Super Easy Potato Gratin

Potato Gratin

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  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
552 Calories
35g Fat
40g Carbs
21g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 6
Amount per serving
Calories 552
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 46%
Saturated Fat 22g 109%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 449mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 21g
Calcium 568mg 44%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Potato Gratin is one of those dishes that is so simple to make, and the results are fantastic. A perfect gratin is thick, rich and creamy; the potatoes should be soft but not broken up and the sauce thick and tasty.

Jayne Austin Price, from France, made this Potato Gratin using a technique she discovered in an excellent book, 'A Table in the Tarn' by Orlando Murrin. Murrin is a well-known British food writer. This recipe, therefore, is based on Murrin's but Jayne has made subtle changes.

The best potatoes for a gratin are floury types such as King Edward or a Maris Piper or any potato recommended for mashing.

Ingredients

  • 1kg / 2 lbs floury potatoes (King Edwards or Maris Piper are good)
  • 2 cloves garlic (lightly crushed)
  • 235ml /8 fl oz milk, (full fat if possible but not essential)
  • 235ml /8 fl oz double cream
  • Pinch salt
  • 125g Gruyere cheese (or aged Cheddar, grated)
  • 1 tsp butter + 2 tbsp (for the topping)
  • 125g Brie cheese
  • Dash salt
  • Dash freshly ground pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 175C / 350F / Gas 4

  2. Peel, rinse and dry the potatoes then slice as thinly as possible (a mandolin is good for this, but a sharp knife works just as well).

  3. Place 1 clove of the garlic, the milk, cream, potatoes, a pinch of salt, pepper and the mace or nutmeg in a large pan.

  4. Bring to a very gentle boil and simmer for a few minutes until the cream is noticeably thicker.

  5. Remove from the heat and add the grated cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted.

  6. Generously butter an ovenproof dish then rub all over with the remaining lightly crushed clove of garlic.

  7. Pour the potato mixture into the dish, using a spoon gently move the potatoes in the cream mixture making sure all are covered.

  8. Finely slice the Brie into long strips and lay across the top of the gratin. Dot the surface with the extra butter. Season with salt and pepper (potatoes absorb a lot of salt which is also needed to add flavor).

  9. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is bubbly and golden brown, and the potatoes soft when pierced with a sharp knife. If the top is browning too quickly before the potatoes are cooked, lower the heat and cover with a piece of aluminum foil. They should take about 40 minutes in total.

  10. Serve immediately, or if you want to serve the potatoes later leave to go completely cold.

  11. Another way to serve the gratin is to allow it to go cold, and then to use a cutter, cut into rounds. Place the rounds on a greased baking sheet and reheat in a hot oven for approx 10 minutes. The edges left in the dish though are my favorite bits when scraped out with a spoon.