What is up with the weather around here? One day it’s so hot you are ready to turn on the air conditioner and jump in the pool and the next you are thinking maybe it’s the heater you need to turn on as you rush out the door with an umbrella!! So, I thought I’d share with you a wonderfully comforting dish that is perfect to serve really any time of the year. If you’re in need of a superb side for your elegant dinner or just wanting to add something absolutely delicious to spruce up a basic meal — this Potato Gratin is the perfect accompaniment! I am a huge potato lover, and from the very first time I made this recipe I was hooked! I usually make this gratin as part of my holiday or special occasion meals…and if my husband had his way we would have it every night for dinner! Yes, it’s that good! It only calls for three ingredients and the outcome is pure decadent bliss!
Potato Gratin with Gruyère and Crème Fraîche
(Recipe from Bon Appétit Magazine, November 2002 and here)
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/8-inch-thick rounds
1 1/2 cups crème fraîche, stirred to loosen
1 1/2 cups (packed) grated Gruyère cheese (about 6 ounces)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously butter 13×9-inch baking dish. Arrange half of potato slices in bottom of prepared dish, overlapping slightly. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Spread half of crème fraîche over potatoes and sprinkle with half of cheese. Top with remaining potatoes, overlapping slightly; sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Spread with remaining crème fraîche; sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake gratin uncovered 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Continue to bake gratin until potatoes are tender and top is golden brown, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Get your taste buds ready for this one! Not only will the wonderful aroma fill your home and head as it bakes, but the incredible taste will make you keep digging you fork in for more! If you’re like me, this will become one of your all-time favorite potato dishes! It’s simply delish!