Friday, November 26, 2010

ffwd - potato gratin

One of the things I'm learning on this journey of cooking with French Fridays with Dorie, is to appreciate the subtle flavors, and the highlighting of one or two ingredients in her recipes. For a person who loves the recipes of Bobby, Emeril and K-Paul (and don't forget, living in the Southwest!), this is a lesson in understatement. And it's lovely. There's no bam, there's no bold flavors, but the combinations that we put together bring out the best in the several ingredients in each recipe.

This week's recipe is a perfect example. It really highlights the flavor of the potatoes, adding the warmth of garlic, and the richness of cream.

I've read some of the other posts about this recipe, and agree that different (or more!) cheese would be great. Bacon, or ham - another nice addition. Or even changing up the herbs - I was tempted to use some fresh rosemary -  but in keeping with my project, I stuck to the original recipe. And I happily did. Both elegant and comforting. Rich and homey.  
my gratin, with it's yummy topping of toasty cheese
beautiful layers of creamy, potatoey goodness

 What a surprise when I was getting ready to make this recipe - the December issue of Bon Appetit arrived - and there it was, a menu by Dorie... A Cozy French Supper featuring none other than the potato gratin. Several other recipes are included in the recipe, including some fabulous-looking short ribs. I was already making a different recipe for short ribs, so I'll tuck that idea away for later.

The next surprise came when I was baking my favorite cake to share at this time of year - Spiced Cranberry Cake . I happened to look at the recipe while it was baking, and for the first time, realized that it was also a Dorie recipe! I've made it often since it was first published, and it's always a hit.


  1. Dorie just knows how to come up with them, doesn't she!
    Very nice.

  2. I totally loved the subtle flavor...oh so creamy and delicious! Glad you enjoyed this dish too!!

  3. How neat the cake you love is Dories recipe! She is a great cook, isn't she!
    Your dish looks wonderful, I loved this recipe too!

  4. Your gratin looks delicious. Fun post to read. I also loved this version of potato gratin...I expect to make it often, even this week again.

  5. Hi from one Candy to another!

    Your gratin looks beautiful! I stuck with the recipe as written and am glad I did. It is simply perfect!

  6. Candy, yes to the gratin, always! We really enjoyed it. I do have the December issue of Bon Apetit, but I am still perusing the November one! Now I am looking forward to the new one even more!