This Amazing Potatoes Gratin (Dauphinoise) recipe really is just that: Amazing. The French take such simple ingredients: potatoes, cream, cheese, and a little garlic, and transform the dish into some transcendent.
It’s just incredible. Follow these steps, and you’ll have the most wonderful side dish for your holiday table, or any time you want a delicious potato gratin dish.
Watch us show you how easy, and how much fun it is to make one of the most delicious side dishes you’ll ever have.
Thinly sliced potatoes submerged in a cream sauce that has been infused with garlic and thyme is the basis of this incredible dish.
I like to use the back of a large wooden spoon to press the potatoes into the cream, just to help them get nice and friendly with the incredible cream sauce.
Gruyere is the perfect cheese for the topping. Rich and melts beautifully.
And as it bakes, the cheese turns into a beautiful crust, or gratin.
Just a few herbs are all that are needed to add another depth of flavor to this sublime dish.
Thyme infused in the cream, and then a little fresh chopped parsley sprinkled on top.
When you need a special dish for a special occasion, look no further.
This dish will warm you up and just make you smile. Slow cooked potatoes, cream, cheese with a little garlic and herbs.
That’s just good.
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Okay! Now, let’s make this amazing Gratin Potatoes (Dauphinoise) recipe!
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temp
- 2 large garlic cloves, cut in half
- 3 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes (about 10 or 11), peeled and thinly sliced. If using a mandolin, cut to ⅛” thickness (a mandolin works perfectly).
- 8 ounces gruyere cheese, grated
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- Flat leaf parsley, chopped, for garnish on top
- Preheat the oven to 350°F
- Take a large (2 ½ quart should work) heavy-bottomed dish or an ovenproof gratin dish (a Le Creuset is ideal), and grease it will with the butter, then rub the ½ sliced garlic on the bottom and sides.
- Put the cream, milk, and a pinch of salt and pepper and sprigs of thyme in a sauce pan. Using a garlic press, press 1 clove of garlic into the sauce (or mince finely, and add to the sauce).
- Bring gently to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for a couple minutes. Remove from heat, then strain into a bowl, and discard the thyme and garlic. Set aside briefly.
- Layer the potato slices in the dish, slightly overlapping each other, seasoning each layer with the salt and pepper. Once one layer is added, ladle enough of the strained cream sauce to coat the potatoes. Repeat with the process until out of potatoes.
- Add a little more cream, if necessary. The cream should just barely be peaking around the edges of the potatoes (resist the temptation to add too much cream!).
- Sprinkle the cheese on the top of the last layer.
- Gently press the potatoes down with the back of a large wooden spoon to submerge them in the cream. It’s okay if they’re not 100% covered by the cream.
- Bake for 45 minutes, check the potatoes with a sharp knife…if they feel very soft, they are done. If not, place foil over the dish (if browning too much on top) and cook for another 30 minutes, checking periodically for doneness.
- Remove from oven and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Garnish with chopped parsley sprinkled on top.
- Serve nice and hot.