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Potatoes gratin, scalloped potatoes or cheesy potatoes -- whatever you call them, they are all good

Potatoes gratin is a near fool-proof, sublime indulgence.  And let's be clear -- they are an indulgence and not a good idea for everyday consumption.  For that special occasion, there is nothing better.  Below is my basic recipe, which has as many variations as your imagination.  Before starting this recipe see my method post on potatoes gratin for the many variables you can consider.  Or keep it really simple and just follow this recipe.

Cream or milk?

This recipe calls for mostly cream and a little milk.  There is nothing written in stone about using cream vs. milk, but I prefer the texture and taste of a cream-based gratin.  That is not to say milk-based gratins are not wonderful.  If you are adverse to cooking with cream, substitute 2% milk and add 1 T of butter to dot each layer of potatoes.  They will be fabulous.

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Potatoes gratin

Potatoes gratin are a near fool-proof, sublime indulgence. And let’s be clear, they are an indulgence, but worth every mouthful for that special occasion meal.

  • Author: Something New For Dinner
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hours
  • Total Time: 1 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


  • 2.5 pounds of yukon gold potatoes
  • 3 t fresh chopped rosemary or thyme
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cups shredded Gruyere
  • 2 T grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups cream
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk


  1. Heat oven to 350. Butter a disposable 13 x 9 x 2″ foil pan.
  2. Using a mandolin, slice your potatoes into 1/8 inch slices. Pick out one third of the most uniform slices and reserve for the top layer.
  3. Arrange one third of the slices in an overlapping arrangement on the bottom of the pan until the entire pan is covered. Season heavily with herbs, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with one third of the cheese. Repeat until you have three layers, taking care that your last layer uses the most uniform slices. This is for appearance only. It will taste great if you use irregular slices. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of the third layer.
  4. Pour the cream and milk carefully over the layered potatoes and cheese. Bake for half an hour. Remove from the oven and press down gently on potatoes with a spatula to submerge any potatoes that are not in the cream. Return to oven and bake another 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand at least 10 minutes. Cover with foil if you will not be serving right away.

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  1. Cameron Campbell says:

    This is a very tasty side dish! I am looking forward to having it again in the future.

  2. Kathy Woodbury says:

    Made these potatoes with the rack of lamb for a dinner for 14 this weekend. RAVE REVIEWS. I used a Gruyere/Cheddar combo cheese from Trader Joes. Doubled the recipe but did not quite double the cream mixture. These pots were AMAZING.

  3. kim says:

    I made these tonight for a family gathering; huge hit!

    1. Kim says:

      I am glad everyone enjoyed them!

  4. jean gordon says:

    superb. made them for thanksgiving and kept hearing “these potatoes are GREAT! thanks kim! jg

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