Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Au Gratin Potatoes with Bacon

Au Gratin Potatoes

I recently shared with you my recipe for Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes. This recipe has all the same enticing flavors of scalloped potatoes, but is enriched with the addition of Gruyere cheese (instead of Parmesan), fresh garlic (instead of garlic salt), fresh thyme (instead of dried thyme) and is accentuated with the smoky taste of Applewood bacon. In English, au gratin usually means “with cheese,” whereas in French it refers to a dish “with a crusty top.” Well this dish has both. Originating in Switzerland, Gruyere is the classic French melting cheese. It’s a fine, mellow cheese which adds a rich, slightly salty taste to a dish, without an overpowering flavor. Whether you consider this casserole to be French or American, it is the epitome of comfort food. Au gratin potatoes are easy to prepare and make an ideal side dish to any meal.



Preheat oven to 350° F. 

Chop onion and garlic. Finely chop fresh thyme. Grate cheese.


Cook bacon. Set aside to cool. When cool, crumble bacon.


Heat olive in large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until they are translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes, stirring often. 




Stir in cornstarch until bubbly. Add the cream, milk and thyme. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Simmer until thickened. 



Add cheese, salt and pepper. Continue simmering until cheese is melted.


Using a mandolin slicer, or a very sharp knife, cut the potatoes crosswise into 1/8-inch thick slices. Toss the potato slices in a large mixing bowl with the warm cream mixture to coat.



In a 13x9x2-inch baking dish (or other 2-quart baking dish), neatly arrange 1/3 of the potato mixture. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the bacon pieces. 




Repeat layers 2 more times. Pour any remaining cheese sauce over all.


Bake, uncovered, for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours. You should be able to gently poke a fork through the potatoes when finished. If top browns too quickly, cover with foil and continue baking. (In this house, there’s no such thing as being “too brown” on the top. We love a crispy top.)
 


Let stand 10 minutes to cool slightly, then serve.


Au Gratin Potatoes


AU GRATIN POTATOES WITH BACON
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound Applewood Smoked Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 8 medium size potatoes, preferably Yukon Gold, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) grated Gruyere cheese

DIRECTIONS:

 
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Heat olive in large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until they are translucent,
    about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes, stirring often.
3. Stir in cornstarch until bubbly. Add the cream, milk and thyme. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Simmer
    until thickened. Add cheese, salt and pepper. Continue simmering until cheese is melted.
4. Using a mandolin slicer, or a very sharp knife, cut the potatoes crosswise into 1/8-inch thick slices.
5. Toss the potato slices in a large mixing bowl with the warm cream mixture to coat.
6. In a 13x9x2-inch baking dish (or other 2-quart baking dish), neatly arrange 1/3 of the potato mixture.
    Sprinkle with 1/3 of the bacon pieces. Repeat layers 2 more times. Pour any remaining cheese sauce
    over all.
7. Bake, uncovered, for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours. You should be able to gently poke a fork through the
    potatoes when finished. If top browns too quickly, cover with foil during last 30 minutes of baking.
8. Let stand 10 minutes to cool slightly, then serve.

10 comments:

  1. Childhood memories in this dish! Love your updated version and can't wait to make it. Pinned! <3

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    1. Thanks so much for pin! Let me know when you try it. :)

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  2. Oh my gosh these sound delicious. They caught my eye over at the Share Your Stuff party!
    Marie@TheInteriorFrugalista

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    1. It's a comforting side dish, for sure. Thanks so much for stopping by from the Share Your Stuff party!

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  3. This looks delicious and we love anything with bacon.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

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    1. Doesn't bacon just make everything taste better??? You have a great week also!

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  4. I just pinned your awesome Au Gratin Potatoes with Bacon, can't wait to make this delicious dish of potatoes. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks so much for the pin. Hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do. Have a wonderful week, Miz Helen.

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  5. Pinning this! Thanks for sharing on The Jenny Evolution's weekly Friday Flash Blog linky party. Have a terrific weekend.

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution

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    1. Happy to share. Thanks so much for the pin. Have a great week! :)

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