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Gratin Dauphinois

Ingredients
Serves:
13
Organic Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
3 cup s
(24 oz) Heavy organic cream
3 clove s
garlic, peeled, 2 minced, 1 cut in half
1 teaspoon
salt
1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper, freshly ground
1/2 cup
(4 oz) Crème fraîche
1/2 cup
(4 oz) Organic Swiss cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. (180°C). Bring a tea kettle or saucepan of water to a boil.
  2. With a sharp knife, cut the potatoes crosswise into slices 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick.
  3. In a mixing bowl, toss together the potatoes, cream, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  4. In a baking dish, arrange the potato mixture in an even layer.
  5. Place the casserole inside a roasting pan.
  6. Pull out the middle shelf of the oven. Place the roasting pan on the shelf.
  7. Carefully pour into the roasting pan enough of the boiling water to come half way up the side of the baking dish.
  8. Carefully slide the rack into the oven, taking care not to slosh the boiling water.
  9. Bake until the potatoes are tender enough to be pierced easily with the tip of a skewer, about 1-1/2 hours.

Assemble Gratin

  1. Carefully remove the roasting pan from the oven.
  2. Raise the oven temperature to 450 degrees F. Bring 1 quart of water to a boil.
  3. Rub the inside of a large gratin dish all over with the halved garlic clove.
  4. Spread half of the crème fraîche in the dish.
  5. With a large spoon, spread half of the prepared potatoes in the dish.
  6. Distribute the remaining crème fraîche on top, then the remaining potatoes.
  7. Sprinkle evenly with the Swiss cheese.
  8. Put the gratin dish into the baking pan, put the pan on the oven rack, and carefully pour boiling water into the pan to come half way up the side of the gratin dish.
  9. Slide the rack into the oven and bake until the cheese has melted and formed a golden-brown crust, about 15 minutes.
  10. To serve, spoon the potato gratin from the dish onto individual serving plates.

To serve, spoon the potato gratin from the dish onto individual serving plates.

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