Gratin Dauphinois - Classic French Potatoes Baked in Cream
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 25mins
- 3 garlic cloves
- 3 1⁄2 lbs charlotte potatoes or 3 1/2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1⁄4 cups heavy double cream or 1 1/4 cups whipping cream
- 2 cups grated gruyere cheese (optional)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits
- 2 tablespoons mixed chopped fresh chives and flat-leaf Italian parsley
- Preheat oven to 375F (190C).
- Rub a large 3-qt. (3-l) baking dish about 3 1/2 inches deep with a split garlic clove and butter generously.
- Chop the garlic.
- Using a mandolin or a sharp knife, slice the potatoes as thinly as possible, about 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick. Blot the slices dry with paper towels.
- Spread a layer of potatoes in the prepared dish, slightly overlapping them if desired, and sprinkle with salt & pepper; cover evenly with a small amount of cream, and sprinkle with a little chopped garlic (sprinkle layers and top with grated gruyere cheese, if using).
- Repeat the layering until all the potatoes and garlic are used and the potatoes are completely submerged by the cream.
- Dot with small bits of butter.
- Bake in the hot preheated oven for a good hour, then increase the temperature to 400F (200C) for the last 15-20 minutes until the potatoes have absorbed all of the cream and the top has turned a nice golden brown in color.
- Serve in the cooking dish straight from the oven, sprinkling each portion with some of the chives and parsley.
- Menu idea: Serve with steak, peaches in red wine and a beaujolais wine to drink!
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