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Carrot Gratin Recipe
 
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Carrot Gratin
Flavors of Finland
Total time: more than 2 hours

Prep. time: 40 minutes
Cooking time for the carrots: 20 minutes
Total cooking time for the gratin: 90 minutes
Oven temperature: 180° C (350° F)

 
Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note
Gratins, dishes baked until they have a deliciously browned surface, are a special part of the Finnish Christmas meal. Moreover, they are extremely practical for the cook since they can be made ahead of time; in fact their flavour improves when they are reheated.

Tip: keeps well in a cool place for two to three days

Ingredients
Dor 10 servings

- 200 ml (3/4 cup) rice
- 400 ml (1 1/2 cups) water
- 120 ml (1/2 cup) milk
- 3 tsp. salt
- 1.5 kg (3 lb.) carrots
- 200 ml (3/4 cup) milk or milk and cream
- 50 g (3 tbsp.) butter
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp. grated nutmeg
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. salt

For gratiné
- Butter and breadcrumbs
Method
  1. Bring the water and 120 ml of milk to a boil and add the rice; cook until the mixture begins to thicken slightly;
  2. peel and grate the carrots;
  3. add the grated carrots, 200 ml of milk, melted butter, eggs and seasonings to the rice;
  4. pour the mixture into a buttered baking dish; sprinkle with the bread crumbs and dot with butter. Bake in a preheated 180° C (350° F) oven until nicely browned on top, about 70 minutes.
 
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