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    Classic Potato Gratin

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    1 hr

    20 mins

    40 mins

    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

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    1. 1
      Heat the oven to 400°F.
    2. 2
      Using 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).
    3. 3
      Put the potatoes in a large heavy-based saucepan and add the cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and garlic.
    4. 4
      Cook 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).
    5. 5
      When the cream boils, pour the mixture into a 2 1/2- or 3-qt.
    6. 6
      baking dish.
    7. 7
      If you don't want a tender but garlicky surprise mouthful, remove and discard the garlic cloves (I leave them in, they're delicious!).
    8. 8
      Shake the dish to let the slices settle and then sprinkle the cheese on top.
    9. 9
      Bake 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.
    10. 10
      Don't worry if the dish looks too liquidy at this point; it will set up as it cools a bit.
    11. 11
      Before serving, let the potatoes cool until they're very warm but not hot (at least 15 min.) or serve them at room temperature.
    12. 12
      Note: This is also great for breakfast, barely re-warmed in the microwave.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 05, 2002


      This is an excellent crowd pleasing dish! So yummy, it was hard to stop going back for thirds (and fourths)! This recipe served 6 of us as part of a BBQ meal. I crushed the garlic in a press before adding it to the cream and used a little extra salt in mine.

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    • on April 25, 2011


      I found this recipe on Fine Cooking and had to make for Easter. So glad I did, it was fabulous. I used a mandolin to slice the potatoes and make it a bit easier. I baked it a couple of hours before the meal and then reheated it prior to dinner. Worked out perfectly!

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    • on May 18, 2009


      We love these potatoes, but they are an indulgence. Have been making them for years and experimented with different seasonings, e.g. fresh dill and also lots of garlic. They are always a success and no empty plates. Of course guests groan about the calories but keep on eating.

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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

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