Goat Cheese Potato Gratin

January 10, 2013 · 7 comments

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This Christmas, for the first time in over 10 years, I woke up in my own bed. It was glorious. We still had to do a lot of traveling for the holidays (including a trip to Michigan in a snowstorm that took over 9 hours), but I was happy to finally begin Christmas traditions in our own home. Now that Zachary is old enough to “get” things, it was really exciting to see Christmas through his eyes. On Christmas Eve we baked cookies for Santa, and left them near the chimney. I asked him if he thought Santa would eat our cookies and in true Zachary fashion (aka, being the bottomless pit that he is), he replied, “I think he’s just going to eat 1 cookie, and then tell us to eat the rest.” Of course. The next morning, he ran to the cookies to see if they were gone, and then started tearing into his stocking and presents. It was so much fun.

Since we usually travel for Christmas, I rarely get to make anything other than cookies or something similar. This year I wanted to make a nice meal, even if it was just going to be the 3 of us. On Christmas Eve Zachary and I took a trip to the butcher and picked up some filet mignon, which I turned into au poivre the following day. So good, I’m still thinking about it. You know what else was so good I’m still thinking about it? This gratin.

I’ve had this gratin saved forever, but was looking for a special occasion to make it (or at least having more people in my house to eat it, since it’s pretty indulgent by our standards). Christmas seemed like the perfect time. This is a fairly straightforward potato au gratin recipe, but it uses goat cheese in the mix. In case you didn’t know, I’m a pretty  big fan of goat cheese (I mean, it even has its own category on my blog). That said, if you’re one of those crazy goat cheese haters, this might be your gateway recipe. Honestly, the goat cheese flavor is not very prominent at all. It lends more of a creaminess than it does a distinct flavor. I promise you’ll love it.

I halved the recipe, since it was just the three of us and we were going out of town the next day (plus, my toddler is a complete weirdo who doesn’t really like potatoes. I mean, what?). I’m putting the full recipe below though because, trust me, I will have no qualms about making the whole recipe next time.

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The Home Cook January 10, 2013 at 9:02 am

This looks incredible. And how can Z not like potatoes?!

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elly January 10, 2013 at 9:08 am

I know, right? He’s never liked potatoes or eggs, since like 7 months! Well, except french fries. :P

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Amanda January 10, 2013 at 9:38 am

We had a similar Christmas this year too, instead of celebrating Christmas Eve with the usual 30 people, there were only 7. I made dinner for my parents and made a potato gratin as well. I should have used goat cheese! I’ve always loved your blog for your copious use of goat cheese :)

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 10, 2013 at 10:10 am

Goat cheese and potatoes are soooo good together! This looks fabulous!

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Meaghan January 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm

You had me at goat cheese…sounds amazing! I have so many leftover potatoes from my CSA that I need to use up- going to try this recipe this week. Thank you!

-m

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Joanne January 11, 2013 at 5:53 am

I’m ALLLL about the goat cheese love. Can’t get enough of it. This sounds like a totally worthy indulgence!

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Kerstin January 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

Yuuuum, love this! I need to make a goat cheese category too :) So glad you had a nice Christmas celebration!

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