Why It Works
- By arranging the potatoes accordion-style, just like with Hasselback roasted potatoes, you get an ultra-crispy top with a creamy and tender center.
- Tossing the potato slices with the cream and cheeses first guarantees an even distribution in the baking dish.
By combining a potato gratin with Hasselback roasted potatoes, we deliver the ultimate creamy-in-the-middle, crispy-on-top casserole. It's perfect for the Thanksgiving or Christmas table or any night you want a show-stopping side dish.
How to Scale Down This Recipe to Feed a Smaller Crowd
This recipe can be scaled by half. Divide all ingredients by two; substitute a 10-inch skillet for the baking dish listed.
- 3 ounces (85g) finely grated Gruyère or Comté cheese
- 2 ounces (60g) finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 2 cups (480ml) heavy cream
- 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 to 3 1/2 pounds (1.4 to 1.6kg) russet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8 inch thick on a mandoline slicer (5 to 6 medium potatoes; see note)
- 2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 400°F. Combine cheeses in a large bowl. Transfer 1/3 of cheese mixture to a separate bowl and set aside. Add cream, garlic, and thyme to cheese mixture. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add potato slices and toss with hands until every slice is coated with cream mixture, making sure to separate any slices that are sticking together to get the cream mixture in between them.
Grease a 2-quart casserole dish with butter. Pick up a handful of potatoes, organizing them into a neat stack, and lay them in the casserole dish with their edges aligned vertically. Continue placing potatoes in casserole, working around the perimeter and into the center until all potatoes have been added. Potatoes should be very tightly packed. If necessary, slice additional potato, coat with cream mixture, and add to casserole (see note). Pour excess cream/cheese mixture evenly over potatoes until the mixture comes half way up the sides of the casserole. You may not need all excess liquid (see note).
Cover tightly with foil and transfer to oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until top is pale golden brown, about 30 minutes longer. Carefully remove from oven, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and return to oven. Bake until deep golden brown and crisp on top, about 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven, let rest for a few minutes, and serve.
2-quart oval or rectangular baking dish, mandoline
Because of variation in the shape of the potatoes, the amount of potato that will fit into a single baking dish varies. Longer, thinner potatoes will fill a dish more thoroughly than shorter, rounder potatoes. When purchasing potatoes, buy a few extra in order to fill the dish if necessary. Depending on the exact shape and size of the potatoes and baking dish, you may not need all of the cream mixture.