This week’s French Fridays with Dorie entry is another example of why I love Dorie’s recipes. For November, we were give four recipes to work on but were allowed to chose what we posted when so for me, it’s been a matter of figuring out what will work with our crazy busy schedule. Last weekend, I knew that I had a couple of nights alone at home for dinner ahead of me and looking at the salad greens and tomatoes I needed to use up in the fridge, I decided that the perfect accompaniment would be Pommes Dauphinois – aka Potato Gratin.
Trouble is, I only had a tiny bit of cream and cheese and two small potatoes. No worries. I am becoming an expert in “Math(s) for baking” and making very small quantities of recipes for Daring Bakers (because really, who needs a dozen doughnuts when you can have six perfect doughnut holes?) so I decided to make one individual (actually two servings) dish.
It was absolutely perfect with a green salad for a light dinner when I was coming home late from parent teacher interviews. And it took all of 10 minutes to put together and about 25 minutes to bake. It was delicious, warming and creamy and actually still pretty good the following day. And, erm, the day after. Dorie offers a number of ways in which you can customise this dish according to what you have on hand. Another reason to love this book – Dorie “gets it” that you might not always have all the exact ingredients the recipe calls for but makes it easy to work with what you have. This will be my go-to gratin from now on. Dorie, your book is becoming my kitchen bible!
A few people have asked for recipes for the French Fridays with Dorie entries. The group does not publish the recipes on our blogs, rather, we would prefer it if you would purchase the book yourselves (you definitely want this book!) which you can do here on Amazon (it’s on special right now!!!) or here on Amazon Canada (it’s also on special!)
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