My best friend from California recently came down for a visit and we had the best time cooking, eating, and trying out new restaurants. My friend is a major foodie like me and is a great cook. During her stay, she was gracious enough to teach me how to make her easy potato au gratin. She got this recipe from her co-worker who is originally from Switzerland, so this recipe is French inspired. This is probably the simplest recipe for potato au gratin and I am obsessed with it.
A few years ago, I was invited to a Thanksgiving dinner, it was a potluck and I volunteered to make potato au gratin. I had never made a potato gratin before, but I was confident that it would be easy. I went to the store-bought a mandolin, fancy cheeses, and even the perfect dish to bake the gratin in. I spent way too much money to make this one dish because I am a little nutty.
Things didn’t go according to plan and my potato au gratin turned out be a disaster. The gratin was bland, undercooked, and watery. I was completely mortified and I never attempted a gratin again, well until now. I really enjoyed my friend’s gratin and I knew I needed to share this recipe on the blog. Honestly while recipe testing, I was nervous that I would ruin this gratin too, but this recipe is so simple that it was a breeze to make.
To make this delicious potato gratin I start by thinly slicing potatoes in a food processor, you could alternatively slice it with a knife or a mandolin. I then start assembling my gratin like you would a tray of lasagna. I first add a little cream to the bottom of the pan, then two layers of potato slices, and then I add more cream, milk, cheese, garlic, and salt and pepper. Repeat the layers and sprinkle the remaining ingredients over the top layer. The gratin takes a little over an hour to cook and then needs to cool for 15 minutes before serving.
This gratin is another wonderful side dish for thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. It can be made a day ahead and it actually taste better the second day. This recipe is very versatile, swap the parmesan cheese for a cheese you prefer, add less or more garlic, add herbs, and etc.
Give this recipe a try and enjoy it Friends.
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