Potatoes Baked in Cream

"This recipe should be baked and served in individual casserole dishes. This is a very rich recipe and not intended for those on low-cal diets. If making in one large casserole, be sure not to layer the potatoes too thickly. Brought to you from Inn at Little Washington."
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  • Peel onion as thinly as possible.
  • Peel the potatoes and slice as evenly as possible, about 1/8" thick.
  • In a 4 quart heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the onion slices.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon and cook until the onions are wilted and translucent.
  • Add the cream and bring to a boil.
  • Add the potatoes, folding them into the cream with a rubber spatula to make sure each slice is well coated.
  • Add nutmeg and season with salt and pepper.
  • Simmer until the cream begins to thicken and the potatoes are almost tender.
  • They should still have some resistance to the bite.
  • **(Recipe can be completed to this stage well in advance. If you are not ready to proceed with serving the potatoes, remove them from the pan and store in a covered container in the refrigerator).
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In 6-8 shallow, oven-proof gratin dishes, OR individual casseroles, OR in one large Pyrex baking dish, spoon a layer of potatoes and cream mixture about 1 inch deep.
  • (It is not necessary to grease the dishes first).
  • **The casseroles can be assembled to this point well in advance of baking.
  • The potatoes will not discolor since they are already partially cooked.
  • Bake in the upper third of the oven at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until the tip of a knife slides easily into the potatoes and they are golden brown on top.
  • Serves 6-8.

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  1. Cinnamon1025
    So good!! I love the presentation in the individual serving dishes! This recipe is being added to my "impress the guests" list!!
  2. Kittencalrecipezazz
    This is rich but oh so delicious, I also added in some grated Parmesan cheese also and used lots freshly ground pepper, thanks hon!...Kitten:)
  3. lazyme
    Great recipe. Simple, and tasty. The only thing I will do differently next time is to let them sit for a little bit before serving because they were very hot out of the oven. By the time they cooled off enough to eat, we were getting too full from the rest of the meal - and I don't want to be too full next time! Thanks Bev for another great recipe.
  4. iris5555
    I have prepared potatoes in a similar way and they are so good. Rather than use onions, I made them with garlic instead (and without nutmeg).


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