Week of the Potato, Day 4: Potato Gratin

A true dish has many layers.

This is another fantastic potato dish that I don’t feel particularly good about cooking for two people on a Tuesday night. But if guilt weren’t an issue, I could easily sit down and polish off a chunk of this for supper… meat and green vegetables be damned!

There are a million versions of potato gratin. This particular recipe is adapted from the Balthazar cookbook, a collection of recipes from its namesake restaurant in New York where I’ve been lucky enough to eat a few times. While the homemade version can never quite match the real thing in terms of the ambiance, it can certainly become a standout dish at any dinner party.

Adapted from The Balthazar Cookbook 


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 7 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 starchy baking potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Heat the oven to 190℃ (375℉).
  2. Combine the cream, milk, garlic, herbs and s pinch of salt and pepper in a pot. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Strain, discarding the garlic and herbs and reserve the flavoured cream.
  3. While the cream is cooking, peel the potatoes and cut into thin slices using a mandolin or a sharp knife. Rinse in a bowl of cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Butter a gratin dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Arrange one layer of potatoes in the bottom, overlapping by almost half. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and pour 1/2 cup of cream over top. Repeat with remaining potatoes about 4-5 more layers. Dot the top with the remaining butter and cover with foil.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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4 Responses to Week of the Potato, Day 4: Potato Gratin

  1. Yum! I know what we’re having for dinner tonight 🙂

  2. anjobanjo22 says:

    These potato recipes are AMAZING! Got to stop by again when I have potatoes in the house 🙂

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