Decadent Gratin Dauphinois: Creamy Cheesy Potatoes for a Timeless Classic

Nov 20, 2023 | Side Dishes

Difficulty | Prep Time | Cooking Time
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Moderate | 15 minutes | 1 hour 5 minutes
Gratin Dauphinois Ingredients


– 2 pounds of potatoes (russet or Yukon Gold)
– 2 cups of heavy cream
– 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
– 1 ½ cups of Gruyère cheese, grated
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)

Gratin Dauphinois Cooking Instructions


1. Preparing the Potatoes:
– Begin by peeling the potatoes and rinsing them under cold water to remove any excess starch.
– Using a mandoline or a sharp knife, thinly slice the potatoes into approximately 1/8-inch thick rounds. Consistency in size ensures even cooking throughout.

2. Building the Layers:
– Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
– In a saucepan, heat the heavy cream over medium heat until it simmers. Stir in the minced garlic and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
– Grease a baking dish generously. Start layering the sliced potatoes in the dish, slightly overlapping them as you go.
– Pour a small amount of the cream mixture over the first layer of potatoes, ensuring each potato slice is lightly coated. Sprinkle a layer of Gruyère cheese evenly on top.
– Repeat the layering process until you have used all the potatoes, finishing with a layer of Gruyère cheese on top.

3. Baking to Perfection:
– Cover the dish with aluminum foil and place it on the middle rack of your oven.
– Bake for 40 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld and the potatoes to become tender.
– After 40 minutes, remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the top has turned golden brown and the dish is bubbling around the edges.
– Let the gratin rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

4. Serving and Variations:
– Sprinkle the gratin with freshly chopped parsley for a vibrant touch and an earthy flavor, if desired.
– Gratin Dauphinois is a versatile dish that pairs well with a variety of proteins, such as roasted chicken, beef bourguignon, or even a simple green salad.
– For a creative twist, you can experiment with different cheeses like Comté or Emmental, or add a sprinkle of nutmeg to the cream mixture, infusing the dish with a warm, fragrant note.

Gratin Dauphinois Final Dish

Final Thoughts:

As you take your first bite of the creamy, cheesy, and heavenly Gratin Dauphinois, let its flavor transport you to the rolling hills of Dauphiné, where this recipe was born. The simplicity of this dish, combined with the richness of its history, makes it a timeless classic that brings families together, just as it has for centuries. So gather your loved ones, indulge in this delightful creation, and savor every moment – for in every bite lies a story waiting to be told. Bon appétit!

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