Gratin Dauphinois

Gratin Dauphinois

By Food E Fare

Gratin Dauphinois, often simply referred to as "Dauphinois," is a classic French dish originating from the Dauphiné region in southeast France. This dish is a type of gratin, which means it is baked until golden and crispy on top. Gratin Dauphinois is particularly known for its creamy and rich layers of thinly sliced potatoes that are baked in a flavorful mixture of milk, cream, and garlic. Here's a basic recipe for Gratin Dauphinois:


  • 2 pounds (about 900g) potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (russet or Yukon Gold potatoes are commonly used)
  • 2 cups (475ml) heavy cream
  • 1 cup (240ml) whole milk
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • A pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  • Butter for greasing the baking dish


Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).

Prepare the Potatoes:

  • Peel the potatoes and slice them into thin rounds, about 1/8 inch thick.

Prepare the Cream Mixture:

  • In a saucepan, combine the heavy cream, whole milk, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, and nutmeg (if using). Heat the mixture over medium heat until it is warm but not boiling. Stir to ensure the ingredients are well combined.

Grease the Baking Dish:

  • Grease a baking dish with butter. Choose a dish large enough to accommodate the sliced potatoes in layers.

Layer the Potatoes:

  • Arrange a layer of sliced potatoes in the bottom of the baking dish. Pour a portion of the warm cream mixture over the potatoes.

Repeat Layers:

  • Continue layering the sliced potatoes and pouring the cream mixture over each layer until all the potatoes and cream mixture are used. Ensure that the top layer is coated with the cream mixture.


  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 60-75 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and the top is golden brown. Check for doneness by inserting a knife into the center of the gratin; it should go through the potatoes easily.

Rest Before Serving:

  • Allow the Gratin Dauphinois to rest for about 10-15 minutes before serving. This helps the dish set and makes it easier to slice.

Serve Warm:

  • Serve the Gratin Dauphinois warm as a side dish, complementing a variety of main courses.


Gratin Dauphinois is a comforting and indulgent dish, appreciated for its creamy texture and the subtle flavor of garlic. It pairs well with roasted meats, poultry, or can even be enjoyed on its own as a vegetarian option.

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