Two Potato Gratin

November 10th, 2016

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There are many things to love about Thanksgiving.  One of my favorite things is the delicious side dishes.  No matter what you do to the turkey, it is still boring in my book.  But the sides can shine and make your table sparkle with vivid colors of orange in the sweet potatoes, red in the cranberry relish, and glistening green in beans or salads.

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I love the idea of combining white and sweet potatoes.  This layered gratin can be partially made ahead which makes it a good side dish for Thanksgiving.  It also travels well if you are bringing a side dish to a hostess’s table.

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This gratin is rich with shallots, Gruyere cheese, and cream.  Over the next few weeks I hope to post some more ideas for Thanksgiving side dishes.  We will be traveling for Thanksgiving, so hopefully a few of them may show up on our host’s table.

TWO POTATO GRATIN (Southern Living Magazine)


2 shallots, diced
1/4 cup butter, divided
2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped chives
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded Gruyère cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


1. Preheat oven to 375°. Sauté shallots in 3 Tbsp. melted butter in a saucepan over medium heat 2 minutes. Stir in cream and next 5 ingredients; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cool 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, peel and thinly slice all potatoes. Combine sliced potatoes and milk in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and microwave at HIGH 5 minutes. Uncover and gently stir mixture. Re-cover and microwave 5 more minutes. Drain mixture, discarding milk.

3. Layer one-third of Yukon gold potatoes in a well-greased (with butter) 9- x 13-inch baking dish; top with one-third of sweet potatoes. Spoon one-third of cream mixture over potatoes, and sprinkle with 1/2 cup Gruyère cheese. Repeat layers twice, and top with Parmesan cheese. Cut remaining 1 Tbsp. butter into small pieces, and dot over top. Cover with foil.

4. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 20 minutes or until browned. Let stand 10 minutes.

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15 responses to “Two Potato Gratin”

  1. Lynne says:

    Looks delicious! Hope you are staying safe. Are the fires near your home? Thinking about you and all the people in your area.

    • Penny says:

      Thank you Lynne. Your response went to the pending file. Just found it. We are safe after the evacuation. 4 days away, but the fires in our area are under control. Appreciate your concern and comment.

  2. Larry says:

    Looks really good Penny – many of my favorite things

  3. Monique says:

    I like dishes we can prepare ahead that are hearty and comforting.:)I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful Penny.

  4. Sandra says:

    I’m going to try this!

  5. Susan says:

    I’m sure this tastes wonderful too! I love to have some do-ahead dishes for Thanksgiving. Happy travels and Happy Thanksgiving to you, Penny!

  6. I’m with you about Thanksgiving dinner, I love the side dishes. I like combining the two potatoes and think they are delicious that way.

  7. We’re thinking of you and praying all is OK with the fires! Watching the news and it does look bad in your area – just hope your lovely property is safe and that rain comes your way soon Penny.
    Mary & Bob xx

    • Penny says:

      Thanks Mary. We had to evacuate, but the fire has moved most of its fury to the West. We are now staying in a friends cabin east of the fire. Don’t know when we can get back into our house but do not feel it is danger at the moment. Thanks to you both for your concern. xo from David and Me.

  8. Maryann Utrata says:

    Hi Penny, I too hope all is safe with you, Dave and your property. Saw Lake Lure on the news tonight with the fires.

    Hang in there.


    • Penny says:

      Maryann! So good to hear from you! I remember when you came to Lake Lure many years ago. Thank you so much for thinking of us and hope all is well with you too. We are back home and it looks like our home is safe from the fires.

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