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Ask the Czechs about a serious winter meal.

In the winter dishes of traditional Czechoslovakian cuisine, long-lasting roots and fruits from the cellar were often used in a variety of ways within the same menu-with surprisingly distinctive results.

Here, celery root and carrots have dual roles: they're raw and crisp in an appetizer salad, and also cooked to make a sauce for the roast and the dumplings. Apples are sauteed and served with the roast, too.

This Czech meal for 6 starts with a root vegetable slaw and a cottage cheese spread, both to eat on crusty bread. You can munch walnuts, too, or eat them with the cheese. Then settle down to bowls of broth and liver balls, followed by a roast, vegetable sauce, stuffed dumplings, warm apples, and asparagus.

For dessert, a token taste of chocolate to go with coffee and cordial is ample.

Celery Root and Carrot Slaw

Cottage Cheese Spread Walnuts

Sliced Baguette

Liver Balls in Broth

Beef Rib Roast with Apples and Roasted Vegetable Sauce

Crouton Dumplings Hot Asparagus

Dry German, Alsatian, or Domestic

Gewurztraminer

Chocolate Bon Bons

Blackberry Cordial Strong Coffee

A day ahead, you can make the appetizers, the soup, and the crouton dumplings. You can also pare and cut the vegetables for the sauce.

If you prefer to cook the asparagus a few hours ahead, immerse it, when done, in ice water to stop the cooking and preserve the color. Before serving, place it in hot water for a few minutes to warm. While the roast cooks, you can peel and slice the apples and start heating them.

A dry but fruity white wine such as Gewurztraminer is refreshing. If you prefer, choose a dry, smooth red wine such as a mature Barbera or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Celery Root and Carrot Slaw

To eat, mound onto thin slices of baguette or crisp rolls.

1 medium-size carrot, peeled and finely shredded

1 celery root (about 1/2 lb., or 1 piece), scrubbed, peeled, and finely shredded

1/4 cup sour cream or unflavored yogurt

Salt and pepper

2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice

Thin lemon slice (optional)

Mix together carrot, celery root, and sour cream, and add salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste. If made ahead, cover and chill up until the next day. Serve in a small bowl, garnished with lemon slice. Makes 3 cups, 6 servings.

Per serving: 38 cal.; 0.9 g protein; 4.6 g carbo.; 2.1 g fat; 4.2 mg chol.; 42 mg sodium.

Cottage Cheese Spread

Spread cheese mixture onto thin slices of baguettes or crisp rolls. Sprinkle walnut halves or pieces onto cheese.

1 1/2 cups small-curd cottage cheese

1/2 teaspoon paprika

Salt

In a blender or food processor, whirl cottage cheese and paprika until smooth; add salt to taste. Spoon cheese into a small bowl; if made ahead, cover and chill up until next day. Makes 1 1/2 cups, 6 servings.

Per tablespoon: 14 cal; 1.6 g protein; 0.4 g carbo.; 0.6 g fat; 1.9 mg chol.; 53 mg sodium.

Liver Balls in Broth

1/4 pound beef liver, rinsed and patted dry

1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

1 large egg

1 tablespoon milk or water

1 tablespoon melted butter or margarine

1 clove garlic, minced or pressed

2 tablespoons minced parsley

1/2 teaspoon dry marjoram leaves

1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

6 cups regular-strength beef broth

Trim membrane and tubes from liver and discard. Cut liver into chunks and put in a food processor or blender with bread crumbs, egg, milk, butter, garlic, 1 tablespoon parsley, marjoram, salt, and pepper; whirl until smoothly pureed, then set aside (or cover and chill until next day).

In a 4- to 5-quart pan, bring broth to a boil over high heat. Quickly spoon liver mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, into boiling broth. Cover pan, reduce heat to simmering, and cook until balls are firm in the center (make a small cut to test), about 5 minutes. Serve, or keep warm over lowest heat up to 2 hours. If made ahead, let cool, cover, and chill; reheat until simmering.

Ladle broth and liver balls into 6 soup bowls; sprinkle the remaining parsley on top. Makes 6 servings.

Per serving: 111 cal.; 6.4 g protein; 10 g carbo.; 4.7 g fat; 119 mg chol.; 203 mg sodium.

Beef Rib Roast with Apples and Roasted Vegetable Sauce

1 boned and tied beef rib roast, 31/2 to 4 pounds

1 medium-size carrot, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 celery root (3/4 lb., or 1 piece), scrubbed, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 medium-size parsnip, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 medium-size onion, peeled and chopped

3 each black peppercorns and whole allpice

2 bayleaves

2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine

1 1/2 cups regular-strength beef broth

1 cup whipping cream

Warm apple slices (recipe follows)

Parsley sprigs

Salt and pepper

Wipe meat with a damp paper towel. In a 12- by 15-inch shallow pan, set roast with fat side up. Insert a meat thermometer in thickest part of roast. Put carrot, celery root, parsnip, onion, peppercorns, allspice, and bay leaves in pan around meat. Drizzle butter over vegetables.

Bake in a 350[deg] oven until thermometer reads 130[deg] for rare, 140[deg] for medium, to 2 1/4 hours. As meat cooks, stir vegetables several times with a wide spatula. Set meat on a platter; keep warm.

With a slotted spoon, quickly transfer vegetables to a blender or food processer, discarding bay leaf. Spoon off and discard fat from pan drippings, then pour drippings in with vegetables. Whirl until smoothly pureed, adding broth. Scrape back into pan, add cream, and stir over medium-high heat until steaming. Pour into a serving bowl; keep warm.

Spoon apples into a serving dish, or present with meat and garnish with parsley.

Slice roast and accompany with vegetable sauce and apples. Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes 6 to 8 servings.-Kristina Klee, Sacramento.

Per serving: 663 cal.; 34 g protein; 9 g carbo.; 54 g fat; 163 mg chol.; 173 mg sodium.

Warm apple slices. Peel, core, and slice 5 medium-size (about 2 lb. total) tart apples such as Newtown Pippin. In a 12-inch frying pan or 4- to 5-quart pan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter or margarine. Add apples, 1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Cook apples until tender when pierced, about 10 minutes. Turn heat to high; frequently turn fruit with a spatula until tinged golden brown, about 3 minutes. If made ahead, keep warm up to 30 minutes.

Per serving: 116 cal; 0.2 g protein; 21 g carbo.; 4.3 g fat; 10 mg chol.; 40 mg sodium.

Crouton Dumplings

In a 6- to 7-inch frying pan over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter or margarine. Add 3/4 cup seasoned croutons. Stir often until croutons begin to brown, about 5 minutes; let cool. If made ahead, cover and store up until next day.

In a large bowl, mix together 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour and 2 teaspoons baking powder. With your fingers, rub in 1/4 cup (1/8 lb.) butter or margarine until mealy. Using a fork, stir in 1/2 cup water and 1 large egg until evenly moistened.

In bowl, cut through dough to divide into 6 equal pieces. Spoon a portion of dough into your lightly floured hand; spoon 1/6 of the croutons onto center of dough. With floured fingers, pull dough up and over croutons to cover completely; set stuffed dumpling on a floured surface. Repeat to shape remaining dumplings.

In a 5- to 6-quart pan, bring 3 to 3 1/2 quarts water to boiling over high heat. Add 3 dumplings to water at a time. Cook, uncovered, at a gentle boil until dumplings feel firm when lightly touched and look dry around croutons (make a tiny cut to test), about 8 minutes; turn after 4 minutes. Lift dumplings from water with a slotted spoon and set on a rack to drain; keep warm. Repeat to cook remaining dumplings (to speed process, you can cook in 2 pans at once). If made ahead, let dumplings cool, then cover and chill up until next day. To reheat in a microwave oven, arrange in a single layer on a nonmetal plate, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and cook on full power (100 percent) until hot in center, about 3 minutes. Or set on a rack in a deep pan over about 1 inch boiling water; cover and steam until hot in center, about 6 minutes. Makes 6 servings.

Per serving: 274 cal.; 5.5 g protein; 31 g carbo.; 14 g fat; 77 mg chol.; 358 mg sodium.
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