There are some dishes that simply can’t be improved upon and
this is one of them. It is a Thanksgiving classic that harkens back to forever
ago. It comes from the French cannon of creamy, cheesy baked foods that
The brilliance of this dish is its simplicity. Thin slivers
of potato are layered with cream, cheese, and garlic. Nothing crazy, nothing
expensive. It is just goodness layered with more goodness. They are baked until
hot and soft so each bite is pure potato bliss.
While it is unlikely that you’ll be substituting this for
mashed potatoes this year consider serving this up alongside. Your family will
thank you for bringing a familiar dish everyone loves and for changing up the
potato routine. When in doubt, go with the classics. They are always in style
for a reason.
RECIPE: Classic Potato Gratin
2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled
3 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly crack black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
¾ cup finely shredded Gruyere cheese
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Use a mandonline to slice the potatoes 1/8-inch thick.
Carefully place them in a large saucepan and add the cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg,
and garlic. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Gently shift the
potatoes so they don’t burn, but do so very carefully so as not to break the
When the cream has boiled for 1 minute carefully pour the
mixture into a 3 quart baking dish. Use your finger or a fork to shift the
potatoes so they are more or less evenly spaced in the dish. Sprinkle the
cheese on top. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the potatoes can be pierced
evenly with a fork. Allow to cool for 15 minutes so the cream can set and the
potatoes won’t be too hot when you dig in. Slice and serve.