The ultimate makeover: Potato dauphinoise

The ultimate makeover: Potato dauphinoise

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

Crème fraîche, stock and semi-skimmed milk replace traditional ingredients to make this the healthiest dauphinoise yet

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
232
protein
6g
carbs
27g
fat
12g
saturates
7g
fibre
2g
sugar
3g
salt
0.25g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 150ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 plump garlic clove, peeled and halved
  • 4 thyme sprigs, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • good pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1kg waxy potatoes (try Desirée)
  • 140g full-fat crème fraîche
  • 75ml vegetable stock (Marigold bouillon)
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • 25g Gruyère or vegetarian alternative, grated

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Brush the oil over the bottom and sides of a 25 x 19 x 5cm ovenproof dish. Put the milk, garlic, 4 thyme sprigs, bay leaf and shallot into a saucepan. Bring just to the boil, then remove from the heat and add the nutmeg and a little pepper. Set aside to infuse.
  2. Peel then slice the potatoes very thinly. Pat them dry. Layer half the slices in the dish, overlapping slightly, then season.
  3. Strain the infused milk into a jug. Put the crème fraîche into a bowl, then gradually pour in the milk, whisking until smooth. Add the stock and thyme leaves. Return this liquid to the jug, then pour half of it over the potatoes in the dish. Layer up the rest of the potatoes, then add remaining liquid, the cheese and a grind of pepper. Sit the dish on a baking sheet and bake for 1¼-1½ hrs until golden and tender – test by inserting a sharp knife through the potatoes. Stand for 5 mins before serving, sprinkled with thyme sprigs.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2010

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gilheany's picture

Used this recipe but only had low fat creme fraiche. This dish was still good +++

rosiehunnam's picture
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Really tasty and you really couldn't tell it was low in calories!

Served this at a dinner party alongside roast chicken and green veg. Went down really well with all the guests.

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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Highly recommended. Simple recipe with fantastic results.

gallopinggoose's picture
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I made this last night and it was so easy to make and tasted delicious. Will definitely use this recipe again.

kouigaman's picture
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Loved this version.

hastokes's picture

Fantastic! I always try and revise traditional recipes and make them healthier - just did it on my food blog cardiffcooks.wordpress.com!

jimzilla's picture
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I tried this a few nights ago, while it was really nice i far prefer the traditional method

bjmpmh1's picture

Tried this with fillet steak and salad delicious highly recommend better for the waistline than normal great recipe

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