I had a huge house warming party in Paris last year, where I served around 25 guests dinner. I cooked all day, enjoying the luxury of using French ingredients and produce. The police came, which means we were either really loud or there were a lot more people than I bargained for. The star of the party…… “Potato Gratin!!!!!” As the French say. A few even went as far to say it was better than the French make it! It went something like this…. accompanied by a standing ovation., “Voo mak it bitterrrr zan zi Franch do vit! Walla”!!!!. I must have given that guest too much to drink……a script……and a prompter. :) If only they knew. It IS good though, amazing, I grew up on it as a kid, it’s still a favorite in our family too.
- 10 potatoes
- 600ml of cream
- 2 packets of french onion soup
Pre-heat the oven to 200C
Peel and thinly slice your potatoes. In a casserole dish, line the base with 1 layer of your sliced potatoes, then a thin layerof cream and sprinkle a layer of your french onion soup mix, repeat this until your a few centimeters from the top of the dish. almost the thickness of a cake or pie. Cover with foil. Place into the oven and cook for 60 mins. Take off the foil and cook for another 30 mins so that the top is golden brown. Keep an eye on this, the secret is to cook it right though, so if the top is cooking too fast turn your heat down and cook it for longer. Some ovens you may need to cook it for 2 hours…. don t be afraid, the first time you will need to gauge your oven but after that it will be a breeze and a great dish to accompany meats and fish……
xx Love Nicole