Thursday, October 17, 2013

Potato and Carrot Gratin

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming...I wanted to bring you up to date with some news that may affect the frequency with which I'll be posting here. I have been scheduled for two corneal transplants, the first of which will occur next week. I've prepared the blog as best I can for contingencies that may follow surgery, and using a combination of old, new, borrowed and blue posts, I should be able to follow a near normal posting schedule. I think! At least that's the plan. The next few months are going to have a circus aspect about them. We are also in the process of selling our home and that leads to craziness and cooking of a different sort. I'll be featuring more recipes for breads and desserts in an attempt to keep the house from smelling like a pizza parlor and, hopefully, we'll be back on a more normal track by January. I hope all of you will continue to stop by.

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Our last big get-together before the first of the year is going to be tomorrow evening. I have planned a fairly elegant, but easy-on-the-cook menu, and much of what I'll be serving can be made well-ahead of time. While very rich, this potato and carrot gratin is a wonderful accompaniment to a roast or grilled meat and it can be made the day before it is to be served. There is, of course, a catch. The potatoes and carrots must be thinly sliced and you will need a mandoline or other slicing device to cut them. These are delicious when made with heavy cream, but half-and-half or light cream can be substituted if you are watching calories or counting fat grams. The potatoes can be table ready in about and hour. The recipe was developed by Alexis Touchet for the Huffington Post and I do hope you'll give it a try. You will not be disappointed. Here is how the potatoes are made.

Potato and Carrot Gratin...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Alexis Touchet via Huffington Post

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 pounds medium Yukon Gold potatoes
1 pound carrots
1-3/4 cups heavy cream
1-3/4 cups whole milk
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1-3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
2 cups coarsely grated Gruyere (about 6 ounces)

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F with rack in middle. Spread butter into a 15- by 10-inch (4-quart) baking dish.
2) Peel potatoes and carrots, then cut both into 1/16-inch thick slices with slicer and transfer to a 6-quart heavy pot.
3) Add cream, milk, garlic, salt and pepper and bring just to a boil over moderate heat, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.
4) Spread mixture evenly in baking dish, then sprinkle with cheese and bake until vegetables are tender and top is golden brown in spots, 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Yields: 8 to 10 servings.

Cook's Note: Gratin can be baked 1 day ahead. Cool completely, then refrigerate, covered. Bring to room temperature before reheating, uncovered, in a 350 F oven, 20 to 30 minutes.

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Chiara Giglio said...

I’ll have to give your recipe a try, look so comforting and delicious ! Have a great day Mary, blessings...

Jasline @ Foodie Baker said...

Hi Mary, the gratin looks delicious. Take care!

Laka kuharica said...

Dear Mary, I love your recipes and follow your blog regularly. I wish you a fast recovery after the surgery.
I always like to have a recipe that can be made ahead, especially when having guests. So, I'm Pinning this one. All the best!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Well the potatoes sure sound good Mary! Enjoy your dinner and I wish you all the best with the surgeries and selling the house! Please take care of yourself:@)

Coleens Recipes said...

I am a loyal follower and look forward to your speedy recover and quick house sale. Surgery is never easy, so hang in there and I will be sending prayers.

jabreb said...

Thanks for the recipe; just added it to my Thanksgiving menu.
Wishing you much success re your surgeries; my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Big Dude said...

The Gratin looks delicious Mary. Best wishes for the upcoming surgery and selling your house - that's a lot going on at one time.

Nammi said...

I hope the surgery goes well and wish you a speedy recovery :). take care and get plenty of rest.

From the Kitchen said...

Mary: Sending you healing thoughts for a good outcome and recovery. Also a fast sale of your home. Oh, and someone to pamper you all along the way.


Patricia said...

Dear Mary, I follow your blog and love your postings. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

SallyBR said...

Wish you the very best, I hope you recover quickly!

take care, rest, and the blog can wait, all your readers will be here anxiously but patiently waiting... your health comes first!

Honey said...

Best of luck with your surgery! You seem to have an awful lot going on, so get some rest Mary...and thank you for continuing your blog throughout all this activity.
This recipe is similar to one my family calls "Potatoes Eileen", as I use a pound of yukons, a pound of sweet potatoes, a pound of parsnips and a pound of carrots in basically the same recipe! It is delicious and always gobbled up at holiday celebrations. I do tend to use half & half because it's easier to store one carton in the 'fridge than two or three!

Gloria Baker said...

Love this Mary, we love gratins!

Gloria Baker said...

And dear Mary hope you feel better really son, we miss you and I love your r├ęcipes, besos!

CookeB said...

Good luck with surgery... Selling house...etc :))
I love your blog and have used many of your recipes . Thank you for a terrific sense of humor too.
Have a gret day!
Cookie Backus

Joanne said...

We'll be fine, but thanks for thinking ahead! You take care and heal fast!

Kimberly H said...

Oh man.. that looks sooo good! I've got to make this & soon!

Best wishes for a perfect & easy surgery!


David said...

Mary, This potato and carrot gratin looks great! I love cooked carrots and potatoes are a true weakness. Add some quality cheese and cream and I could wallow in this dish!

Wishing you the best with the surgery and the sale of your house! I'm sure that everything will come out fine! My wife just had cataract surgery on both eyes and it's amazing what they can do these days! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Susan Lindquist said...

My goodness! It never rains, but it pours! You will be so busy in the next few months! Best of luck with the surgeries! As for selling the house, I'll pray that the right buyer comes along at precisely the right moment ... like when the house smells of gingerbread and coziness!

Stay sane, Mary! We'll all be here waiting for your return to routine of offering up one perfect bite!

June said...

I'll be thinking of you Mary. Wishing you good luck and a quick return to your kitchen ...present and future.

Becky said...

After the first day, all will be fine, according to my many friends who have undergone the same procedure. Don't worry about the blog. You have given us so much to explore and try as it is.

Jenn said...

Best of luck with your surgery, hope to see you back here soon!

Priya Suresh said...

Take cake and best of luck with your surgery..All will be alrite.

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

Oh Mary you will be in my prayers! Good luck with all that - and hope the surgery is a no-big-deal walk in the park. Moving too - you are a dynamo! Best wishes

scrambledhenfruit said...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery from your eye surgeries and selling your house. :) Your gratin looks wonderful!

zooperson said...

Holding good thoughts for a speedy recovery and a smooth house sale with an escrow that fits your needs. I'll be here waiting on your super recipes -- they are just the best.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, Miss Mary. I will be keeping you in my prayers for successful surgeries and speedy recoveries. We, too, are about to attempt to sell our house. They put the sign up yesterday. I understand the craziness associated with that process. I am lifting you in prayer. blessings ~ tanna

Jackie said...

Mary, I love your blog. I hope all goes well with your surgery. Good luck with the house sale.
Take care

tigerlille said...

Best wishes and a swift recovery, Msry.

Bites from life with the barking lot said...

Hi Mary, thinking of you...and sending well wishes.

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