zaterdag 24 januari 2009

Cauliflower and Brussels Sprout Gratin with Pine Nut-Breadcrumb Topping

1 1/2 pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed, quartered lengthwise through core
1 1 1/2-to 1 3/4-pound head of cauliflower, trimmed, cut into small florets
2 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup chopped shallots
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
11/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
1/2 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
3 cups grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Fill large bowl with ice and cold water.
Cook brussels sprouts in large pot of generously salted boiling water 2 minutes.
Add cauliflower to same pot; cook until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes longer. Drain. Transfer vegetables to bowl of ice water to cool. Drain well.
Combine cream, shallots, and sage in large saucepan. Bring to boil.
Reduce heat; simmer until mixture is reduced to 21/2 cups, about 10 minutes.
Season with salt. Remove from heat. Cool slightly.
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
Add breadcrumbs; stir until beginning to brown, about 2 minutes.
Transfer to bowl; cool.
Stir in pine nuts and parsley.
Season with salt and pepper.
Butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish; arrange half of vegetables in dish.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then 1 1/2 cups Parmesan.
Arrange remaining vegetables evenly over, then sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 cups Parmesan. Pour cream mixture evenly over.
DO AHEAD: Breadcrumb topping and gratin can be made 1 day ahead.
Cover separately and chill. Bring to room temperature before continuing.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Cover gratin with foil.
Bake covered 40 minutes.
Uncover; sprinkle breadcrumb topping over and bake uncovered 15 minutes longer.

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