.

Then peel them to get rid of the stringy bits, pop them into a steamer and steam for just 7 minutes.

Now arrange the celery over the base of the gratin dish and season with salt and pepper.

Crumble the Stilton all over the celery, tucking it into any gaps as well, then spoon the crème fraiche over, using a spatula to spread it evenly all over the surface.

Finally toss the breadcrumbs in the melted butter then sprinkle them evenly over the top and give them a light sprinkling of celery salt.

Then transfer the dish to the centre of the pre-heated oven and cook for 25 minutes until the top has browned nicely and the celery stalks are tender.

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