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Creamy Potato and Apple Gratin

Potatoes,  apples and a creamy cheese sauce combine to make a decadent side dish  for any  special  autumn supper or holiday meal.
Creamy Potato and Apple Gratin

Creamy Potato and Apple Gratin

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe of the day is for a potato and  apple  gratin for #HolidaySideDishes week. We’ve  posted several  times already as a group and  today is the final  day. You can see today’s recipe selection below and also additional recipes earlier in the week  for Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese  as well  as Creamed Spinach. Each  day will also include a  different roundup so  check them both  for the full  selection.

What are Gratins?

Gratins as a rule are very popular at the holidays. These are French casseroles which layer vegetables and or fruits and cover them with something  that will brown nicely, such as cheese or  crumbs. Most people are family with Potatoes au gratin.

Cuisine of the French Alps

This version  adds in apples for a very harvest feel.  Apples  pair  gorgeously with  potatoes, especially  when the right kinds of  cheeses are used. For this type  of dish, I like using something  Alpine- and  have  used a blend here of Gruyere, which is a type of Swiss, Butterkase and Raclette.

Pairings

I have added a little bit of  caramelized onion  as well, for that extra bit of  flavor.  I  cook with this combination often, especially if I am serving pork.  This gratin is  amazing with a pork  loin roast,  a baked ham,  or  even something as pedestrian as pan fried  pork chops.

A Place at the Holiday Table

As part of  a Thanksgiving  spread, it extends the meal outwards from the usual turkey and stuffing,  to provide options for those families who also bake a ham, or wish to  provide  something that can be a side dish yet double as a vegetarian entree.

Creamy Potato and Apple Gratin

#HolidaySideDishes

We’re sharing  our favorite turkey trimmings  recipes this week!  Make sure to check out all the awesome Holiday Side Dishes:

Creamy Potato and Apple Gratin

Creamy Potato and Apple Gratin

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Creamy  Potato and Apple Gratin

Creamy Potato and Apple Gratin

Creamy Potato and Apple Gratin

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Keyword: apples, autumn recipes, potatoes
Servings: 8
Author: Sue Lau

Ingredients

  • 1 pound russet potatoes peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 2 medium baking apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 ounces Murrays Mac & Cheese blend (may sub 2 ounces Gruyere, 2 ounces Butterkase and 2 ounces Raclette cheeses or a combination thereof)
  • pinch nutmeg

Cream sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Thinly slice potatoes and keep submerged under cold water while you prep to keep them from darkening.
  • Also the apples.
  • Saute the onions in the butter until softened and set aside.
  • Prepare the cream sauce: heat the butter and whisk in the flour until smooth; let cook about half a minute.
  • Stir in the seasonings and milk, whisking over low heat until mixture comes to a boil.
  • Let cook one minute to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cubes of softened cream cheese.
  • Butter a large casserole or gratin dish.
  • Alternate layers of potato, apple and onion with the sauce.
  • Cover the dish with foil and bake for one hour and fifteen minutes.
  • Remove the foil and sprinkle with the cheese blend and a little bit of nutmeg.
  • Return to the oven and bake about 30 minutes more, or until the top is golden and the potatoes are tender.
  • The gratin should be done, but test with a fork and if it is not, recover the pan with the foil so the cheese doesn't get too dark and bake at ten minute intervals until it is done. You definitely do not want underdone potatoes- and the thickness of those determines the time more than anything else.

Notes

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com

Creamy  Potato and Apple Gratin

Creamy Potato and Apple Gratin

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