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October's Cooking Club Challenge: Two Potato, Three Canadian Cheese Gratin


Posted by : Souzan Michael, Mon, Oct 01 2012

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Well readers, the results are in! This month, we gave you three ooey-gooey cheese-centered recipes to choose from and judging by your votes, you're eager to make this yummy Two Potato, Three Canadian Cheese Gratin. We think you'll have a blast with October's Cooking Club Challenge, brought to you by Dairy Famers of Canada. Remember, you can either follow the recipe we've provided, or use it as a guideline as you add your own unique spin on it. We can't wait to see what you come up with!



How the Cooking Club Challenge works:  

•Make the chosen recipe
•Follow the recipe, or add your creative flair
•Email us (giveaways@foodnetwork.ca) a picture and a short descriptive paragraph before month's end for your chance to win a cookbook and a $100 gift card to The Bay


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Yield: 4 


6 strips bacon, cut into 1/2 inch (1 cm) pieces  

1 tablespoon tbsp (15 ml) butter  

2 cloves garlic, minced  

2 cups (500 ml) thinly sliced leeks, white and light green parts only  

1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried thyme leaves  

2 tablespoons (30 ml) grainy Dijon mustard  

1 1/2 cups (375 ml) 35% whipping cream  

1 pound (500 g) each, sweet potatoes and yellow fleshed potatoes  

1/2 cup (125 ml) each, freshly grated Canadian Parmesan, Asiago and Gouda cheese  

2 tablespoons (30 ml) finely chopped chives  



  1. Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C).
  2. Lightly butter an 8-cup (2 L) shallow baking dish.
  3. In large skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon, until crisp. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
  4. Drain off fat from skillet, reserving brown bits; reduce heat to medium and melt butter. Add garlic and leeks; cook stirring often for about 3 to 5 min or until slightly softened. Remove from heat; season with thyme and stir in mustard and cream; set aside.
  5. Peel and thinly slice potatoes about 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick and place one-third into prepared dish; sprinkle with half of the reserved bacon. Spoon half of the leek mixture over top. Repeat layer of potatoes, bacon, and leek mixture. Top with remaining potatoes.
  6. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 40 to 50 min or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife.
  7. Remove foil and sprinkle with cheese; bake for 8 to 10 min or until cheese melts and sauce is bubbly.
  8. Let stand for 5 min before serving. Sprinkle with chives.




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