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Potato Gratin in Garlic Cream

Yield 12 servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 1 quart whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 pounds new potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg, divided (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon (6-ounce) container grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 (6-ounce) container grated Parmesan cheese, divided

How to Make It

  1. Cut off and discard pointed tip of garlic bulb, place bulb on a piece of aluminum foil. Fold foil to seal.

  2. Bake at 400° for 1 hour. Cool. Squeeze pulp into a large bowl; stir in whipping cream. Whisk in flour. Set aside.

  3. Layer half of potatoes in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and half of cheese. Repeat procedure with remaining potatoes, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Place baking dish on a jellyroll pan. Pour whipping cream mixture over potatoes.

  4. Bake, covered, at 400° for 30 minutes. Remove cover; sprinkle with remaining half of cheese. Bake 30 more minutes or until potatoes are tender. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.