This dish is my paternal Aunt Virgina's version of a classic potato gratin. She always made her gratin with a mixture of heavy cream, her homemade chicken stock and Dijon mustard. She also included dried dill and a fresh herb, usually basil, but would sometimes use thyme, sage or parsley depending on her mood. She was also known to have added the juice and zest of a small lemon on occasion.
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 2-3 quart shallow baking dish. Mix together the salt, black pepper, white pepper, and garlic powder. Peel the potatoes, or not, and slice them 1/8-inch thick (no thicker), by hand, with a mandoline, or with the slicing blade in a food processor. Do not rinse the slices.
Overlap 1/3 of the sliced potatoes in baking dish, like shingles. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the salt/pepper/garlic mixture, 1/2 tsp of the dill, and 1 cup of the cheese. Repeat layering twice, using the rest of the potatoes, divided, sprinkling each layer with half the remaining salt/pepper/garlic mixture, 1/2 teaspoon dill and 1 cup of cheese..Lightly whisk together the cream, chicken stock and mustard in bowl. Stir in chopped basil and pour over the potatoes.
Place the dish on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for 1 hour (or optionally at 325 degrees for 2 hours), or until most of the liquid is absorbed, the top is crusty and starting to brown, and the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. Let the potatoes rest for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.
Makes 8 to 10 side dish servings.
It is important not to rinse or soak the potatoes after slicing them. Rinsing would remove most of the starch, which is needed to thicken the mixture as it bakes in the oven.
The gratin goes well with a simple tossed salad dressed with a vinaigrette. One of the greatest treats of this dish are the leftovers, which can be enjoyed cool or at room temperature the next day.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (347g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 197 (46%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 21.9g||29 %|
|Saturated Fat 12.6g||63 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 6.9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.3g|
|Cholesterol 74.4mg||23 %|
|Sodium 358.4mg||12 %|
|Potassium 977.3mg||26 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 40.1g||12 %|
|Dietary Fiber 2.9g||12 %|
|Sugars, other 37.2g|
|Protein 19.1g||27 %|
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Calories per serving: 428
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