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Bijouxs Basics: Potato Gratin with Green Chile

Everyday beauty is all around us and it’s right here in our kitchens. A little jewel, Potato Gratin, bubbling hot from the oven provokes images of comfort and the simple beauty of cooking at home. Bijouxs Basics celebrates the images of cooking at home.

Potato Gratin, piping hot from the oven with layers of creamy potatoes, a crispy brown cheese topping and inside a surprise, a middle layer of roasted green chile, a taste combination that is hard to resist. Potato Gratin is a modern take on classic Potato Dauphinois, made simple. Potatoes, cream, garlic and cheese complete this Bijouxs Basics ingredient list; green chiles are an optional addition.

Preparing a potato gratin is easiest when the ingredients are fully prepped prior to assembly. Peel and slice the potatoes thin (either with a simple handheld slicer or a sharp knife) placing the slices immediately in a bowl of cold water to prevent the potatoes from turning brown as you work. Grate the cheese, prepare the green chiles and place the cream in the saucepan and you are ready to assemble the gratin.

Bijouxs Basics gratin places the drained, sliced potatoes into a saucepan of simmering cream for 5 minutes prior to layering the potatoes in the baking dish, providing a head start on the baking process. A quick rub of cut garlic to the bottom and sides of the baking dish provides just a hint of garlic to the gratin.

To include a middle layer of green chile, add half the potatoes to the baking dish, a layer of green chile, and then the remaining potatoes. It is important to note if you are using freshly roasted chiles, such as Hatch chiles, be sure to taste the chiles and adjust the amount you add based on their heat factor. The heat factor of chiles will vary. (The Hatch chiles used here happened to be mild, but I have encountered some very hot chiles that were labeled as mild, so a test taste is always in order.) Canned mild green chiles may also be used.

The potato gratin may be baked in one large baking dish (9 x 13 x 2-inch), but I have taken to baking smaller, multiple gratins. The smaller gratins are wonderful placed around the dining table allowing guests to easily serve themselves with ease, providing ample crispy topping for all. Smaller gratin baking dishes are a Bijouxs Basics essential for the kitchen, versatile for cobblers, baked pastas, etc. Another beautiful aspect of serving a gratin is that is can be baked up to a few days ahead and reheated prior to serving.

Potato Gratin, a Bijouxs Basics little jewel, part of the everyday beauty all around us, right here in our kitchens.

As always, enjoy. B
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  1. tandteacake writes

    Mhh, for some reason, the simplest dishes are very often the most blissful ones. There is just one word that describes potato gratin best: comforting.

    Tobias

    • Bijouxs writes

      Greetings! Yes, the operative word for potato gratin is comfort – figured we could all use a little bit of comfort in the days following Irene. Thanks for being a part of Bijouxs!

  2. I love potato gratin and spice and putting the two together sounds delicious! I also like to make a potato gratin with green apples and caramelized onions. The sweetness goes really well with a sharper cheese like gruyere.

    The Dinner Belle for Kimberlybelle.com

    • Bijouxs writes

      Hi Kimberly -Love your combination for the gratin! Just such a beautiful, classic dish. Thanks for sharing with Bijouxs!

  3. Sippitysup writes

    You must have A/C ;-) GREG

    • Bijouxs writes

      Don’t you love Mother Nature’s timing? Actually cooked these are while during our cool LA summer – worth turning on the oven though for these.

  4. Wow, what an inspired combination, and those photos are WOW!

    • Bijouxs writes

      Potatoes, green chile and cheese- it’s just that simple. Thank you from Bijouxs!

  5. mjskit writes

    You had me at Potato but then when you added the green chile – YUM!!! Wonderful gratin. Great recipe and beautiful pictures to show it off.

    • Bijouxs writes

      Hi Mj! I see you are a green chile lover too! Hope you enjoy the recipe and thank you for the kind words, and most of all thanks for being a part of Bijouxs!

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