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Foolproof potato gratin

Published:Thursday | February 23, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Thyme and Yukon Gold potato gratin.
Gratins are one of the best things that could ever happen to a potato, ever!

I have a recipe for a potato gratin in my last cookbook, Dinner Solved!, that I firmly stand by. Here is another that I firmly stand by. And I plan to come up with more such recipes to firmly stand by because I am committed to reminding all of us why gratins are one of the best things that could ever happen to a potato, ever.

This is a rich gratin, made with all cream, no milk or even half and half. I'm not apologising, just explaining. In general, I like my indulgent dishes flat-out indulgent, and my healthier food in the form of broiled fish, or salads. And I don't have a problem with the two sharing a plate. This gratin, for instance, would be lovely next to a piece of roasted salmon with a peppery green salad alongside them.

If you have a mandolin and the inclination to use it, please do, and you will get lovely, paper-thin slices for a sultry and elegantly stratified gratin. If not, use the slicing blade in your food processor or a sharp knife; the slices will likely not be as thin, but that's A-OK.

Thyme and Yukon Gold Potato Gratin

Serves: 10 to 12

Start to finish: 1 hour

30 minutes




21/2 cups heavy whipping


2tbs unsalted butter

1tsp minced garlic

3lb medium Yukon

Gold potatoes

11/2 cups shredded Gruyere


2 tbs minced fresh thyme

1tsp coarse or kosher salt

1/2tsp freshly ground black





1. Preheat the oven to 4008F. Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish.

2. Combine the cream, butter and garlic in a medium saucepan and bring to barely a simmer over medium to high heat. Remove from the heat.

3. While the mixture is heating, peel the potatoes and slice them very thinly.

4. Combine the cheese, thyme, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Spread out half of the potatoes in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the cheese mixture. Repeat with the remaining potatoes, and then the remaining cheese mixture. Pour the cream mixture over the potatoes, and press down on the potatoes to make sure they are mostly submerged in the liquid.

5. Bake on a lower rack in the oven for about 60 to 65 minutes, until the top is golden brown, and the potatoes have absorbed most of the cream and are very tender; a knife should slide in easily. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition information per serving: 486 calories; 349 calories from fat; 39g fat (18g saturated; 1g trans-fats); 88mg cholesterol; 932mg sodium; 28g carbohydrate; 6g fibre; 1g sugar; 7g protein.

- AP