Recipe by Scoutie
This is a simple and delicious Potato Gratin. I usually add some fresh minced herbs such as sage, thyme or parsley. I also never peel my potatoes no matter what potato dish I am making. (Except for gnocchi lol) Prep time is approximate. This is adapted from Cooks Illustrated, Nov. 1995 issue. I hope you enjoy as much as we do!
Top Review by JustJanS
This is a great recipe! The initial simmering of the ingredients seems to release the starches in the potatoes and makes the finished dish amazingly "creamy". I used fresh parsley, thyme and sage from my garden, didn't peel the potatoes and subbed the unsalted butter with a low-fat spread (it worked fine). This one will get made OFTEN!
- 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 2 1⁄4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1⁄2 teaspoon table salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
- 2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick or less
- 1⁄4 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese, grated
Directions See How It's Made
- Adjust oven rack to center position and heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Rub bottom and sides of 5- to 6-cup gratin dish or shallow baking dish with garlic. Mince remaining garlic and set aside. Once garlic in dish has dried, about 2 minutes,spread dish with half the butter.
- Bring broth, salt, pepper, bay leaf, cayenne (if desired), potatoes, other herbs if you are using and reserved garlic to boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally with wooden spoon (liquid will just barely cover potatoes). Reduce heat and simmer until liquid thickens, about 2 minutes.
- Pour potato mixture into prepared dish; shake dish or use fork to distribute potatoes evenly. Gently press down potatoes until submerged in liquid; dot with remaining butter.
- Bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes until golden brown, basting once or twice during first 45 minutes and topping with grated parmesan cheese after 45 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes and serve.