Creamy Dauphinoise Potatoes Recipe

Potato dishes can be confusing. Sure, it's easy to tell baked from mashed from french fries, but when you start getting into potatoes au gratin vs. scalloped potatoes vs. potatoes dauphinoise, the lines begin to blur. While Food Network says that dauphinoise potatoes typically do not contain cheese, some recipes (including this one) do call for it. Potato, po-tah-to — call it what you like, this creamy, cheesy dish is pretty darn delicious.

Recipe developer Ting Dalton describes these dauphinoise potatoes as "indulgent, creamy and delicious," and says this dish is "a French classic [that's] perfect to serve with steaks and roasted meats such as pork." She also notes that, should you be wanting to impress guests, you could even break out your ramekins and create individual serving-sized portions. In order to simplify any last-minute dinner party preparations, she even suggests making this dish the night before, then refrigerating it until it's time to bake.

Gather the ingredients for dauphinoise potatoes

For starters, you'll need some potatoes for this recipe, and Dalton notes that russets are the best option here. You'll also need garlic, fresh thyme (leaves only), cheddar cheese, salt, and white pepper.

Slice the potatoes and mix the cream

Start by peeling and slicing the potatoes, although Dalton notes that you won't need a fancy slicer. She says a knife will do to slice the potatoes ¼ to ½-inch thick, but, as she tells us, "They don't have to be perfect. The potatoes will be layered, so [the dish is] quite forgiving." Once the potatoes are sliced, soak them in cold water to get some of the starch out while you get on with the rest of the prep.

Preheat the oven to 300 F, then grease up a baking pan. Mix the heavy cream with the salt, pepper, and the leaves from two thyme sprigs. Now drain those potatoes and gently pat them dry.

Assemble the casserole

Layer some of the potatoes over the bottom of the baking pan, then top them with a layer of cream. Repeat the layering until you've used up all the potatoes, then finish off with a layer of cream. In fact, you can just pour the remaining cream over the top.

Bake the potatoes

Cover the pan with foil and bake the potatoes for an hour. Once the hour is up, take the pan out of the oven, remove the foil, then sprinkle the cheddar over the top. Finish off with the remaining thyme leaves. Bake the potatoes — uncovered, this time — for another 15 minutes until the cheese gets bubbly and melts. Like many potato dishes, these dauphinoise potatoes are best enjoyed hot, and you'll savor in the creamy, cheesy goodness!

Creamy Dauphinoise Potatoes Recipe
5 from 28 ratings
These dauphinoise potatoes are kind of like a cross scalloped potatoes and potatoes au gratin, so you know they're going to be creamy and delicious!
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dauphinoise potatoes in baking pan
Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Soak the sliced potatoes in cold water to remove as much starch as possible.
  2. Preheat the oven to 300 F and grease a baking pan.
  3. Combine the heavy cream, salt, pepper, and the leaves from 2 sprigs of thyme.
  4. Drain the potatoes and gently pat them dry.
  5. Arrange a layer of potato slices over the bottom of the baking pan and top with a layer of cream. Continue layering until all the ingredients are used up, finishing with a layer of cream.
  6. Cover the pan with foil and bake for an hour.
  7. Remove the foil and sprinkle the shredded cheese over the casserole, along with the leaves from the remaining 2 thyme sprigs.
  8. Bake the potatoes, uncovered, for an additional 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
Calories per Serving 435
Total Fat 32.7 g
Saturated Fat 20.1 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 118.3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 30.2 g
Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
Total Sugars 3.4 g
Sodium 568.9 mg
Protein 7.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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