Monday, December 20, 2010

Good Ideas: Individual Potato Gratins

Here is a great idea. Instead of making a huge casserole size potato gratin, make individual ones. You can assemble them in the morning, and bake them an hour before dinner. They look pretty, and there are less rules involved.

I made just 2, because I had 6 small yellowfin potatoes left. You can use any herb you like, and you don't have to measure a thing. It's all about the layering.

I like to use 5" flat gratin dishes, but ramekins work well too.

For 2 individual gratins:

Saute a sliced onion in some olive oil with a tsp of dried thyme, salt and pepper and set aside.

With a mandoline, slice the potatoes (Yukon gold or Yellowfin are best for gratins) super thin, leaving the skins on.

Butter the individual gratin dishes or ramekins and layer sliced potatoes on the bottom, overlapping them. Next, place some cooked onions on top and another layer of potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle each gratin with grated Gruyere or Swiss cheese (approx. 1/4 cup, divided in half).

You are almost done.

Pour some half and half over the cheese to moisten, about 2 tablespoons each.

Place on baking sheets and cover with foil. Bake 40 minutes total, uncovering the gratins the last 10 minutes of baking, so the cheese gets nice and brown.

Let rest 15 minutes before serving.

Save the crusty edges on the sides for me!



My Carolina Kitchen said...

Stacey, I think you've solved my problem that I overeat when I make these potatoes. Individual gratins make a lot of sense and they're so adorable.

mil said...

Anything burned including Ellen's chocolate chips are FOR ME!!
Another beautiful picture!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Yellowfin is a new one on me.

Those looks fantastic.

Jen_from_NJ said...

I am finally off on vacation for two weeks and I am getting caught up on all of the blogs that I have been missing. First stop - Stacey Snacks - everything looks fantastic Stacey! Your good ideas are always so good!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Sorry but we would have to fight for thse lovely burned crispy sides!

Anonymous said...

Stacey....just discovered your blog.....awesome recipes! Have to try this one for sure! Pure comfort food :)

Catherine said...

Amazing. I can't wait to make these.

Kate said...

What a great idea. Loving gratin potatoes I can eat them for all three meals. Portion control! That would help. Your gratins are lovely!

Amanda said...

I love the idea of making individual ones, I'll have to try this sometime. Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I want some of those potatoes - and those gratin dishes. great idea.

Patsyk said...

I love that they are individual portions! I'll have to give these a try since my oldest loves potatoes made any which way!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

This is a great idea. The last time I made a gratin, by the time it was passed around the table, it looked pretty worked over. This way, everyone gets their little personal work of art!

elra said...

Perfect idea for holidays gathering :)

Karen said...

No leftovers... yay! They look great :)

Dana said...

I love those dishes. More crusty stuff! I would like both of those please.

Faith said...

Taking these to Christmas Eve Dinner! They look so cute and delish in their little ramekins!
What a great recipe!

Michele said...

Love this!