Dauphinois is a method of preparing potatoes that is the speciality of the Dauphiné area of France, near the Italian border. This is a type of gratin, where the potatoes are usually cut into thin circles and arranged with single light cream and baked in the oven. Traditional Dauphinois is served as such, however, some types of gratin Dauphinois can include the addition of milk, butter, egg and grated cheese. These additions change the experience and also offer a richer side altogether.
Since December is one of the months during which the Farmers’ market is on in Dubai, and since the UAE farmers are producing such outstanding pumpkin, butternut squash and sweet potatoes, why not mix one of them (or a variety of them) with the potatoes in making the dauphinois? They really give this gratin an incredible texture and flavour. Along with the butter and thyme, my God, I really can’t say enough.
My festive dinner will always include at least one dish with some of these ingredients. And here, I am sharing with you my best loved potato and pumpkin au dauphinois, which I flavoured with thyme. This side works especially well with my Crown Rack of Lamb recipe on this link and I usually serve the two together. Give this a try this festive season and see how glorious you table will look and how delicious your menu will be!