Recipe #2 on my quest to cook through Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, this recipe is a variation on the Gratin de Pommes de Terre aux Anchois, but as I was missing the leeks from last week’s Quiche aux Champignons, I decided they would be the perfect addition to the dish for this week’s SundaySupper event with Chantal. OK, admittedly mostly because I have this fantastic Chantal dish that I love but rarely use and as you may know by now I am always up for an excuse to use a dish or platter.

For this preparation, I opted to make a true Gratin as described by Julia as basically a Quiche minus the pastry shell, baked in a dish and usually more substantial in its ingredients. I plan on serving this as a side item with roasted chicken for the perfect fall dinner.

WHAT I LEARNED FROM JULIA:

  • The leek cooking technique created soft leeks full of flavor that really could be added to any dish or used as a topping for fish or chicken.
  • The value of using lids on pots. Seems simple and 101 but the items retain their moisture, or even create more, and cook evenly.

WHAT I WOULD CHANGE NEXT TIME:

  • Use slightly less butter. Probably cut this on the onion portion.
  • Use slightly more pepper. Possibly use a herb…sage…
  • BIG TIP: There was more liquid in the dish after baking than expected. For the future: Make sure potatoes are fully drained. Even on a towel before adding. Make sure all leek liquid is cooked off before adding to dish.

PROBABILITY OF REPEATING RECIPE 1-10: 8

Gratin De Pommes de Terre aux Poireaux {Gratin of Potatoes, Onions and Leeks}

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb. sliced white of leek (about 3 ½ cups)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups chopped potatoes
  • 2/3 cup minced onions
  • 6 tb butter (3 for leeks / 3 for onions)
  • 3-4 cup baking dish such as an 8-inch Pyrex pie plate
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 ½ cups whipping cream
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • ¼ cup grated Swiss cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Boil Leeks over moderately high heat in a heavy bottomed, covered saucepan with the water, salt, and 3 Tb. butter until liquid has almost evaporated. Lower heat and stew gently for 20 to 30 minutes until leeks are very tender.

Cook onions slowly in 3 Tb. butter for 5 minutes, until tender but not browned.

Drop potatoes in boiling salted water and cook for 6-8 minutes or until barely done. Drain thoroughly.

Butter the baking dish. Layer 1/2 potatoes, onions and leeks then repeating with 2nd ½ of all.

Combine eggs, whipping cream, salt and pepper. Whip. Pour over potatoes, onions and leek in dish. Spread cheese over top.

Bake for 30-40 minutes in upper third of oven until top is nicely browned.

Gratin de pommes de terre #JuliaChild via @AnAppealingPlan

gratin de pommes de terre #JuliaChild via @AnAppealingPLan

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