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Tracy K's Note:
I like to call this decadent dish "Yummy Potatoes of Death" because it is TO DIE FOR and it is also chock full of fat and calories. Note: You can sub half-and-half for all or part of the cream, or use half broth and half cream for a lighter dish. But it's worth the splurge once a year or on a special occasion! You can use half sweet potatoes and half regular potatoes for a great Thanksgiving side dish, just layer the potatoes in the baking dish (alternating regular and sweet) and pour the hot cream mixture over the top. Source: Fine Cooking
My Private Note
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- 2 lbs yukon gold potatoes or 2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled
- 3 cups whipping cream or 3 cups heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
- 3/4 cup finely shredded gruyere cheese or 3/4 cup emmenthaler cheese or 3/4 cup comte cheese
- 1Heat the oven to 400°F.
- 2Using a very sharp knife, a mandoline, or th slicing blade on a food processor, cut the potatoes into uniform 1/8-inch slices (no thicker).
- 3Put the potatoes in a large heavy-based saucepan and add the cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and garlic.
- 4Cook the mixture over medium-high heat until the cream boils, stirring occasionally (very gently with a rubber spatula so you don't break up the slices).
- 5When the cream boils, pour the mixture into a 2 1/2- or 3-qt.
- 6baking dish.
- 7If you don't want a tender but garlicky surprise mouthful, remove and discard the garlic cloves (I leave them in, they're delicious!).
- 8Shake the dish to let the slices settle and then sprinkle the cheese on top.
- 9Bake until the top is deep golden brown, the cream has thickened and bubbled, and the potatoes are extremely tender when pierced with a knife, about 40 min.
- 10Don't worry if the dish looks too liquidy at this point; it will set up as it cools a bit.
- 11Before serving, let the potatoes cool until they're very warm but not hot (at least 15 min.) or serve them at room temperature.
- 12Note: This is also great for breakfast, barely re-warmed in the microwave.
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Nutritional Facts for Classic Potato Gratin
Serving Size: 1 (214 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 599.6
- Calories from Fat 437
- Total Fat 48.5 g
- Saturated Fat 30.0 g
- Cholesterol 177.8 mg
- Sodium 484.4 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 34.2 g
- Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
- Sugars 1.5 g
- Protein 9.3 g