Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins
I saw Melissa make these on the Next Food Network Star show and wanted to try these for my family. Quicker baking time with the smaller portions. NOTE: I layered the potatoes, cheese, seasonings and onion several times and cooked it closer to an hour in my oven.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spray 8 muffin tins with vegetable spray.
- Layer potato slices, cheese, and onions into each muffin cup.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Top each gratin with 1 or 2 tablespoons of heavy cream.
- Cover with foil.
- Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, removing the foil halfway through cooking time. Invert gratins onto plate and serve.
copy and pasted review from the Food Network website...putting it here for easy reference for me when I get ready to try this out!....."I've made this five or six times now and love it! The best variation I've tried so far is to dice finely one-half of a large Jalapeno and let it steep in the cream over the heat. Then strain the jalapeno flavored cream over the potatoes and sprinkle the Jalapeno bits on top. Be sure to do at least four layers of thinly sliced potatoes (two or three potatoes per layer and Mexican-blend cheese and overfill the tins slightly because it all compacts during cooking. I've also tried it with thyme-infused cream and other times I've used smoked cheddar, spicy jack, and gruyere cheeses. They were all great! These freeze and reheat nicely, by the way!"
It's a good idea in theory. They're quite easy, so long as you choose potatoes that are the same size as the muffin tin--otherwise it's a job to fit them in right. But next time I would not use raw potatoes, although I usually prefer them. I had to cook them for an hour to cook the potatoes through, and that meant the cheese and onions were scorched. They still get four stars on flavor alone. With pre-cooked potatoes, this recipe would probably be perfect.
This recipe makes a nice presentation, if you feel like your potatoes are boring. I 'shaved' my potato, making the slices as thin as chips. I used a jumbo muffin pan, and filled all 6, making approximately 3-4 layers of potatoes, with cheese sprinkled in between the layers. Hard to believe there is no butter in this recipe. I was pleasantly surprised with how well these turned out. Tasty and crispy, they were devoured! When I want to impress my guests, I will pull out this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing, diner!