Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Ultimate Potato Gratin

Cook Time: 1 hr 35 min
Level: Intermediate
Yield: 6 servings


* 1 head savoy cabbage, cored, cleaned, and shredded
* 1 (2-inch) piece slab bacon, thinly sliced
* 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the gratin dish
* 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
* 1/2 bunch fresh chives, finely chopped to 1/4 cup
* Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 2 pounds baking potatoes, unpeeled and thinly sliced (about
1/8-inch), see Cook's note*
* 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
* 2 cups grated Parmesan


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Finely shred the cabbage. Cut the bacon into 1/2-inch chunks. Place a
small skillet over medium-low heat and fry the bacon, until crisp.
Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set

Add 1 tablespoon butter to bacon fat in frying pan. When it has melted
add 1/2 the garlic and give it a quick stir with a wooden spoon to
soften. Add the cabbage and coat it with the butter. Slowly let it
wilt. Add the bacon. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Remove from heat and add most of the chives, reserving a little for
the garnish.

Generously butter the bottom and sides of an ovenproof casserole dish.

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, 1 1/2 cups of cream, 1 cup of
Parmesan, and the remaining garlic, Season with salt and freshly
ground black pepper. Using your hands, place a layer of potatoes in
the casserole dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan and repeat with 2 more
layers. Spoon the cabbage mixture on top and spread it out evenly over
the potatoes. Top it off with 2 more layers of potato and Parmesan.
Pour the remaining 1cup cream over the dish. Sprinkle with the
remaining Parmesan.

Cover dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 1 hour. Remove foil and bake
for 30 minutes until golden brown. Leave for 10 minutes before
serving. Garnish with fresh chives.

*Cook's Note: Slice the potatoes immediately before using so they
don't turn brown.


No comments: