The Ultimate Potato Gratin

The Ultimate Potato Gratin
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1h 35 min
6 servings

Made with sliced bacon, savoy cabbage, fresh chives, cream, Parmesan and potatoes, this dish is a comfort food craving come true.

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head savoy cabbage, cored, cleaned, and shredded
(2-inch) piece slab bacon, thinly sliced
Tbsp unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the gratin dish
cloves garlic, finely chopped
bunch fresh chives, finely chopped to ¼ cup
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
lb(s) baking potatoes, unpeeled and thinly sliced (about ⅛-inch), see Cook's note*
2 ½
cups heavy cream
cups grated Parmesan


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Step 2

Finely shred the cabbage. Cut the bacon into 1/2-inch chunks. Place a small skillet over medium-low heat and fry the bacon, until crisp. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.

Step 3

Add 1 tablespoon butter to bacon fat in frying pan. When it has melted add 1/2 the garlic and give it a quick stir with a wooden spoon to soften. Add the cabbage and coat it with the butter. Slowly let it wilt. Add the bacon. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove from heat and add most of the chives, reserving a little for the garnish.

Step 4

Generously butter the bottom and sides of an ovenproof casserole dish.

Step 5

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, 1 1/2 cups of cream, 1 cup of Parmesan, and the remaining garlic, Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Using your hands, place a layer of potatoes in the casserole dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan and repeat with 2 more layers. Spoon the cabbage mixture on top and spread it out evenly over the potatoes. Top it off with 2 more layers of potato and Parmesan. Pour the remaining 1cup cream over the dish. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.

Step 6

Cover dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 1 hour. Remove foil and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. Leave for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh chives.

Step 7

*Cook’s Note: Slice the potatoes immediately before using so they don’t turn brown.

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