For the month of November, we were given the choice of about 10 recipes and then FFWD participants got to vote on which recipes we'd try during the month. I chose recipes that sounded autumn-ish. Three of the four recipes that were my top choices got the top votes, so I'm definitely looking forward to the month of November's recipes. Since it's a busy month, we get to choose the order in which we try those four recipes. I chose Dorie's Potato Gratin for my first November recipe.
I love potatoes ... haven't met a potato that I didn't like. And potatoes just scream Thanksgiving. Now, I don't know if I could possibly pull myself away from the traditional mashed potatoes for my Thanksgiving meal, but gratin would definitely be do-able for other approaching holidays ... Christmas, New Years, etc.
It seemed like I got a late start on making dinner every night this week and I kept pushing my Dorie recipe off until ... tomorrow. So, here we are on Friday ... early afternoon and I type as my potatoes bake.
Today as I was pulling out my ingredients, I realized that I had enough potatoes that needed to be used to double the recipe. I made my potato/garlic-infused-cream layers and added a little salt and pepper here & there between layers. When I finished, I couldn't see the cream coming up to the top of the potato layers, so I added more half-and-half. I chose to put some fresh thyme and then I put A LOT of Gruyere and Swiss cheese on top of my potatoes. Because I had doubled the recipe, it took about 30 minutes extra (so around 75 minutes total) for my gratin to cook. My kids kept asking me what I was baking ... we all loved the smells coming from the kitchen.
I wanted to eat the gratin with our dinner, so I planned my meal around it. I ended up making Maryland-style crab cakes and asparagus to go with the potatoes. It was a nice & very fattening dinner. :) Hubby said he gives the potatoes a 7 out of 10. I really wanted to try this recipe with mushrooms, but I forgot to pick some up at Trader Joe's, so next time. Next time I think I'll do a bit less garlic and try it without the thyme.