Au Gratin Potatoes Glam It Up

There's something comforting about a creamy, cheesy potato dish in the winter months. And while often thought of as casual fare, au gratin potatoes can go from nonchalant to elegant when special occasions call with a simple change of a few key ingredients. Here we've infused earthy thyme, rosemary and bay into a nutmeg-laced cream sauce. But that's just the beginning.

au gratin potatoes

Substitute your favorite combination of herbs and spices for a new flavor profile – give sage and thyme a try, or allspice with a pinch of cardamom. Drizzle a rich finishing oil over the top such as walnut, truffle or a peppery extra virgin olive oil. Or try a different combination of cheeses like smoked provolone and Asiago or a single cheese such as cheddar or Swiss.

Thyme and rosemary au gratin potato recipe

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled
  • 2/3 cup grated Gruyere
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter, garlic, thyme, rosemary and bay leaf over low heat; steep four minutes, and remove from heat. Slice potatoes 1/8-inch thick.
  3. In a large oven-proof skillet, drizzle one teaspoon of the butter mixture. Arrange potatoes in a neat overlapping pattern. Sprinkle potatoes with salt and pepper, and drizzle with butter mixture. Top with 1/3 of the cheeses; repeat two more times, reserving the remaining 1/3 of the cheeses.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, cream and nutmeg; pour over potatoes. Sprinkle remaining cheeses on top. Place pan in oven; bake 40 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand five minutes before serving.

More holiday-worthy potato recipes

Sweet potato souffle
Creamy garlic mashed potatoes
Roasted potatoes and turnips

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