if you thought that I loved cheese, wait til you see how I feel about Potatoes!

In a previous post, I mentioned how much I adore cheese… well the fact remains that I not only am head over heels in love with cheese, but I am also a victim of love when it comes to potatoes!

Baked, roasted, boiled, fried, stuffed, mashed… and most importantly, if combined with cheese, then you have a match made in heaven!

Potato Dauphinois is a specialiaty of the Dauphine region in France and basically involves thinly sliced and layered potatoes and cream cooked in a buttered dish rubbed with garlic… HELLOOOooooo – does this not sound like the most AMAZING invention EVER???? This dish is sometimes also known as Potatoes au Gratin or potato bake – depending on the country you are from (North America for the former and South Africa, Australia and New Zealand for the latter).

The word *Gratin* is a word to describe the technique in food preparation whereby the top of a prepared dish is browned… either by breadcrumbs, grated cheese, egg or butter… and we all know that my preference is going to be for the CHEESE!!!!

So how do I make mine?? the answer is *WELL!* 🙂

Potato Gratin/Dauphinois/Bake:

1kg Potatoes

400g Cream

150g Grated Cheese (I mix cheddar and gruyere)

Butter

Garlic (as much or as little as you like)

  1. Peel and finely slice the potatoes
  2. Parboil the potaotes until just tender (you don’t want to make mash :))
  3. Drain and pat dry
  1. Heat the cream in a pan with the crushed garlic for about 5min
  2. Butter a dish, layer the potatoes (salting in between layers) and pour over the cream and garlic mix
  3. Sprinkle the cheese on the top….
  4. bake at 200C for 40-60min

For the purposes of having some yummy pictures to show – i made a *mini* version of this (so basically a half or third of the ingredients and baked in a mini dish)

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2 thoughts on “if you thought that I loved cheese, wait til you see how I feel about Potatoes!

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