Creamy celery gratin

Let celery take centre stage in this delicious side dish. The
wine and stock make an intense sauce,
while the nutty breadcrumbs provide
a satisfying crunch

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:40 mins
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 304
  • fat 24g
  • saturates 11g
  • carbs 17g
  • sugars 3g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 7g
  • salt 0.91g


  • 2 celery heads, trimmed
  • 50g butter
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 50g walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 75ml white wine
  • 250ml vegetable or chicken stock
  • 100ml double cream
  • 25g grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)


Get ahead
You can cook the celery and nutty crumbs a day ahead, then carry on from step 3 on the day.


  1. Cut any thick celery stalks in half, trim all of it into thumb-size lengths, then wash and leave wet. Melt half the butter in a large frying pan, then add the celery, onion and bay leaves. Season, cover, then cook over a medium heat for about 30 mins, stirring occasionally to stop the onions catching.

  2. Meanwhile, prepare the breadcrumbs. Melt the remaining butter in a separate pan, then toss in the crumbs and walnuts, stirring often until lightly golden and toasted. Set aside.

  3. Heat grill to medium. When the celery is tender, turn the heat right up, pour in the wine and stock, then reduce by two-thirds. Pour in the cream, then reduce for a final few mins until you have a syrupy sauce. Check seasoning, tip into an ovenproof dish, then scatter with the breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Grill for 2-3 mins, until the sauce bubbles. Let it sit for 5 mins before serving.

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