French Potatoes Gratin Dauphinois


When  I was going through some old recipes, I’m looking to declutter, I found an old an easy Potatoes Dauphinois recipe that I made faithfully as an accompaniment to baked ham. I remember the delicious baked potato casserole and I made it again this year for Easter. The dish did not disappoint and was as wonderful as we remembered! Nutmeg adds a delicate flavor that enhances the potatoes, cream, and gruyere cheese.  And you can ready the dish in advance, refrigerate and bake later.

This recipe is easy to double if you are serving a large group.

6 medium-size potatoes, Yukon golden potatoes

1 1/2 cup grated gruyere cheese

1/4 cup shallots, finely minced

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup heavy cream


Preheat oven to 325F.

Peel and thinly slice the potatoes on a mandoline or vegetable slicer (about 1/8-inch-thick slices). Combine salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a small bowl.


Layer 1/2 of the potatoes into a baking dish, 13x9x2. Pour half of the cream over the potatoes, then 1/2 of shallots, season with 1/2 salt, black pepper and nutmeg mixture, and sprinkle with half of the Gruyere cheese. Top with the remaining potatoes then add shallots, sprinkle again with black pepper and nutmeg. Pour on the remaining cream, and sprinkle with remaining Gruyere cheese. Sprinkle a little nutmeg on top.


Bake for 2 hours or until potatoes are tender and liquid is absorbed.

Makes 6 servings.



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