Sweet Potato Gratin Dauphinois

December 27, 2013

Sweet Potato Gratin Dauphinois
My mum made a classic potato gratin dauphinois for Christmas Eve dinner. IT.WON.RAVES.I swear I saw guests on the brink of fighting each other over the last bit (I won’t point fingers nor name anyone in particular, I just want YOU to know that I saw what happened!)
That’s something I would have never expected.
I don’t mean to diminish my mom’s cooking, but a gratin dauphinois is a pretty simple dish — potatoes cooked/baked in a milk mixture and topped with some cheese. Easy.
Apparently, just a very few ingredients deliver an irresistible creamy potato side dish that almost caused a brawl between two gentlemen. Who knew?

Sweet Potato Gratin Dauphinois
What I actually knew - right away - was that I wanted to make a gratin dauphinois using sweet potatoes, instead of regular potatoes.
An American twist on a French classic.
What came out of the oven was a decadent, ridiculously good, oozing with flavor, kinda healthish, side dish.

Sweet Potato Gratin Dauphinois


About the healthish claim...I know it may look like it is laden with cheese (and calories). It’s really not.
Yes, there’s some butter and some cheese, but more importantly there are tons of melt-in-your mouth sweet potatoes, so delicious and so good for you.
Plus, a serving of this sweet potato gratin dauphinois goes a long way.
Just make sure to prepare enough for your whole crew or, next thing you know, a brawl might start in your dining room.
Sweet Potato Gratin Dauphinois
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Adapted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Ingredients
Serves 8

2 lbs / 900 gr sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick
1 garlic clove, halved
2 cups / 500 ml milk (your choice of milk, I used “regular” milk)
½ cup (1 stick) / 4 oz / 113 gr butter
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 cup / 3 oz / 85 gr grated Gruyère cheese (or other good tasting cheese)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F (175°C) and place a rack in the middle.
Rub inside of a 9-by-12-inch oval baking dish with cut sides of garlic. Set aside.
In a large pot, heat milk and butter over medium heat until bubbles form around edge.
Add sweet potatoes, nutmeg, salt and pepper, bring to a simmer and cook on low for 10 minutes.
Transfer sweet potatoes and milk to the baking dish and sprinkle with Gruyere.
Bake in the oven (with a baking sheet placed on the rack below to catch drips) until potatoes are fork tender, milk has been absorbed and top is bubbling and brown, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Serve hot!

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 274 calories, 17 grams of fat, 25 grams of carbs and 7 grams of protein.

17 comments :

  1. Can't wait to make this with my (French) boyfriend next week...I rarely make French food at home because of the ridiculous amounts of cream/butter/lard, so a healthier gratin sounds perfect!

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    1. This is like America meets France, so I think it's perfect for you guys!

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  2. This looks ridiculously good!

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  3. Oh my, that looks delicious! My youngest LOVES sweet potatoes. Will have to give this a try for sure.

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    1. That's awesome Lauren, lemme know how she likes it!

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  4. Oh yeah, definitely giving this recipe a try!

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  5. Hmmmmmmmm this sounds so good my boyfriend would love this! Thanks for sharing : )

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  6. I love the idea of making Gratin Dauphinois with sweet potatoes. It looks absolutely delicious!

    Certainly worthy of fighting over the last bits...

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  7. love the gratin dishes where are they from will definitely try this amazing recipe

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  8. i was going to make this and use a quiche cookware- 4' by 21/2' ceramic. Is this kind of what's in the pictures that you used? Also can use almond milk,i try to make paleo which wondering how will be w/out cheese.

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  9. I had couple questions. First is it ok to use almond milk? second- I was wondering would quiche ceramic cookware work to cook these in? That's what looks like you did from the pictures. Mine are 4' by 2 1/2'.

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