This sweet potato gratin is not your grandma’s potato gratin. (And by that we mean no disrespect to anyone’s grandma. We love grandmas. In particular little French grandmas who take to their local fromagerie for Gruyère when they make gratin and who toss it together without measuring or weighing but just by knowing.)–Renee Schettler Rossi
LC Thinly Sliced Spuds Note
We started to wonder, while editing this sweet potato gratin recipe, what our dear readers prefer to reach for when it come time to slice a lotta spuds. A food processor? A mandoline? A paring knife? Go on. Let us know in a comment below.
Sweet Potato Gratin
- Quick Glance
- 45 M
- 2 H
- Serves 6 to 8
- Unsalted butter, for the baking dish
- 1 cup (8 ounces or 250 milliliters) heavy cream
- 1 cup low-sodium homemade vegetable or chicken broth
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed
- 4 sage leaves, torn in half
- Salt and freshly ground white or black pepper
- 2 pounds (1 kilogram) sweet potatoes, preferably garnet
- 2 russet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces or 60 grams) shredded Parmesan
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces or 60 grams) shredded Gruyère cheese
- 1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch (23-by-33-centimeter) or a 3-quart (3-liter) baking dish with butter.
- 2. In a small saucepan, combine the cream, broth, garlic, sage, and a good pinch of salt and pepper over medium-low heat and heat until small bubbles begin to appear around the edge of the pan and the liquid is steaming, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let steep while you prepare the potatoes.
- 3. Cut the rounded ends off each potato, then peel the potatoes. Using a food processor or mandoline fitted with the slicing blade, cut the potatoes crosswise into slices 1/4 inch (6 millimeters) thick. Layer the potato slices, alternating types, in the prepared baking dish. Pour the warm cream mixture through a fine-mesh sieve evenly over the potatoes and discard the garlic and sage. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
- 4. In a small bowl, toss together the Parmesan and Gruyère cheeses.
- 5. Uncover the potatoes and sprinkle with the cheeses. Continue to bake, uncovered, until the mixture is bubbly and thick, 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.