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Diane Rossen Worthington
This potato and onion gratin recipe features layers of potatoes flavored with a sweet onion saute and crowned with a garlic cheese topping that crisps up as it finishes baking.
The onions are slowly cooked until they become a tasty tangle of sweet onion rings. This hearty potato and onion gratin recipe can be served in a variety of ways. Accompany this with simple roasted meats, chicken or fish.
You could also serve this potato and onion gratin recipe as a vegetarian dish along with sauteed green beans or zucchini. This is an excellent side dish for any holiday meal.
The russets (often called an Idaho potato) or Yukon Gold's become slightly creamy as the potatoes bake in the broth. Chicken or vegetable broth and just a bit of butter moisten the potatoes. Layers of garlic, chopped parsley and Gruyere cheese add an extra layer of flavor. You'll find that you don't need tons of cream and butter to have an outstanding result with this recipe.
I used to cook this potato and onion gratin recipe in a deep souffle dish, but through trial and error I discovered that a shallow baking dish actually cooked more evenly and allowed for much more topping. So here is a hint for all of you crust lovers: Look for a shallow baking dish for any gratins you may cook so that there is more area on top for a crusty topping.
Potatoes and Onion Gratin Recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour 22 minutes
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
Potatoes and Onion Gratin Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
4 medium cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese
4 pounds Russet baking or Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into small pieces
Potatoes and Onion Gratin Recipe Instructions
1. To make the onions: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the onions and the sugar and saute for about 15 to 20, minutes or until browned and caramelized. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook another 2 minutes, until the vinegar is evaporated and the onions are very brown. Season with salt and pepper. Reserve.
2. Preheat an oven to 375 F. Combine the garlic, parsley, cheese and some black pepper in a small mixing bowl. Oil a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
3. Layer half the potatoes on the bottom of the pan. Spread the onion mixture over the potatoes evenly. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle half of the cheese mixture evenly on top. Layer the remaining potatoes over the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Pour the chicken stock over the potatoes. Sprinkle with the remaining garlic-cheese mixture evenly over the top and dot with the butter.
4. Cover with buttered foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking uncovered for 30 more minutes or until the top is brown and crusty and the potatoes are fork tender.
Advance Preparation: This may be made 4 hours ahead and left at room temperature. Reheat in a 375F oven for 20 minutes or until bubbling.
Potatoes and Onion Gratin Recipe Tips
-- Look for potatoes that are firm, smooth-skinned and dark brown. Make sure there is no green discoloration on the potato.
-- Keep potatoes in a cool, dark place, and make sure you remove the plastic bag; otherwise they will go bad very quickly.
-- Choose other favorite melting cheeses like Fontina, Gouda or Comte.
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