Potatoes Savoyarde: A Classic Gratin

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  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings
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Potatoes Savoyarde is a classical French dish -- a gratin, to be exact, which is any dish topped with cheese and/or buttered bread crumbs. This dish originated in Savoy, high in the French Alps, hence its name. It’s the perfect accompaniment for any meat or fowl prepared in almost any way. I've served it next to Beef Daube, Smoked Salmon, and Chicken Saltimbocca. Whatever you serve it with, it's delicious, although you might want to vary the herb to more closely complement the main dish or other side dishes.

If you use vegetable stock in place of chicken stock, this would serve nicely as a vegetarian main course but, because of the cheese, it’s not for vegans. For carnivores, turn this into a main course by adding ham or bacon.

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What You'll Need

  • 2 medium potatoes (Yukon gold, skin on and sliced 1/4" thick)
  • 1 teaspoon butter (or amount needed to grease the casserole dish)
  • 1/2 cup Gruyere cheese (shredded, or Emmentaler cheese)
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 large clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • Salt to taste

How to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Arrange 1/3 of the potatoes in the bottom of a small buttered casserole or soufflé dish (6"to 7" in diameter).
  3. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, 1/3 of the garlic, and 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat for two more layers.
  4. Add chicken stock, slowly pouring in along the edge to avoid disturbing the layers.
  5. Cover snugly with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and continue cooking for 20 minutes until browned.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 403
    Total Fat 13 g
    Saturated Fat 8 g
    Unsaturated Fat 4 g
    Cholesterol 41 mg
    Sodium 474 mg
    Carbohydrates 56 g
    Dietary Fiber 6 g
    Protein 19 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)