Koffmann’s potato gratin

Koffmann’s potato gratin

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From
Kitchin Suppers
Serves
4
Photographer
Laura Edwards

I often serve this on the table with my Sunday roast. My mentor, Pierre Koffmann, taught me the secrets of a good potato gratin when I was working for him in London. The trick is to ensure that the potatoes are sliced very thinly, then salted and squeezed to get rid of excess starch. Cooking the gratin slowly in a low oven develops the flavours and gives that lovely homely golden topping.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
8 large potatoes
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
500ml whipping cream
nutmeg, freshly grated
10g butter
1 garlic clove, halved

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 140°C. Peel the potatoes and cut them into wafer-thin slices, using a very sharp knife, or better still, a mandoline if you have one. Place in a colander to drain. Sprinkle the potato slices lightly with salt and leave to sit in the colander for 10–12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, slowly bring the cream to just below the boil in a deep pan over a low heat. Season lightly with salt and pepper and grate in a little nutmeg.
  3. Grease a large, shallow ovenproof dish with the butter and rub with the cut surface of the garlic clove.
  4. Squeeze the potato slices to remove excess liquid and layer them in the prepared dish. Slowly pour over the hot cream to just cover the potatoes.
  5. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour until golden on top and cooked through. Check the potatoes are cooked by inserting a small knife in the centre; it should pass through the layers easily. Serve hot.
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