Recipe by SLIND
"This colorful, creamy potato casserole can be made more sophisticated by using peeled potatoes and herbed goat cheese."
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purple potatoes, thinly sliced
crumbled goat cheese
grated Parmesan cheese
Despite the review that RotorTrash left (and yes, my taste buds are perfectly refined, so thank you for that), I used cheddar. The chance that a family of five on a budget will have goat cheese is slim to none. It was very, very good and my kids loved it. RotorTrash, I hope to someday use goat cheese, but in the meantime, my very refined taste buds loved the cheddar.
I also substituted cheddar for the goat cheese, and I found the flavor to be a little bland, although I think a little salt might have done the trick. This was an easy recipe, and I will try it again adding some salt and possibly more milk.
Who knew cheese perference was such a controversial issue, especially in a dish that's basically peasant food. (The best kind in IMHO.) Since there are varieties of goat cheese that range from mild to pungent, and from fresh to aged, the recipe as written leaves a lot a wiggle room. Like saying use a half a cup of cow cheese. And in this recipe, that's okay because it's hard to mix potatoes, cheese and smoked pork without coming up with something that tastes wonderful. I made it with asiago, new potatoes and pancetta because that's what I had on hand. Using maple bacon and sharp cheddar would make it love letter to Vermont. Someone mentioned using feta, I think, which would make it more delicate and I'd probably pair that with Canadian bacon. Onions or scallions can be substituted for leeks. Oregon Golds for a softer texture, Reds for a firmer one. And that's what I like about this recipe. It's all good.
This is a great recipe! I substitued cheddar for the goat cheese and it still turned out wonderful. I will make this one over and over again! *****Made this again 10/14/2005 with the correct ingredients, and I think I prefer the cheddar I used last time over the goat cheese. I bet blue cheese would be yummy too. Used a bag of baby tri-color potatoes (purple, red, and yellow) from Trader Joe's. To the reviewer wondering what size of potatoes to use, I used potatoes that were probably 4-5 inches long the last time I made this, and it seemed to work well.
I dont know why anyone would choose to use cheddar in this recipe over goat cheese. The cheddar would take away numerous levels of depth from the amazing flavor combinations in this beautiful gratin. If your taste buds aren't refined enough for goat cheese or you dont have it on hand, dont waste your time. This is one of the best recipes I have found on this site, My ONLY complaint is that it doesnt make nearly enough. I am bringing this to Thanksgiving dinner this year, it is sure to be a hit.
I found this recipe and was intrigued. I decided to make this with ingredients I had on hand: Idaho rather than purple potatoes, Feta rather than Goat Cheese, and Green Onion rather than leaks. I felt these were minor modifications and am pleased to report that this lived up to its name...it is indeed FABULOUS. I was concerned about the lack of herbs and seasonings but it was perfect as written. I did top with fresh chives, from my garden, so that I could take a "pretty" picture. Thanks for this recipe as it is a keeper.
I made the recipe exactly as written. Loved it!! Got mad reviews from my finicky friends. I really loved the flavor of the goat cheese. Would never think of using anything else.
This is so yummy! I didn't have bacon or goat cheese, so I substituted canadian bacon slices and mozzarella. Even so, the flavors are wonderful. I can't wait to make this again.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Stacey's Fabulous Purple Potato Gratin
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 282
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