Gratin dauphinois

There are some dishes that manage to win people over at any time of the year, no matter what the occasion, whilst others seem designed to best appeal during the winter months, and in particular at the magical period of Christmas. So what do we have hiding in the saucepan today, friends of ‘My Italian Recipes’? Well, a lovely gratin dauphinois - a potato gratin – whereby the combination of cheese and fresh cream makes it ideal as an accompaniment to both meat and fish dishes. The gratin of the Dauphiné region, from where this dish originates, is particularly well-known and widespread in North America and Canada. Beware of recipes that require you to pre-cook the potatoes: for a perfect gratin dauphinois, the potatoes should be sliced paper thin and cook directly in the oven.

Ingredients

  • potatoes 1000 grams
  • groviera cheese 300 grams Or other soft melting cheese of your choice
  • salt
  • pepper
  • nutmeg
  • eggs 1 unit
  • garlic 1 clove
  • butter For greasing
  • parmesan 50 grams
  • fresh cream 250 millilitres
  • milk Half glass of milk
Information
80 minutes Total time
60 minutes Active time
Serves 4 persons
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Preparation

Peel the potatoes and cut into slices as thin as possible. Butter a baking sheet and rub a clove of garlic over it, so that it transfers some of its aroma. In a large bowl, mix the potato slices with the grated cheese, egg, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Arrange the potatoes neatly in the baking dish. In a separate bowl mix the cream with the milk. Pour the cream mixture over the potatoes. Finish by dotting with some flakes of butter. Bake for 50 minutes at 180°C and then another 10 minutes at 200°C.

Tips
To best enjoy a dish of gratin dauphinois you should open a bottle of white wine of Savoie.
Trivia
To prepare the gratin dauphinois, in general, use Gruyere cheese: as an alternative to the latter, you could try Emmental mixed with Parmesan.

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