Potatoes Dauphinoise

Potatoes Dauphinoise with Diced Ham

My little Christmas gift to you and a few poems to brew…

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.
~Helen Keller

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.
~ Hamilton Wright Mabie

At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.
~Thomas Tusser

Delicious Wishes for the Happiest of Holidays!

Loads of Love,


Potatoes Dauphinoise (Potatoes Baked in Cream)

Serves 8


2 lbs Yukon Gold or Red Potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

2 tblsp butter, softened

1 pint cream

2 cloves garlic finely chopped

½ Cup grated cheese, such as Gruyère or Comte if you can find it

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

1 tblsp chopped fresh Thyme or Rosemary (Optional)


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Use some of the butter to grease a shallow ovenproof dish large enough to hold the potatoes in four layers.

Heat the cream to just below boiling point.  Make a layer of potatoes in the dish, pour on a little cream and then season with salt and pepper. Then scatter a bit of the chopped garlic, herbs and cheese.  Make three more layers in the same way, and then pour on enough cream to cover the top layer of the potatoes and sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Dot the top with remaining butter.

Cover the potatoes tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour.

Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees and remove the foil from the potatoes.  Bake potatoes another 15 minutes or so until they are very tender and almost all the cream has been absorbed and the top of the gratin is bubbling and golden.

Let the potatoes sit for a few minutes before serving.

Options:  You can make this gratin without the cheese and herbs and it tastes just as delicious.  As well, substitute the garlic with caramelized onions.  For a complete meal add 1-2 cups diced smoked or honey ham and ½ cup of peas.

Recipe adapted from mulitple sources



  1. I love this type of comfort food… then again, I love ALL things potato! Add the smoked ham, a ham hock if you cant get a smoked butt, and make it a meal.

    Thank you for sharing and keeping real food alive!

  2. Hola Karista, my husband loves potatoes Dauphinoise, and this recipe looks fabulous…and also thanks for the beautiful words ….I wish you and your family a very warm Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012…..looking forward to read much more recipes from you. Take care and Feliz Navidad!!!!!!

  3. Your potatoes dauphinoise are absolutely beautiful. They have to be delicious with all the cream and cheese. Yummy.

    • Thanks Karen! This recipe leans toward the “rich and luxurious” so I only prepare it twice a year. Christmas and Easter. My family thinks it a special treat! Many blessings for a spectacular holiday and New Year.

  4. mmmmm, lovely I can just taste it!


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