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Potato Gratin

This baked potato dish is rich with cream and fragrant with garlic and nutmeg

Prep Time: 15M-20M

Cooking Time: 1H30M

Serves: makes 4-6 servings


  • 2lb ( 900g) white- or red-skinned boiling potatoes
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 garlic clove, cut in half
  • pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp butter, at room temperature, cut up, plus more for the dish
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter a 2qt (2 liter) shallow baking dish.
  2. Peel the potatoes. Using a mandoline, a food processor fitted with a fine slicing blade, or a large knife, slice the potatoes into rounds about 1/8in (3mm) thick. Rinse the slices in cold water. Drain and pat dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.
  3. Place the potatoes in layers in the baking dish, seasoning with salt and pepper as you go.
  4. Bring the cream, garlic, and nutmeg to a boil in a saucepan. Pour the cream over the potatoes. Dot the top with the butter.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake about 11/4 hours, or until the potatoes are just tender. Remove the foil. Increase the oven temperature to 450°F (250°C) and bake until the top is golden, about 10 minutes. Serve hot.
  • mandoline or food processor fitted with fine slicing blade
  • Prepare ahead: The potatoes can be peeled, sliced, and stored in water to cover for several hours.
  • Good with salad for supper, or as a side dish to smoked fish or broiled or roasted meats.


Potato and Cheese Gratin: Add 2 finely chopped anchovies to the cream at step 4. Sprinkle 1 cup shredded Gruyère cheese, between the potato layers, saving a little for sprinkling on the top.

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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