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Potato Gratin with Gruyere, Bacon, and Leeks


Serves 8

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 95

This rich, creamy gratin gets a note of smokiness from the bacon between the layers of tender potatoes. Create your own potato gratin with the Recipe Maker.

  • 2-1/2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled & sliced into 1/8-inch thick rounds
  • 2-1/2 cups heavy or light cream
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 oz. bacon
  • 3 medium leeks, white and light-green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 6 oz. grated Gruyère
  • 2 to 3 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Butter or oil a 3-quart gratin dish; set aside.

Put the potatoes, cream , 1/2 tsp. salt, and a few grinds of pepper in a 12-inch skillet. Simmer, partially covered, over medium to medium-low heat, stirring occasionally and gently with a rubber spatula until the potatoes are barely tender when pierced with a fork or skewer, 8 to 12 minutes.

In a medium skillet, cook the bacon until browned and fully cooked. Set aside to cool, reserving 2 Tbs. of the fat in the skillet. Heat the reserved fat over medium-high heat and sauté leeks until tender, fragrant, and lightly browned. Season to taste with salt and pepper. When the bacon is cool, crumble it into small pieces.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer half the potatoes to the prepared gratin dish, spreading them evenly. Layer on the leeks, bacon, Gruyère, theyme, and nutmeg. Top with the remaining potatoes spreading them evenly, and pour over any liquid remaining in the pan.

In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and melted butter.

Evenly scatter the topping mixture over the potatoes. Bake the gratin until it’s bubbly, the top is brown, and the potatoes are completely tender when poked with a fork or a skewer, 25 to 30 minutes. Let the gratin sit for at least 10 and up to 30 minutes before serving so the liquid is fully absorbed and the layers are cohesive.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 520, Fat (kcal): 42, Fat Calories (g): 370, Saturated Fat (g): 25, Protein (g): 14, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 12, Carbohydrates (mg): 25, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 2, Sodium (g): 260, Cholesterol (g): 145, Fiber (g): 2,

Photo: Scott Phillips

This dish is heavenly good. Quite possibly the finest potato "casserole" I've ever made. Don't skimp on ingredients (gruyere means gruyere, heavy creme means heavy creme) and follow directions for what will become an heirloom classic. I used panko crumbs on top for the most delightful crunch. 5 Stars!

I just tried this recipe; Using less cheese and incorporating all ingredients when placing into baking dish will net better results. More nutmeg may make this dish better as well.

This dish was bland and too greasy.

Wonderful...I make it with either yukon gold or redskins and it turns out great.

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