For breakfast with eggs? As party food? As a side for a fancy dinner? The possibilities are endless. And it’s just 85 calories per serving!
All you need to know is that these are cheesy, creamy and ridiculously irresistible. I mean, come on. Potatoes + cheese + cream + garlic + butter. BAM! That’s a home run right there!
These are inspired by the French Food Goddess Julia Childs and her classic French Potato Gratin / Dauphinoise which I posted last year. It is dangerous for me to make her Potato Dauphinoise when I don’t have company because I literally cannot stop eating it. I swear, she is single handedly responsible for the abnormal amount of stretchy clothes in my wardrobe.
French food. Butter. Cream. Butter. Garlic. Cream.
By making these in mini form, you can convince yourself they are almost healthy because each mini stack only has 85 calories. Believe me when I say it DOES NOT TASTE LIKE THAT! The reason there is no photo with all 12 that this recipe makes is because I simply could not resist helping myself to
1 2 3.
It was lunch!! LUNCH! Don’t judge me!!
Whenever I post a recipe like this, I can anticipate the email I’ll get from my mother. “Who ate it all? Aren’t you supposed to be on a DIET?” “Did you deliver all these to the homeless? Hot?”
So this is the thing. With all the cooking I’ve been doing for my blog and also for clients, I have found myself with an extraordinarily excessive amount of food. And I have connected with the less fortunate in my area. So at the end of almost every day, I do a food delivery. I pack up the food I have made, reheat it, then do a food delivery,
Then the next day when I do my next food delivery, I request feedback. They approved of these potato gratins.
This is a recipe for all the potato-loving cheese monsters out there. Hail to us. All the recommended food groups, right there in one little stack! – Nagi x
- Oil spray
- 1.6lb / 800g potatoes
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- ¼ cup cream
- ½ tsp salt
- Black pepper
- 1 cup grated melting cheese (I used cheddar)
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves or 1 tbsp dried thyme
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
- Spray a standard 12 hole muffin tin with oil.
- Peel then slice potatoes into thin slices.
- Place butter and garlic in a microwave proof cup or bowl, then melt in 30 second bursts.
- Add cream, salt and pepper into the butter. Stir to dissolve the salt.
- Place potato slices into the muffin tin so they go halfway up the muffin tin holes.
- Drizzle each potato stack with ½ tsp of cream mixture then sprinkle with half the thyme.
- Sprinkle HALF the cheese over the potato stacks.
- Top with remaining potato slices. Drizzle with remaining cream mixture and remaining thyme.
- Cover loosely with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
- Remove from oven, sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake without foil for 10 minutes or until golden and the potato is soft.
- Let stand for 5 minutes before removing. Use a tablespoon or butter knife to help scope them out. (Note 3)
- Breakfast - serve with eggs and bacon.
- Dinner - serve as a side.
- Finger food - serve warm as is.
I use Sebago which are the brushed potatoes you can get from any supermarket in Australia (ie. the ones with dirt on them). If you are based in the US, a great all rounder to use is Russet which I understand is one of the most widely used potatoes in the US.
2. Fantastic for making ahead! Either freeze them (defrost before reheating) or keep them in the refrigerator. Them pop them in a 180C/350F oven for 10 minutes just to heat through.
3. Spraying the muffin tin + the butter and cream helps keep the gratin stacks from sticking to the muffin tin. Also, the muffin tin I use is non stick. If your muffin tin is not non stick, spray it generously with oil before putting the potato in to ensure it slips out easily! Because starchy potatoes are used for this recipe, they breakdown and become soft so they sort of bond together which helps keep these stacks upright. Some might slide slightly when you take them out but the resting time helps "set" them.
Then calories per piece is insanely low!