Saturday 4 April 2015

Globe-cooking recipe : Gratin dauphinois (France)

 Gratin dauphinois is a family staple in France and it's really simple to prepare. Once you've sliced the potatoes and put it all together, you just throw it in the oven for an hour or so and let it get on with it ! Mine cooked itself while I was off on the school run ! :)

 Gratin dauphinois

ingredients :
6 potatoes
1 clove garlic (or dried minced garlic)
20cl liquid crème fraîche
20cl milk
100g grated cheese
salt, pepper

Thinly slice the potatoes but don't wash/dry them - you need the starch for the gratin to stick together. You're supposed to peel them but I didn't bother (I like the texture and added fibre of the peel, plus it's quicker !) and I also zapped them in the microwave for ten minutes to make sure they'd cook through in time. Some people swear by parboiling the potatoes in milk for 10 minutes before slicing them which probably makes it even creamier.

Arrange layers of potato slices in an ovenproof dish, sprinkling each layer with salt, pepper and garlic. Mix the milk and crème fraîche and pour over the top, making sure it sinks down through all the layers of potato. Top with grated cheese.

Put in the oven for about an hour until the cheese is golden, the potato is cooked through (test with a knife) and the cream has almost all been absorbed.

Serve with meat and a side salad or vegetables.

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  1. This would be great with a salad for a weeknight tea when we are rushing in and out to different activities.

  2. how delicious -a good economic meal on its own if you add bacon or ham

  3. looks really tasty! and so simple

  4. This is one of my favourite side dishes but I've always been to scared to make it myself - you make it look easy! #tastytuesdays

    1. it really is as easy as it looks - give it a go ! :)

  5. I always make this with fresh cream foe a treat. I am definitely going to try it with creme fraiche. It looks delicious, one of my favs x

  6. I love this dish, yours looks really tasty

  7. I love these potatoes. The caterer that I work for does something similar, only he adds either flour or cornstarch, I'll have to give him your recipe. Looks delish!

  8. One of my faves, yummy. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays


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