Ultimate Potato Gratin

READY IN: 2hrs 10mins
Recipe by Smilyn

As Seen On Food TV (Tyler Florence). A friend made this for Thanksgiving and my husband ate 1/2 of it! It makes a large batch.

Top Review by Scoutie

I was going to post this, but you beat me to it. This recipe is soooo good! You can't really taste the cabbage, but the bacon-cabbage mixture definitely make the dish. I have made this 4 times now and I have used a romano, parmesan, asiago cheese mix with great results. I also use half and half instead of heavy cream. If you need something faster, use prepackaged coleslaw mix in place of the cabbage and that works fine too. The slab bacon is too expensive for me, so I just buy six strips of bacon from the deli. Also, I use a MUCH bigger pan to wilt the cabbage. Thanks for posting, Smilyn.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Finely shred cabbage and cut bacon into 1/2-inch chunks.
  3. Place a small skillet over medium-low heat and fry bacon until crispy.
  4. Remove from pan with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Add 1 tablespoon butter to bacon fat in frying pan.
  7. When it has melted, add 1/2 the garlic and let soften.
  8. Add cabbage and coat it with the butter, let it wilt.
  9. Add the bacon and season with salt and pepper.
  10. Remove from heat and add most of the chives, leaving some for garnish.
  11. Generously butter the bottom and sides of an ovenproof casserole dish (13 x 9).
  12. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, 1 1/2 cups cream, 1 cup parmesan and remaining garlic.
  13. Season with salt and pepper.
  14. Using your hands, place a layer of potatoes in the greased casserole dish.
  15. Sprinkle with parmesan and repeat with 2 more layers of potatoes.
  16. Spoon the cabbage mixture on top and spread it out evenly over the potatoes.
  17. Top it off with 2 more layers of potato and parmesan.
  18. Pour the remaining 1 cup cream over the dish.
  19. Sprinkle with remaining parmesan.
  20. Cover dish with foil and bake for 1 hour, then bake uncovered for another 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  21. Let sit for 10 minutes and garnish with remaining fresh chives before serving.

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