Mascarpone Potato Gratin

My dad was kind enough to point out that I inadvertently left “stubborn Kraut” out of my genetic make-up the other day.

Hmmm… Inadvertent…

Pshaw! Whatever… And if I was (and I’m not saying that I am), I’m pretty sure it’s genetic.

Anywho…

On days when I begin to question myself (like yesterday after my less than stellar piping experience), the best way to keep myself from actually hurling myself on the floor and throwing the temper tantrum that I want to, is to force myself back into the kitchen. I cook something that I love and that fills my heart with joy.

It usually involves chocolate.

Or bacon…

Or cheese…

I love them equally! Okay – that’s probably not true, but my answer depends on which one I’m currently eating. Right now it’s cheese… Mascarpone cheese to be precise. Soft, creamy, heavenly mascarpone, with a little Parmesan thrown in for good measure!  This was the potato gratin I made the other day that called for a moment of silence.  I went to go have some of the leftovers and there weren’t any.  Like at all.  My son had eaten the entire rest of the dish.  The piglet!  So I made some more…

I know you don’t usually put mascarpone in a potato gratin, but combined with a little sour cream and half and half it gives you a smooth, slightly tangy, and perfectly creamy potato gratin.

You could easily just make the gratin mixture by itself, but I like the crunch and the texture from a nice crispy and buttery bread topping. It’s like the ying to my yang.

Mascarpone and Sage Potato Gratin
Yields: 8 generous servings (it’s more like 6 for my family of potato lovers – or 2 for my son…)

For Gratin:
Nonstick cooking spray
5 medium sized potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
8 oz. mascarpone cheese
1 c. sour cream (regular or lowfat – either works for this recipe)
1 c. half and half
½ c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp. chopped fresh sage
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. white pepper

For bread crumb topping:
1 ½ c. fresh bread crumbs
1 tsp. chopped fresh sage
1 clove of garlic, minced
3 tbs. melted butter
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 2 qt. gratin dish (or casserole dish) with nonstick cooking spray.

Layer the potatoes in the bottom of prepared dish. They don’t have to be perfectly arranged because the bread topping will cover that anyway. Just make sure they’re in a nice flat, even layer.

In a medium bowl, combine Mascarpone, sour cream, and half and half and whisk thoroughly. Add Parmesan, sage, salt and pepper and gently stir. Pour cream and cheese mixture over the potatoes and make sure they are all submerged in the cheesy goodness. Give ‘em a little shooz if you need to. (That’s the technical term for it!)

Cover with aluminum foil and bake 30 minutes. Potatoes should be almost done cooking.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, sage, garlic, melted butter and salt.

After 30 minutes, remove foil and sprinkle the bread crumb mixture evenly over the top of the potatoes. Bake 15 minutes until potatoes are soft and tender and bread crumb mixture is light golden brown.

Now go and enjoy! You can come back and thank me later…

(I so completely am stubborn, by the way. Just seeing if you were still reading…)

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Comments

  1. 1

    As a complete cheese-holic, I am drooling over that potato dish. I love the sage and the creamy cheeses you added. Sounds incredible!

  2. 2

    This recipe sings to my soul. Mascarpone in a gratin sounds perfect. How has the rest of the world not thought of it already? I’m so glad that you left a comment for me, which led me back to you and to bookmarking this recipe as well as following you! Cheers. (And thanks for having that little check box instead of captchas. I hate those.) :)

  3. 3

    Wow, Jen! What a great combination…potatoes, sage, mascarpone! Talk about comfort food. This looks sooooo good! : )

  4. 4

    Wow, what a delicious looking dish. I love the idea of the mascarpone in it. I would have to eat this with a bit of country ham on the side – my southern roots are showing. Great recipe.

  5. 5

    Gosh. I think you are right: this has to be the best potato gratin I’ve seen. Creamy mascarpone and cruchy topping. I can just imagine it with the sage, too. One of my favourite herbs. If you can make this kind of heavenly food, I’m sure nobody would mind any tantrums ;-)

    PS. Having problems myself with spammers, and so interested to see this checkbox idea. Looks great!

  6. 6

    What a wonderful idea to add mascarpone to gratin! I usually make it with milk or cream only… would love a bite :)

  7. 7

    I love cheese too, and this gratin looks amazing. (And yes, I did keep reading to the end. Stubborn? If you say so.)

  8. 8

    Thanks for the friend request on Foodbuzz. I am enjoying your beautiful blog! You have so many delicious recipes that I need to go find a snack now because I’m absolutely starving. :) Have a great day!

  9. 9

    This looks like mega comfort food! Haha, glad I’ve found someone else who is helplessly addicted to chocolate like me. :)

    Thanks for the comment on my blog! All the best (oh, and I put part 2 up today. :)

  10. 10

    Wow! This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!!!!

    Holly

  11. 11

    Well this sounds like my perfect meal. Cheese, potatoes, crispy bits. Without a shadow of a doubt, this would be two portions for me. Thanks for following!

  12. 12

    Oh, man, this looks decadent and delicious! We’re entertaining in a couple weeks, and this would be the perfect side dish. Copying to try…thanks!

  13. 13

    Ooooo la la! This looks creamy and decadent… in a word–wonderful!

  14. 14

    “Oh my God”! That was what can out of my mouth after the first bite! This is absolutely amazing. I don’t think I will ever make potatoes any other way again. Thank you! I’m going to lay on my couch now and experience the happy tummy dance :)
    Leslie

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