For the cabbage, preheat oven to 325°. Put cloves, peppercorns and broken-up bay leaf in a cheesecloth bag or a tea infuser and place in a large Dutch oven with remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and then immediately place in oven. Braise covered, stirring occasionally for about 2 ½ hours or until cabbage is tender.
For the gratin, heat to lukewarm the milk and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and sprinkle with yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes to proof yeast, then remove cinnamon stick. Add mixture to a blender with butter, flour, eggs, sugar and salt and blend until well combined. Place apples and celery root in a large mixing bowl and pour in blended ingredients. Toss until well coated. In a 9- by 13-inch baking dish, arrange the sliced apples and celery root in overlapping layers so they lie flat and pour in remaining liquid mixture to cover. Place in a warm spot to rest for 30 minutes while preheating the oven to 350°.
Bake for 1–1 ½ hours or until the custard sets and is golden brown. It should be firm when you give it a light shake. If it still looks loose in the center, return to oven for a few more minutes.
For serving, heat oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook sausage until nicely browned. To serve, divide sausages among 4 large, warm plates with portions of cabbage and custard gratin.
About this recipe
Wine Pairing: 2012 Hendry HRW Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, California. This wine is from one of the great family-owned properties that I visit every year in Napa. While having a lighter body, it has lots of structure and flavor on the palate. It’s full of allspice and smokiness notes that come from some time in oak, while at the same time displaying beautiful red berry and plum notes—a yin and yang. The synergy between the wine and this dish will work beautifully.
—Jessica Granatiero, The Savory Grape, East Greenwich
Recipe by Chef/Owner Matthew Gennuso, Chez Pascal & The Wurst Kitchen, Providence