The chauvinist "frogs" *1 would tell you that the humble Potato was discovered in their country, a long time ago.
It was initially the dish of the poor, because it could be made on the farms with the local ingredients.
It is a countryside dish, or as we say here, "from the bush".
Ingredients for 6 persons:
You need to use an oven resistant dish.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Butter the dish.
Starting with the potatoes cover the bottom of the dish with a layer of potatoes.
Then a layer of onions cream, salt and pepper.
Repeat the layers of potato -onion until ingredients are used up.
However make sure you will finish with a layer of potatoes.
In a bowl mix the 3 eggs, milk, salt pepper and nutmeg.
Pour in the dish, covering well the entire top layer.
Finally grate cheese thickly across the top, until only cheese can be seen. This will prevent the gratin from over heating.
Cook in the oven for about 60 minutes. This will need to be shorter for some ovens, electric and gas.
The gratin must be soft but not mushy.
Cut in portions and serve at once - hot.
If you are eating this as a stand-alone dish then do not top up with any other sauce.
Enjoy it, as it is or try other variations, to suit your palate. You can add diced bacon, or you can remove onions..... Let the only limit be your imagination.
To drink with this delicious dish?
To go with the gratin ( alone or with meat in red sauce ) we suggest this wine.
A "Reserve Merlot 2000" from Delagat's wine estate would be bvery elegant with this. It is rich and complex, generous in black berry, cassis, currant flavours with a touch of oak.
Have you any cuisine ideas?
*1 slang for a French person
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