Saturday, 5 November 2011

Potato and Vegetable au Gratin

This extremely easy potato recipe makes a truly perfect side dish for almost any dinner party entrée. It takes very little time to prepare yet is absolutely delicious! It can either be served directly from the baking dish or alternatively cut into slices or rounds using a pastry cutter. It also makes an excellent base for serving a classic meat, poultry or fish dish sliced and placed directly on top.

Ingredients Serves 4

350g        peeled potatoes
150g        peeled butternut squash
1              garlic clove, finely chopped or crushed (optional)
80g          finely sliced leek
                salt & freshly ground black pepper
80ml         heavy (double) cream
30g          melted butter


For this quick and easy recipe you will need a medium size ovenproof baking or casserole dish.
Preheat the oven to 180C. Finely slice the potato & butternut squash.

In a large bowl, mix together the cream, garlic, melted butter and seasoning. Then add all of the sliced vegetables and combine well.

Transfer the ingredients to the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and firm.
For an added touch of flavour, I sometimes sprinkle some grated cheese over the potato mix before baking.

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