“Something Borrowed” Potato Gratin Dauphinois

By Jackie DeKnock  ,   

September 20, 2015

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  • Yields: Serves 2 (with leftovers)


2 pounds baking potatoes (Russet or your favourite mealy baking potato)

1 clove garlic, crushed

2 cups milk (whole or part-skim, not skim)

½ teaspoon sea salt

4 pinches freshly grated nutmeg

¼ - ½ cup Gruyere cheese

¼ cup heavy cream, 35% (or half and half, or milk, if you prefer)

2 tablespoons sour cream


Preheat oven 430 °F (220° C).

Slice potatoes thinly and as evenly as possible (about 1/10th of an inch). Use a food processor or a mandolin if you have one (or good ole-fashioned elbow-grease always works too)! Don't rinse after slicing or you will lose all that precious starch.

Peel and crush the garlic.

Combine the sliced potatoes, garlic, milk, salt and nutmeg in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, and keep simmering for 8 minutes 8 Minutes , stir the potatoes and scrape the bottom of the pan gently to prevent sticking/scorching. The milk will gradually thicken to a creamy consistency.

While the potatoes are simmering, butter a medium glass or ceramic baking dish. Tip: Always keep your butter papers in the freezer for occasions just like this one!

Transfer half of the potatoes to the baking dish, sprinkle with cheese (hold some back for garnish) and drizzle with half of the cream. Add the rest of the potatoes, pour the cooking milk over them, and drizzle with the remaining cream & finally top with sour cream, smooth with a wooden spoon. Garnish with Gruyere cheese and love.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes 35 Minutes , until bubbly on the edges and nicely browned at the top. Let stand for 5 minutes 5 Minutes before serving. Slice and serve these decadent potatoes to the man of your life, he'll love 'em.

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