I think that this is all my son ate during our Thanksgiving Feast! (BOTH days…) I loved that the russet potatoes were left unpeeled. 🙂 Not only did it make the dish easier to prepare, the presentation was prettier and it was more healthy too! Well, at least it had more vitamins….
This recipe is from Bon Appetit, contributed by Claire Saffitz. I set the mandolin to 1/8″ to slice the potatoes. Starchy side dish perfection. 🙂
Yield: Serves 12
- 5 garlic cloves, peeled and divided
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 medium shallots, peeled and quartered through root ends
- 2½ cups heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon thyme leaves, plus more
- 4 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed, very thinly sliced on a mandolin
- 3 ounces Gruyère, finely grated
- 1 ounce Parmesan, finely grated
- Preheat oven to 325°.
- Cut 1 garlic clove in half and rub the inside of a 3-qt. shallow baking dish with cut sides. Smear butter all over inside of dish.
- Bring shallots, cream, salt, pepper, 1 Tbsp. thyme, and remaining 4 garlic cloves to a simmer in a small saucepan over low heat; cook until shallots and garlic are very soft, 15–20 minutes. Let cool slightly. Transfer to a blender; blend until smooth. (I used a Vitamix.)
- Arrange potato slices in prepared dish, fanning out a handful at a time and placing in dish at an angle (this ensures every scoop will have tender potatoes from the bottom and crisp edges from the top). Shingle as you work until bottom of dish is covered. Tuck smaller slices into any gaps to fill.
- Pour cream mixture over potatoes and cover dish tightly with foil. Bake potatoes until tender and creamy, 60–75 minutes. Let cool.
- Place rack in highest position; heat broiler. Remove foil and top potatoes with Gruyère and Parmesan. Broil until cheese is bubbling and top of gratin is golden brown, 5–10 minutes. Serve topped with more thyme leaves, if desired.
Note: Gratin can be baked 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before broiling.
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