Thursday, 2 February 2012

Simple Gratin Dauphinois

Dear readers,

I hope that you are all keeping yourselves warm this winter! Yesterday, as I was walking home from university, I had a sudden craving for Gratin Dauphinois. I used to make this dish all the time when I was a child, due to it's simplicity. As a student, half of my diet consists of potatoes. I am well known for eating "mountains of mash" on the side of every meal and so I decided to do something different with some of the potatoes from the 5kg bag that I purchase on every shopping trip!


Fortunately, I had some parmesan in the fridge. I find that this beauty goes with almost everything, especially everything potato.


Apart from the parmesan and some milk, my fridge was pretty bare. So this gratin really is simple. It consists of layers of sliced potatoes, softened onions and parmesan, with some milk, salt and pepper. This house does have paprika but, in the end, I forgot to add it! It would have been better with cream instead of milk, but what wouldn't be better with cream?! This version, however, still satisfied my craving nicely.


This recipe is very adaptable. One could add whatever cheese one wished, and mushrooms to the layers (or any vegetable for that matter). I would have loved to add some nutmeg, but that is something that this student house is lacking!


P.S. Sorry (again!) for the delayed posting. I have, actually, been experimenting in the kitchen, but I've experienced a couple of failures! Please stay tuned!

18 comments:

  1. Keep cooooooooking.... All the great inventions are born from experimentation

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  2. I've never made this though I always plan to. Should do it since its so simple and delicious

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  3. They look yummy

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  4. Looks incredible as always.

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  5. oh my -those photos should come with an "18" rating or something like that!!!

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  6. The gratin looks lip-smacking, Hazel!I too am a potato person and would love to see potatoes in just about anything - not so good news for my midriff though;)Keep the recipes coming in and thanks so much for visiting me!!

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  7. Thank you so much for your lovely comment!!
    Do u speak some spanish? because you´ve wrote me in english and spanish.
    Now i´m your new follower, I really like your blog, hope you enjoy the mine.

    Un besito y buen fin de semana!
    http://janakitchen.blogspot.com

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  8. The potatoes look wonderful. Simple recipes sometimes are the best.

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  9. Thanks! I speak basic Spanish. I have been learning since last summer and absolutely love the language! Buen fin de semana a ti! Besitos!

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  10. I could eat just this dish for dinner and be perfectly happy. YUM!

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  11. The potatoes look yummy–I like the idea of adding mushrooms...will have to try that!

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  12. I love potatoes too...and those look delicious!

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  13. This is such a fabulous dish - simple but tasty.

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  14. Great to see that you don't have to live off pasta. Your photographs of the gratin dauphinois are making me feel very hungry.

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  15. Potato and cheese are so simple ingredients but always delicious. I'm admiring all your photos and your gratin dauphinois look very delicious.

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  16. It looks absolutely fabulous! That is one of my favorite gratins.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  17. Your gratin looks scrumptious...I need potato fix rather frequently...this recipe is book marked for such a time!

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