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Red Potato, Cabbage, Bacon & Gruyère Gratin

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Serves eight as a side dish.

Serve this hearty gratin with roasted chicken, sausages, or pork.

For the topping:
  • 4 strips thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh coarse breadcrumbs (from an airy, crusty loaf like ciabatta)
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
  • Kosher salt
For the gratin:
  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter, plus 1/2 tsp. for the dish
  • 10 oz. Savoy cabbage, chopped (about 5 cups of roughly 3/4-inch pieces)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 heaping Tbs. minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup homemade or low-salt chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1-1/4 lb. red potatoes (4 medium), unpeeled
  • 3 oz. grated Gruyère
Make the topping:

In a large saucepan, cook the diced bacon over medium heat until very crisp. With a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. Pour the fat out of the skillet and reserve the skillet (don’t clean it). Mix the breadcrumbs with the melted butter until well combined; add a pinch of salt and the bacon bits and set aside.

Prepare the gratin:

Heat the oven to 350°F. Rub a shallow 2-qt. gratin dish with 1/2 tsp. of the butter.

Over medium-low heat, melt the remaining 3 Tbs. butter in the pan in which the bacon was cooked. Scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pan as the butter melts. Add the cabbage and season with about 1/4 tsp. salt and some pepper. Turn the heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, until the cabbage is wilted and beginning to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, stir, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth and the cream, stir and scrape the pan, and remove from the heat.

Assemble and bake the gratin:

Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and slice the halves thinly. Put the potatoes in a large bowl with a scant 2 tsp. kosher salt and a few grinds of pepper. Add the cabbage mixture, scraping the pan well. Add the Gruyère and, using a rubber spatula, mix gently and thoroughly. Scrape the mixture into the prepared gratin dish, smoothing and pressing until evenly distributed. Cover with the breadcrumb topping and bake until the topping is well browned and the potatoes pull away from the edges and are just tender enough to poke through with a fork, about 1 hour. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

Leftovers

Transfer any leftovers to a smaller ovenproof dish that’s just big enough to hold them, taking care to keep the crust on top. To reheat, drizzle with a little chicken broth, cider, or milk and bake, uncovered, at 350°F until heated through, about 30 minutes.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on eight servings; Calories (kcal): 300; Fat (g): 19; Fat Calories (kcal): 170; Saturated Fat (g): 11; Protein (g): 8; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6; Carbohydrates (g): 24; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): 770; Cholesterol (mg): 55; Fiber (g): 3;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I was a bit reluctant to make this with only one review from such a long time ago. I made the FC recipe "Tuscan Peasant Soup" and had leftover Savoy cabbage and this seemed like a good way to use it. I found it to be worth the effort and would definitely make it again. I made two minor changes. I added a tablespoon of fresh chopped thyme to the cabbage/potato mixture before baking. And then shortly before finishing baking I added grated Parmesan over the breadcrumbs on top. The cabbage does not predominate the taste of the dish. This is a comforting dish good for cold weather.

The flavors in the dish didn't "wow" me. I was disappointed with how much butter it called for and how long it took to make. It might be a good basic accompaniment to corned beef.

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