Potatoes Dauphinoise are potatoes, cream, cheese, and a French lineage. They’re like scalloped potatoes and potatoes au gratin but are even more fancy but without being fussy. We really don’t think comfort food gets any more comfort-y than this.
- Quick Glance
- 25 M
- 2 H, 30 M
- Serves 6 to 8
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and butter a 9-by-13-inch or a 9-by-9-inch baking dish or similar-size casserole.
Place the cream in a pot with the garlic cloves, thyme sprigs, and salt and warm it over medium-high heat just until bubbles begin to form around the edge of the pot, maybe 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, discarding the garlic and thyme.
Ladle a small amount of seasoned cream in the bottom of the baking dish. Add a layer of potatoes, overlapping them slightly and spreading them evenly. Sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg and some salt and fresh ground pepper. Spoon a layer of cream over top, and repeat with the remaining ingredients, alternating layers of potatoes, nutmeg, salt and pepper and seasoned cream. When finished, pour any excess cream over the top, shaking the casserole dish around to distribute the cream evenly. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes if using a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours if using a 9-by-9-inch square baking dish.
Remove the foil, top the potatoes with the cheese, and bake an additional 25 minutes, or until the top is golden and bubbly and a small knife slides easily into the center of the potatoes. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Sweet Potato and Squash Dauphinoise Variation
Substitute 1 medium sweet potato and 1 small butternut squash for half the potatoes.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
This potatoes Dauphinoise recipe is delicious and easy to make. I love the flavor that the garlic-infused cream imparts to the potatoes during the long cooking time. I used the option of Gruyère instead of Parmesan, but I think it would be equally good either way. While the cooking time is long, it’s almost all hands-off, so you can let the potatoes bubble away in the oven while you turn your attention to the other components of your meal. This dish also works well made ahead as it reheats beautifully.
This classic potatoes Dauphinoise recipe is time-consuming yet simple to prepare. From prep to table is about 2 1/2 hours, and it's worth every minute of it. The actual hands-on time is about 25 minutes; the rest of the time is spent in the oven. I simply washed and sliced my russets, without peeling. The heavy cream, nutmeg, and, thyme give this a hearty yet elegant flavor and texture that is certain to impress even the harshest critic.