Apple Onion Cheese Gratin


  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 4 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese, grated, or Gruyere
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup bread crumbs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil an 11 x 7-inch baking dish.

In a small pot, scald the milk, brining it almost but not quite to a boil. In another small pot, melt the butter and whisk in the flour. Slowly add the scalded milk, whisking continuously until the sauce starts to thicken. Add the nutmeg, salt, and cloves and stir for about a minute, until thick. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Spread the apples and onions evenly in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle on the grated cheese and pour the sauce over the top. Scatter on the walnuts and bread crumbs.

Bake uncovered for 45 minutes, until the top is golden and crisp.

(Serves 4)

I liked this dish but if I make it again I would use something with more milk fat than non-fat milk. I also would skip the bread crumbs. I only put 1/2 a cup on the dish and that was still too much. i might try mixing in some potatoes in with the apples and onions.

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