Nov 17, 2009

Kay’s Potato Gratin

Thanksgiving and Christmas are the perfect times to serve a variety of tasty and beautiful side dishes. I usually know months before the actual event—we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but do have two official days of Christmas—what kind of meat or poultry I’ll be cooking, it’s those darn side dishes that make me rip out my hair out by the handful.

I did my best trying to come up with a side dish that almost everyone likes, but that looks and tastes like a million bucks and can be made ahead of time. However, I didn’t just want to throw some potatoes in a oven tray, cover them with cream and cheese and pass them off as a thanksgiving side dish. Too easy. So I took a slightly different approach.

Okay, so I’ll admit it’s no vitamin bomb nor is it going to be friendly to your waistline, but it sure is delicious!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds potatoes (pommes parisienne)
3 spring onions (or a small onion)
3 sun-dried tomatoes
2 tbsp flour
1 large garlic clove
1/2 vegetable bouillon cube
3 oz bacon
flat-leaf parsley
1/4 tsp dried basil
grated cheese
2 tbsp butter
1/3 cup cream
1 cup water
pepper

Optional: coarse mustard



Directions:

The happy lot. My chosen ones.

I chopped 3 large spring onions for this. Using a regular small onion or 2 shallots also works beautifully. You have choices, you know!

I grated a large garlic clove. No gratin without garlic.

Finely chop 3 big sun-dried tomatoes. They’ll add loads of flavor.

Finely chop a handful of flat-leaf parsley for a nice earthy tone.

I’m going for a shortcut and use store-bought parboiled potatoes. My bad, I know. If you use regular potatoes parboil them for about 10 minutes—they still have to be firm. Transfer the potatoes to an oven dish and sprinkle the sun-dried tomatoes all over them.

In the mean time we’ll cook the bacon until brown and crispy. Drain it on a paper towel but don’t clean out the pan. Don’t even think about cleaning it! As soon as the bacon cools off, crumble it with your hands and lick your fingers. Licking your fingers is a very important step. It will set you free.

In stead of cleaning out the skillet, you simply add 2 tbsp butter to the bacon fat. Throw in the onions and cook for a minute. Cook regular onions for about 3 minutes. Then add the garlic and give it another minute.

Add your flour and cook for a minute to neutralize its rawness. Lotsa minutes there. Pour in a cup of water (or make the broth ahead of time) and stir vigorously until you have a smooth sauce. Crumble in the 1/2 a vegetable bouillon cube and bring the sauce to a boil.

Lower the heat and stir in a really full 1/3 cup of cream. I opted for a lower fat version. Now this is completely optional but I like a slight hint of basil in my potatoes, so I’ll add 1/4 to 1/2 a tsp dried basil and lots of black pepper. Let the sauce simmer for a few minutes.

Tip: adding some coarse mustard will give the sauce a wonderful kick as well!

Turn off the heat and stir in the crumbled bacon and flat-leaf parsley.

Pour the sauce all over the potatoes and distrubute evenly.

It was then that I decided this would be my new best potato gratin.

Top the potatoes with grated cheese, a generous amount. Surprise, I used Gouda cheese! Don’t be scared, ’tis the season!

Pop them in a preheated oven and bake them at 400F (200C) for 25 to 30 minutes. Until the potatoes are beautifully brown, steamy hot and bubbling with melted cheese.

Be still my beating heart.

Mark my words, these are going to be an absolute hit on your Thanksgiving or Christmas table.

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Kay’s Potato Gratin
Ingredients
    1 1/2 pounds potatoes (pommes parisienne)
    3 spring onions (or a small onion)
    3 sun-dried tomatoes
    2 tbsp flour
    1 large garlic clove
    1/2 vegetable bouillon cube
    3 oz bacon
    flat-leaf parsley
    1/4 tsp dried basil
    grated cheese
    2 tbsp butter
    1/3 cup cream
    1 cup water
    pepper

    Optional: coarse mustard
Directions
    Chop the spring onions, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley and grate or mince the garlic. Peel, dice and parboil your potatoes (when using regular potatoes). Transfer the potatoes to an oven dish and sprinkle the sun-dried tomatoes all over them.

    Cook the bacon ’til brown and crispy, drain it on a paper towel but don’t clean out the pan. add 2 tbsp butter to the bacon fat. Throw in the onions and cook for a minute. Cook regular onions for about 3 minutes. Then add the garlic and give it another minute.

    Lower the heat and stir in a really full 1/3 cup of cream. Optionally add 1/4 to 1/2 a tsp dried basil, lots of black pepper and maybe a hint of coarse mustard. Turn off the heat and stir in the crumbled bacon and flat-leaf parsley. Pour the sauce all over the potatoes and distrubute evenly.

    Top the potatoes with a generous amount of grated cheese, pop them in a preheated oven and bake them at 400F (200C) for 25 to 30 minutes. Until the potatoes are beautifully brown, steamy hot and bubbling with melted cheese.
Meal type: side dish
Servings: 4
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    33 Comments »

    1. 1

      Oh wow, Kay. I think I love you.

      Maria on Nov 17, 2009 @ 9:36 am
    2. 2

      Kay I hate you! lol I mean I am trying to loose weight here.. and how am I suppose to do that when you do things like that???? uh uh..

      Barbara on Nov 17, 2009 @ 10:26 am
    3. 3

      @Barbara:

      You’re so not supposed to diet during the holidays :)

      Kay on Nov 17, 2009 @ 10:33 am
    4. 4

      Oh God, this looks fantastic! I have been looking at gratin recipes lately and will definitely give this one a try.

      Patty on Nov 17, 2009 @ 10:40 am
    5. 5

      These are absolutely WOW!! I’ll have to try them soon. And the picture tutorials are great! Thank you Kay!

      Raluca on Nov 17, 2009 @ 12:07 pm
    6. 6

      Just decided this is going next to our Thanksgiving turkey! Thank you!

      Audra on Nov 17, 2009 @ 1:09 pm
    7. 7

      It sure is the season, the season to be greedy! :-)

      Will have to make these for sure… Yummy!

      Thanks for sharing!

      -Natasha

      ThatsSoYummy on Nov 17, 2009 @ 1:47 pm
    8. 8

      Oh this one looks good!

      Spruce Hill on Nov 17, 2009 @ 2:06 pm
    9. 9

      Those look so good, will definately have to give them a try.

      Teressa Harrington on Nov 17, 2009 @ 2:20 pm
    10. 10

      I will absolutely try this recipe, just not at Thanksgiving. Have to have the mashed potatoes and gravy at that time!

      Lindie on Nov 17, 2009 @ 5:32 pm
    11. 11

      Wow, I can see why they are your new favorite. The potatoes look so tasty. addind bacon makes them look even better.

      Brad on Nov 17, 2009 @ 5:44 pm
    12. 12

      Well I was having a casserole for dinner but I think I may have to make these potatoes instead. :)

      Kait on Nov 17, 2009 @ 6:32 pm
    13. 13

      Kay I saw this on Tastespotting and knew the beautiful photo had to be yours. I was right! This looks delicious and I must add it to my menu! Thanks.

      RobinSue on Nov 17, 2009 @ 8:47 pm
    14. 14

      That is truely unique! I always like to try new recipes for Thanksgiving, but I find that my family likes having the same dishes each year. However, I am determined to sneak something new in on them this year.

      treehouse Chef on Nov 17, 2009 @ 10:13 pm
    15. 15

      Three words.. O_M_G!!!!!

      Sue on Nov 18, 2009 @ 12:06 am
    16. 16

      Wow! These potatoes look like they are worth eating. Delicious!

      Cristie on Nov 18, 2009 @ 1:08 am
    17. 17

      These look awesome! Do you think it’d be alright if the potatoes were coated in the sauce but covered in cheese and baked the next day?

      Peggy on Nov 18, 2009 @ 8:58 am
    18. 18

      @Peggy:

      I think if you cover them and put them in the fridge, that would work.

      Kay on Nov 18, 2009 @ 9:04 am
    19. 19

      These potatoes look un-be-@#$%^-lievable.
      Can’t wait to try them.

      p.s. who won the contest anyway?

      Annie on Nov 18, 2009 @ 11:10 am
    20. 20

      @Annie:

      I always update at the beginning of the posting! Unfortunately no word from the winner yet. Hope she’s not on vacation this week because I sill be gone next week :)

      Kay on Nov 18, 2009 @ 2:37 pm
    21. 21

      My mouth is watering and my waist is expanding just looking at the pictures!!! Then you had to say Gouda????

      Fainted…….

      Kath on Nov 18, 2009 @ 7:10 pm
    22. 22

      O-MY-Word!!! These look soooooo good. Thanks Kay, for yet another awesome potato recipe… Keep ‘em comin’!

      farmkat on Nov 18, 2009 @ 7:28 pm
    23. 23

      Great recipes here, thanks!

      chef on Nov 18, 2009 @ 10:39 pm
    24. 24

      FANTASTIC looking dish. The pic you chose does not do it justice. Thanks.

      Gabrielle McDowell on Nov 19, 2009 @ 1:15 am
    25. 25

      You make me want to make it RIGHT NOW!!

      Agnes on Nov 19, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

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