Why: Exquisite flavor and rich, creamy texture. Simple and honest. Requires only a few ingredients. Because everyone needs to indulge in comfort food like this once and a while.
Equipment: A sharp knife or mandoline*. A ceramic gratin dish. An oven.
How: Gather your ingredients. You may have them in your kitchen already.
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 pounds starchy potatoes
- 1 cup grated Swiss Gruyère (or Emmental if you must - but Gruyère is richer)
- ½ cup heavy cream (or 1 cup of heavy cream if you don't have crème fraîche)
- ½ cup crème fraîche (or 1 cup crème fraîche if you don't have heavy cream)
- pinch of nutmeg
- fine sea salt
Rub the bottom of the gratin dish with the garlic clove, then thinly slice it.
Peel the potatoes and thinly slice them with either a knife or a mandoline.
Layer half the potato slices on the bottom of the gratin dish. Scatter the sliced garlic over the potatoes then sprinkle on half the cheese, the crème fraîche (or ½ cup of heavy cream) and some salt.
Repeat with the remaining ingredients and top with a tiny grating of nutmeg.
Bake for an hour. The gratin will be crisp and golden on top, soft and creamy in the middle.
* My inexpensive, plastic mandoline is about 12 years old and still going strong. Pin It