Piece of life
Guys! it’s too cold, I’m freezing! With the current temperature [-20°C today. Really!!! Way too cold for me] our little family stayed warm and cozy at home. Board games, buns for snacks, movies for the kids, we just needed a comforting dish to end our day.
If you have kids you will probably get it: mine don’t like potatoes [at least that’s what they say]! But on the other hand, they like french fries, mashed potatoes and gratin dauphinois [go figure]. So I picked that last one for supper, let’s go safe [you know, not to ruin the day…].
About the gratin dauphinois recipe
Do you know gratin dauphinois (scalloped potatoes)? This french specialty from the Dauphiné (a region of south-eastern France) consists of thin slices of potatoes baked in a milk/cream mixture. It is absolutely delicious, a perfect comforting food.
A few tips to make a perfect gratin dauphinoise
Let’s be honest; it’s unlikely that you’ll get it wrong, but here are a few tips to help you.
1/ The main point is the type of potato. Potatoes must keep their consistency when served [you don’t want mashed potatoes], so choose potatoes that will remain firm despite the long cooking time. In Canada, I use white or yellow potatoes [in France, the amandine, the charlotte, and the belle de Fontenay are good options, for example].
2/ Do not rinse the potatoes AFTER slicing them. The potatoes’ starch is the dish’s essential binding element.
3/ Potato slices should be thin. Ideally, use a mandoline slicer to make slices about 2 to 3 mm thick.
4/ You can bake in the oven only, but it will take a long time, about 1h30. An alternative is to pre-cook the potatoes for about 15 minutes in the milk and cream mixture. The baking time will then be 30 to 40 minutes. This is the method I use.
You can serve it vegetarian with baby spinach leaves [or other vegetables], but it also goes very well with meat.
Traditional french gratin dauphinois (french scalloped potatoes)
- 1,5 kg potatoes (white or yellow)
- 700 ml milk
- 300 ml heavy cream
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 small onion
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
- Wash, peel and cut the potatoes into thin slices (2 to 3 mm thick).
- Cut the onion into quarters and roughly crush the garlic cloves.
- In a pan mix the milk and cream. Add the onion and garlic cloves. Bring to boil and leave for 5 minutes. Remove the cloves and onion.
- Add the potato slices, season with salt and pepper and cook over low heat for 15 minutes.
- Put the potatoes and the milk/cream mixture in an ovenproof dish.
- Bake for 40 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.