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    Recipe for gratin of beef and vegetables

    Sally Pasley Vargas for The Boston Globe

    Serves 4

    Butter (for the dish)
    3slices country bread, made into bread crumbs
    (1½ cups)
    2tablespoons olive oil
    1tablespoon chopped parsley
    2onions, thinly sliced
    Salt and pepper, to taste
    4teaspoons flour
    2cups leftover meat broth
    2cups cooked celery root, carrots, and rutabaga, cut into matchsticks
    2cooked beef shanks, meat cut into slices

    1. Set the oven at 450 degrees. Lightly butter a 2-quart shallow baking dish.

    2. In a small bowl, toss the bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, and parsley together.

    3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the remaining
    1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the
    onions, salt, and pepper. Cook,
    stirring often, for 8 minutes or until they are lightly browned. Stir in
    the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in the broth a little at a time. Bring to a simmer. Stir in the leftover vegetables. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if you like.

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    4. Transfer half the onions and
    vegetables to the baking dish. Add
    a layer of sliced beef. Cover with the remaining vegetables. Spread the bread crumbs on top.

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    5. Bake the gratin for 20 minutes or until the bread crumbs are browned and the gratin is hot.

    Sally Pasley Vargas