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French Fridays with Dorie: Potato Gratin

I have been dying to share this all week.  I was on top of my game this week and made Dorie’s Potato Gratin on Monday night and it was ahhhmazing!  Even my kids were gobbling it up, gruyere cheese and all!  I also may have cheated and made next week’s recipe (a delicious roast chicken) the same night.  This recipe was incredibly simple.  

My first problem was how many potatoes to use.  I went with these 5.  The next problem was that I don’t have a mandolin so I had to cut these very thin by hand.  I used a softer yellow potato that would cook relatively fast.  Problem three, I was out of cooking butter so I had to use my butter spread.  The good news – everything turned out!  

After warming up the heavy cream mixture and layering it with the potatoes, I realized I forgot another step – to add salt and pepper between the layers!  Too late for that now, so I sprinkled some on top.

The final step is to top with gruyere.  So I live in Wisconsin, the dairy capital of the country.   We have a lot of cheese.  Gruyere happens to be one that we don’t have a lot of.  So I found some…and it cost me well..about $10 for a 1/2 pound.  On this shopping trip – there was a huge assortment of cheeses….

Gruyere wasn’t there.   It was hidden away with the other imported snotty cheeses.  We Wisconsinites like our local stuff.  Guess what…I really like gruyere!    So Wisconsin cheese artisans here’s a little plea from me…please make me some gruyere!  Or make me something like gruyere!  

The best part of this recipe is how simple it is, really only a handful of ingredients.  I made mine in a springform pan.  This wasn’t the best idea because it doesn’t have a tight seal but it did allow me to make sure all the liquid was cooked off.  Doesn’t that cheesy goodness look delicious??

This was easy to cut into wedges and serve. It was a little bit rich but there is a lot of cream in it.  I know that adding more salt and pepper and probably some herbs would have made a big flavor difference.  I’ll be making this again with those additions.  

I’m really enjoying these weekly cooking challenges and this cookbook.  If you are looking for a great cookbook for a foodie friend pick up Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.  If you’re interested in participating in the Friday challenges head over to French Friday’s with Dorie and join us!


  1. Nice post. They look delicious!

  2. Your gratin turned out really well.

    I've had Wisconsin cheese, through a colleague, and it is very good!

  3. Great looking PG! I made the same thing this week and my kids ate it up too! I payed a pretty penny for that G. cheese..Im sure that will be the last time I do that!!

  4. Your potatoes look divine. I'm looking forward to making this next week! (With the chicken too!!)

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