Classic Potato Gratin

Classic Potato Gratin created by Parsley

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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  • Heat the oven to 400°F.
  • 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).
  • Put the potatoes in a large heavy-based saucepan and add the cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and garlic.
  • 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).
  • When the cream boils, pour the mixture into a 2 1/2- or 3-qt.
  • baking dish.
  • If you don't want a tender but garlicky surprise mouthful, remove and discard the garlic cloves (I leave them in, they're delicious!).
  • Shake the dish to let the slices settle and then sprinkle the cheese on top.
  • 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.
  • Don't worry if the dish looks too liquidy at this point; it will set up as it cools a bit.
  • Before serving, let the potatoes cool until they're very warm but not hot (at least 15 min.) or serve them at room temperature.
  • Note: This is also great for breakfast, barely re-warmed in the microwave.
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"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. Docs Mom
    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!
  2. waynejohn1234
    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.
  3. wholelottagall
    This was a huge success at my dinner party for friends at work! Everyone went back for seconds and the dish was empty in a New York minute! I used Gruyere cheese in mine and it was an excellent choice. I will use this recipe again for Thanksgiving with the family for a change of pace, that I am sure they will enjoy!
  4. Beth A.
    Very good - very rich! I used 2 cups fat-free half & half, and added 1 tablespoon flour, just to help thicken. Great for when you want to indulge, but not something I'd fix regularly.
  5. dariomorosini
    I loved this recipe, simple and I used lite cream and it was still so indulgent. Just fantastic.
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