Monday, September 14, 2009

Potato Gratin with Fresh Herbs

When you find purple potatoes . . . drench them in herb-infused cream? Yep! Unless you're on a diet, it's a great idea! My first experience with this dish was last Thanksgiving, and when I found "all blue" potatoes at the Green City Market in Chicago, I knew I was going to drag them home just for this recipe. Serious comfort food . . .
4 pounds mixed baby potatoes, such as Red Bliss, Peruvian Purples, and Fingerlings
2 cups heavy cream, plus some to cover
4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
2 sprigs each fresh thyme, sage, and rosemary
2 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Halve the potatoes and toss them into a large baking dish and season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, put the cream, butter, herbs, and garlic in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, to infuse the cream with flavor. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour the hot cream mixture over the potatoes; if there is not enough cream to go 3/4 of the way up the potatoes then pour some additional cream on top to make up the difference. Sprinkle the Parmesan evenly over the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked through and top begins to brown. Top with additional fresh thyme and serve with additional fresh rosemary as a garnish. Serve immediately, or cover and keep warm until ready to serve.
- Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray, via

1 comment:

Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen said...

Lovely dish! The purple potatoes look stunning. I have a big batch of purple peruvians from the market, and can't wait to use them in a dish like this,