Swede and Bacon Gratin

Swede is often ignored for recipes and just served on the side mashed, either on its own or with carrot. But let me share this delicious main course recipe, which I served with crusty homemade bread and salad. And it is very good value too, since swede is so reasonably priced.

swede and bacon gratin

Swede and Bacon Gratin

Ingredients (serves 2)

350g swede
2 cloves of garlic
300ml milk
30g margarine
2tbsp plain flour
Salt and pepper
3 rashers smoked bacon
A handful of grated cheddar cheese

Method

Peel the swede and dice into approx 1-2cm pieces.
Peel the garlic and push through a garlic press or finely chop.
Put the diced swede into a bowl and cover with boiling water for 10 minutes.
Grill the bacon until crisp and cut into small pieces.
Drain the swede and put into a saucepan with the milk and garlic.
Bring to the boil and cook over a fairly gentle heat for about 10 minutes until tender.
Lift the swede out of the milk with a slotted spoon and place in an ovenproof dish with the bacon.
Leave the garlic in the saucepan.
Whisk the margarine and flour into the milk. Whisk it quite vigorously to avoid lumps, and bring back to the boil to thicken.
Season with salt and pepper.
Pour the sauce over the swede and bacon.
Mix around to coat everything with the sauce, then top with the grated cheese.
Cook in a preheated oven at 200 degrees centigrade, 180 fan for 20 to 30 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and starting to brown.
Serve and enjoy.

Could be served as a side dish either. For vegetarians, substitute the bacon with onion.

I originally posted this recipe on Gourmandize.

I’d love to hear your ideas for recipes using swede? It is such a reasonably priced vegetable, but so often over-looked.

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