Thursday, March 25, 2010

Gratin Dauphinois--Scalloped Potatoes French Style

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 I've decided to give you a break from all the chocolate recipes and go back to something savory.  For this recipe, I reached back to childhood memories of my mother's Gratin Dauphinois: a casserole made from layers of potatoes, crême fraiche (french sour cream) and cheese. 

I am not sure how this one compares to my mom's--memories have a way of making something special even more so-- but it was very tasty and a thumbs-up from my little diners.  It's a real treat paired up with grilled fish or with a colorful salad.

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Gratin Dauphinois--Scalloped Potatoes
I like to use organic potatoes so I don't have to peel them. The nutritious benefits of potatoes are concentrated in the skin.
(serves 6-8)

8 medium size organic rose potatoes, washed, dried and sliced thin
Sea salt, to taste
Garlic Powder
2 cups Parmesan or Swiss cheese, shredded
1 cup creme fraiche
1 1/2 cups lowfat or whole milk
+ 1/2 cup more of milk
1 large egg, beaten

  1. Oil a 9 x 13" dish.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F
  3. Place one layer of the sliced potatoes on the bottom of oiled dish.
  4. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the layer and then a pinch of garlic powder (1/4 tsp).
  5. Spread 1/4 cup of the cheese over the potatoes.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 until all the potatoes are used or until you have 1/2" of space left in your dish. You should have 4-5 layers.
  7. Mix 1 1/2 cup of mix with the crême fraiche and pour over the potatoes.
  8. Sprinkle with the leftover cheese.
  9. Bake for 1 hour
  10. In a bowl mix in the additional milk with the beaten egg, add a pinch of salt and carefully pour over the baked dish.
  11. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes.  A golden crust should have formed on top.
  12. Remove from the stove and let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

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Valen said...

Wow! This looks to die for! I love the crispy browned top.

Sophie said...

Scrumptious use of the cream cheese. Grandma recipes are always the best :D.

Sophie said...

MMMMMMM,...your scalloped potatoes look so aweqsome & so tasty too!

MMMMMM,..lovely food!

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