Gratin Dauphinois

Gratin Dauphinois
This recipe is a bit sensitive for people from Dauphiné (a French area around the city of Grenoble), many of them are sure to have the "true" recipe. Here is the version of the famous French chef Michel Guérard. The most interesting thing about gratin Dauphinois, is that it has a delicate hint of cheesy flavour, without cheese in it.
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Last modified on: August 13th 2016

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Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.

Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 15 min.
Gratin Dauphinois : Photo of step #1
Peel and wash 1 kg potatoes, slice and don't wash again because the starch on cut potatoes is important for a smooth texture.

Salt and pepper, and mix with your hand.

Stage 2 - 10 min.
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Put potatoes in a pan, add 300 ml whole milk and bring to boil.

As soon as it boils, turn down heat and cook for 10 minutes.r

Stage 3 - 2 min.
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Add 300 ml cream, 1 pinch grated nutmeg and chopped ½ garlic clove.

Stage 4 - 20 min.
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Continue cooking on low heat for 20 minutes, stiring from time to time to prevent potatoes from sticking on bottom of pan.

Preheat oven to 356°F (180°C).

Stage 5 - 5 min.
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Drain potatoes, and keep cooking cream.

Divide potatoes between ramekins, distribute cooking cream on top, and add some small pieces of butter.

Stage 6 - 10 min.
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Put ramekins in a big dish or tin, filled to half the height with hot water, and cook in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
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You can finish with a short time under the grill to brown the top.


Gratin dauphinois is excellent with a red meat. It's also an excellent family Sunday evening recipe.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,949 Kcal or 8,160 Kj44 gr214 gr102 gr
97 %17 %20 %15 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
121 Kcal or 507 Kj3 gr13 gr6 gr
6 %1 %1 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
325 Kcal or 1,361 Kj7 gr36 gr17 gr
16 %3 %3 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Michel Guérard, via Dominique.

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