SPOONFUL - Pinoy Christmas Gratin Dauphinois

I promised to post this recipe last Christmas but I kind of got carried away with my hibernation that I forgot to do so. Anyway, I made this dish for our Christmas lunch. I got the recipe from my culinary book and I decided to try it.

First, what is Gratin?

Gratin is a culinary technique in which the main ingredient is topped with a brown crust, usually made of breadcrumbs, egg and cheese. The dish is baked in an overhead grill to form a golden brown crust on top.

Gratin Dauphinois is a version of potato gratin, one of the most famous types of gratin. Gratin Dauphinois uses creme fraiche and it hails from the Dauphine region of France.

However, there is a little twist that I added in the recipe. Since it's Christmas, I decided to use Queso de Bola for the crust. Queso de Bola has a nice yellow orange color that is just perfect when grilled or baked. Plus, the taste is quite distinct from regular cheddar cheese.

So here is the recipe for my Pinoy Christmas Gratin Dauphinois

Potatoes, sliced thinly - 1.5 Kg
Cream - 1 cup
Cheddar cheese, grated - 1/4 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Egg yolk, beaten  - 3 pcs
Queso de bola, grated - 1/4 cup
Nutmeg powder - 1 tsp
Salt and pepper - to taste

To make the sauce:
Mix the cheddar cheese with half of the milk and the beaten egg yolk
Mix the cream with the remaining half of the milk and simmer in low heat. Add the egg mixture and mix until homogenous.

Layer the potatoes in a buttered baking dish. Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper
Pour the sauce all over the potatoes until completely covered
Sprinkle the grated Queso de bola all over the top of the dish

As you can see, the grated Queso de bola forms a great crust as it turns into a great color. Also, the cheddar cheese melts quite easily so the inside is a gooey layer of potatoes and cream.

The gratin I made was partnered with steak and a summer salad. Perfect for a sumptuous Christmas lunch!

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  1. This looks absolutely delicious! Thank you for posting the recepy. I can only imagine how good the nutmeg makes the potatoes taste. Well, I won't be imagening for long because I'm going to try it our, lol

    1. No problem! Share on the blog when you try it out!


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