I cannot believe Thanksgiving is next week. Where did the time go? I am knee deep in menu planning, and between you and me, I am having a hard time deciding on final dishes. You see, my problem is that I love the sides even more than dessert or the turkey. I could pile my plate a mile high with sides and gravy and be one happy gal. This recipe for Potato and Celeriac Root Dauphinoise is no exception and is my new favorite potato dish.
I may be indecisive about which sides to serve, but, I have the wine figured out. We will start the evening with a cheese plate, oysters and a the Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Sauvignon Blanc. Moving on to the main course I will serve my new favorite red wine, the Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Petite Sirah. When I begin working on new recipes for Thanksgiving and particularly one that would pair well with the turkey and potatoes, I immediately grabbed the Petite Sirah. I wasn’t disappointed upon the first sip or the last. This bottle of wine only gets better the longer it is open, so I suggest opening at least 30 minutes before serving. The wine is smooth and loaded with jammy fruits such as blackberries and plums with a smokey finish. Not heavy like a Cabernet tends to be. Instead it is perfectly balanced and goes incredibly well with turkey and creaminess of this Potato and Celeriac Root Dauphinoise.
When I menu plan for the holidays I tended to go a bit on the wild side. Then one year it was mentioned to me ever so politely that it would be nice to have traditional dishes. While tradition is nice, and I appreciate it, I also enjoy mixing it up a bit. This recipe does exactly that. It is creamy and rich as a potato dish should be, but the celeriac root adds a bit of brightness to the recipe; just enough to get your tastebuds excited and to make you wonder for a moment. Traditionally speaking a Dauphinoise does not use parmesan nor panko bread crumbs. I have to say this is a great touch as it adds extra flavor and texture. It is the perfect side dish to serve during your Thanksgiving Feast.
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