Monday, June 19, 2006

Ted's Favorite Potato Gratin

Ted Allen, famous for his integral part of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy", has a new cookbook out called, "The Food you Want to Eat". My local newspaper did a story about the book and author in last week's Food section. I tried this recipe last night, and it's fantastic. If this is any indication of the rest of the book's offerings, I may have to purchase a copy.

Potato Gratin


1 Tbsp unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
2 lbs baking potatoes
1/2 tsp kosher salt (I used sea salt, but either would be fine)
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 pinches freshly ground nutmeg
1 clove garlic, sliced
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh thyme (the recipe lists this as optional, but I think it's a nice addition)
2 firmly packed cups grated Gruyere cheese
1 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-by-8 inch baking dish. Peel potatoes and put them in a bowl of cold water to keep them from browning. Slice half the potatoes as thin as you can and layer them into the pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, a pinch of nutmeg, the garlic and the bay leaves. Strip thyme leaves off sprigs and sprinkle over the potatoes. Sprinkle with half the cheese and pour over half the cream.

Slice and layer the remaining potatoes on top and sprinkle again with 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg. Pour the rest of the cream over, sprinkle with the rest of the cheese, and dot with 1 tablespoon butter.

Put the gratin in the oven and bake until the top is golden and crusty and the interior is still moist with cream when you stick a knife into it, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Aubrey said...

Good God, B.

A little tip - I find that with any recipe containing cheese, doubling the portion improves it immeasureably.

5:55 PM  
Blogger The Calico Cat said...

Wow that does sound good. I tend to agree with Aubrey, but I like to mix my cheeses...

5:10 AM  
Blogger desperate housewife said...

HEAVY CREAM and TWO cups of cheese...!! But it sounds so good! Damn you, Woof Nanny!

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks fabulous! You just can't go wrong with potatoes and cheese!

Heidi
Absinthe Knits

3:44 PM  
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12:34 AM  

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