The Dauphinoise potatoes is a traditional French recipe typical of the Dauphiné region. This dish is real comfort food: the potatoes are slow-cooked into a herb-flavored cream and milk mixture, until brown and crispy with a soft and delicious heart! Here the recipe and history of Gratin Dauphinoise!
- 2 Lb (900 g) yellow potatoes
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1.5 cup (350 ml) heavy cream
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) whole milk
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp thyme leaves
- 1 bay leaf
- to taste white pepper
- to taste table salt
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ORIGIN OF DAUPHINOISE POTATOES
The Dauphinoise potatoes, also called Gratin Dauphinoise, is a traditional dish typical of Southern France.
The first written news about the Dauphinoise is dated 12 July 1788 in the report of a dinner for the municipal officials of the city of Gap.
Despite this document, probably the origin of the Gratin is more ancient and unknown.
TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS
The Gratin Dauphinoise is easy to make, here some tips to make it to perfection!
POTATOES – the best are yellow potatoes, preferably a little soft. You want to rinse the potatoes skin on thoroughly, then dry and peel: this to save the starch into the potatoes. Do not wash the sliced potatoes.
CREAM OR MILK? – The recipe requires a mixture of heavy cream and whole milk. The quantity of milk and cream is personal: some chefs prefer to use more cream, some other more milk. I like to use 3 parts of milk and 1 part of milk.
HOW TO COOK THE POTATOES? – The traditional way requires baking exclusively. Recently, some chefs started to pre-cook the potatoes into the milk and cream mixture, then finish the Dauphinoise potatoes into the oven.
DAUPHINOISE POTATOES VARIATIONS
The Gratin Dauphinoise is also an excellent base to prepare tasty variations mixing one or more of these ingredients:
CHEESE: adding medium hard cheese like Gruyere or Fontina grated between the potato laters and on the top.
MEAT: for instance ham, or bacon.
OTHER VEGETABLES: like sliced mushrooms, or zucchini, or asparagus.
DAUPHINOISE POTATOES RECIPE
POTATOES AU GRATIN
SERVING THE DAUPHINOISE POTATOES
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 588 Total Fat 39g Saturated Fat 25g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 12g Cholesterol 119mg Sodium 251mg Carbohydrates 53g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 5g Sugar 7g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 9g
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