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Pancetta and Porcini Potato Gratin

Pancetta and Porcini Potato Gratin

The next dish in my Thanksgiving dinner was not the prettiest dish but it may just have been the tastiest one! This potato gratin was inspired by a recipe that appeared in Food & Drink last year that I had just been itching to try it. Potatoes in pretty much any form have to be one of my favourite comfort foods and when you bake them until tender in a creamy cheese sauce like this you really cannot go wrong. Even though a plain old potato gratin is irresistibly addictive this recipe takes things way beyond by adding tons of pure umami and flavour with pancetta and dried porcini mushrooms. Pancetta is an Italian form of bacon and it adds a nice saltiness and an amazing crispy texture that is hidden throughout the gratin. Dried porchini mushrooms are just packed with flavour which we extract by soaking them in hot water and then using both by sprinkling the mushrooms in the gratin and adding the water they were soaked in to the creamy sauce. Of course the final component of the grain is the cheese and for this one I used a gruyere that is sprinkled both in between layers of potatoes and on top. This tasty potato gratin certainly did disappear quickly!

Pancetta and Porcini Potato Gratin

Thinly sliced potatoes baked in a creamy cheese sauce flavoured with porcini mushrooms and pancetta.


Servings: makes 4-8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hours 45 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 6 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 2 pounds potatoes, sliced 1/8 inch thin (on a mandolin)
  • 2 cups gruyere, grated
Directions
  1. Soak the dried porcini mushrooms in the water for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove the mushrooms from the water, reserving the water, squeeze the excess water from them and coarsely chop them.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
  4. Add the pancetta and saute until it starts to turn golden brown, about 4-6 minutes.
  5. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Add the mushrooms, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and saute for a minute and remove from heat.
  7. Bring the cream, milk, reserved mushroom water and nutmeg to a simmer and remove from heat.
  8. Pour a bit of the cream over the bottom of an 8x8x2 inch baking pan and layer 1/2 of the sliced potatoes on top followed by half of the pancetta and mushroom mixture and cheese, followed by the remaining potatoes, the cream and the remaining pancetta and mushroom mixture and cheese and cover in foil.
  9. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until fork tender, about 45-60 minutes. Note: At the end of this step you can let the gratin sit at room temperature for up two 2 hours before continuing.
  10. Remove the foil and continue to cook until golden brown on top, about 15 minutes.

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48 comments:

cher649 said...

Sure looks pretty to me !! :o)

Dragon said...

Yum!

Angie Tee said...

Wow! This gratin looks so yummy!

Juls said...

Potato gratins and bakes also go down a storm in my home and, wow, this looks delicious and the idea sounds so tasty and the pictures so good I could eat it off the screen! I think I will have to make it soon!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Rxtremely scrumptious!

Cheers,

Rosa

manu said...

This is a good and easy recipe! Have a nice day

Becky said...

We call them the 3P's here, (Pancetta, Porcini & Potatoes) and find them a lovely combination in chowders too. I never thought about them in a gratin. Definitely have to try it.

Emily said...

This looks UNBELIEVABLE! Yum!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely mouthwatering photo! CP

Joanne said...

I don't know...all that melty cheese looks pretty gorgeous to me!

aBroad said...

My husband would be so very happy to see this dish on our table.
Come here and cook for us ? please ? :)
Oh, alright, I will do it myself .. besitos.

Ruth Huggins said...

Definitely trying this tonight!

Lesa said...

Sounds so delicious that I'll be trying it too. And you made such elegant turns on the thyme garnish! I'm a new follower and have spent loads of time looking over your older posts which are inspiring and so beautifully done.

Kathleen said...

Wow Kevin! This looks incredible!

Kathryn said...

You said it, boatloads of umami here! Definitely worth a go.

Lauren | Have Fork Will Eat said...

...A large pool of drool has suddenly appeared on my keyboard from out of nowhere...I should get that looked at...

...Also, I'll take three, please.

Kierston said...

I like that this can be a meal with a salad rather than just a side dish...because lets face it, anytime there is potato gratin, that's all anyone wants to eat anyways

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I typically do a gruyere potato with cream for Thanksgiving, but the pancetta certainly takes it up a notch!

Foodycat said...

This looks amazing. I made a pancetta and porcini pasta bake recently, so I am totally on board with this combination of flavours! So rich and autumnal!

Kevin said...

Becky: The Pancetta, porcini and potato chowder sounds good!

Foodycat: A baked pasta version would also be so good!

Kelly's Kitchen said...

This looks absolutely mouthwatering! I will have to try this, if not for Thanksgiving, then oh, say, just a random weeknight dish! Delicious, thanks!

Choosy Beggar Tina said...

Kevin, this looks gorgeous!! I remember that recipe in F&D because it looked so good, but I also never got around to it. I might just give yours a shot instead!

sophiesfoodiefiles said...

Ooooh Kevin! what a tasty & truly appetizing & wonderful well flavoured dish!

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,....Very festive indeed!

bellini said...

There is no question that I really enjoy a good potato gratin Kevin!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Wow, Kevin - This sure takes potato gratin up a notch. And I've got plenty of dried porcini too.

Aggie said...

Yes, my mouth is watering. This sounds and looks fantastic! Would be a great side dish for entertaining and holiday meals!

souperior said...

Must echo all the voices that have beaten me to it and say YUM! Did you eat it as a meal by itself or was it an accompaniment? I'd imagine the flavours are strong enough that it could overpower a dish it was served with?

scholasticfood said...

This looks super delicious. I love the combination of mushrooms and cheese--throw in potatoes and pancetta and I'm sure it's a real winner. Thanks for sharing!

Heather said...

I have to try this. Loving all the Fall flavors you've been posting. Fall is my favorite time of year. I've gotten out all of my Oct. and Nov. back issues of Cooking Light so I can decide which recipes to try this year.

Since my husband and I went to Italy in the Fall a couple of years ago, I now associate Fall with certain Italian flavors like porcini mushrooms, so this gratin recipe will have me covered.

Anonymous said...

Looks divine!

kita said...

Not the prettiest? It looks gorgeous to me - and oh so fork worthy!

Emily said...

It looks beautiful! I can't wait to try it. One question--I didn't see in the directions where we use the reserved mushroom liquid. Did you use it in this recipe or another?

Kevin said...

Emily: Add the reserved mushroom water in step seven along with the cream and milk. Thanks for catching that!

laparisienne said...

Good lord this is all of my favorite things together! Who needs turkey?

stephanie said...

what kind of potatoes work best?

Kevin said...

Anonymous: Any potatoes will work. Some things to keep in mind: Baking potatoes like russets will absorb more liquid and they will not hold their shape as well. Boiling potatoes like white potatoes will not absorb as much of the liquids and they will hold their shape better. I generally like to go with yellow potatoes like the Yukon Gold which are somewhere in the middle.

catherine11 said...

Loving this recipe so much. I made it at my grandma’s house. The combination of recipes goes well with each other and the taste is certainly admirable. www.gourmandia.ca and www.coffeefashion .com also have interesting recipes that you’ll surely want to try!

Niki V said...

I just found this recipe on Pinterest and it looks amazing! I am making it for Thanksgiving. I was wondering though-- it says that after step 9 it can sit for up to two hours. It this AFTER it cooks for 60 minutes? Also, would I have to reheat it? Thanks!

Kevin said...

Niki V: First you bake it for 60 minutes covered in foil and then you remove the foil and you can either continue to bake it for the 15 minutes or let it sit for up to two hour and then bake it for the final 15 minutes. I mentioned this just in case you are trying to juggle oven time and space. Enjoy!

Stephanie said...

This looks amazing! I am not a mushroom fan but otherwise I am in - love the choice of cheese.

Carrie said...

This was the tastiest dish on the table at Thanksgiving. I'm making it again to take to a Christmas potluck. Thanks for a great recipe!

Carrie said...

This was the tastiest dish on the table at Thanksgiving. I'm making it again to take to a Christmas potluck. Thanks for a great recipe!

Him said...

This is a great recipe. I made a batch for a get together this weekend and everyone loved it. It is, like many things, even better the next day. It also makes a great breakfast dish with some eggs. I may make it with ham or bacon next time.

Cindie Molnar said...

Is a 9 x 13 the correct size of baking dish to use?

Kevin Lynch said...

Cindie Molnar: I normally use an 8x8x2 inch pan or equivalent but you could use a 9x13 inch pan and reduce the baking time a bit.

Anonymous said...

Can you make this a couple of days ahead? Thanking you in advance. this looks delicious!

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: Yes, this can be made a couple of days ahead of time.

Ruby Tuesday Coupons said...

Potato with mushroom, so good..I wanna try this at home today. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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