Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spiralized Potato Gratin

As you all know, because I've told you this before, I hate gadgets. I think they are largely unnecessary, a pain in the neck to store, and an expense that we can all do without. All of this said, I caved, and bought a spiralizer, this one. The spiralizer is unique in that it does something no other kitchen implement will do, namely turn fruit and vegetables into noodles. If you like that idea, then you may want one of these of your own.

I have to admit, I found this little device intriguing. It made short work of an onion and potato, which I spiralized immediately upon taking it out of the box. I turned these into an excellent potato casserole. It took no time at all, and is one I will certainly make again. I also decided, as I eagerly watched my onion turn into thin ribbons, that I am going to put this to good use when I make my giant vats of onion soup. And, just today, I came home with zucchini from the store, so I will be making what has come to be referred to as “zoodles,” and let you know what I think about them.

Honestly, you don't really need one of these things, but they are a good bit of fun. Here's the recipe that I used to make the casserole. Give it a try; I think the entire family is going to love this one. I mean, come on, who doesn't like onions, potatoes, and cheese?
Spiralized Potato Gratin
From The Spiralizer Cookbook

2 yellow onions, peeled and ends trimmed
5 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing

3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
4 russet potatoes (about 3-1/2 pounds total weight), ends trimmed
2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
6 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded
Roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for serving (optional)

Cut a slit in one side of each onion, stopping near the center. Spiralize the onions using the straight blade.

In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm 3 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onion and sauté until browned and tender, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and sauté until fragrant, about one minute. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool

Preheat the oven to 400°F and lightly grease a 4-quart baking dish

Spiralize the potatoes using the shredder blade, stopping to break or cut the strands every 3 to 4 rotations. Transfer the potatoes to the bowl with the onions and toss with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, the salt, pepper, and two thirds of the Gruyere until well mixed. Transfer the mixture to the prepared dish and sprinkle the remaining Gruyere over the top. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the top is golden brown and the knife inserts easily into the center of the gratin, 20 to 30 minutes.

Let rest for five minutes before serving. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired, and serve.
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Stacey said...

I'm right there with you - I don't feel the need for a bunch of gadgets. I have been tempted by one of these though because there are so many great recipes out there using zoodles. I've seen lots of low cal recipes too.

Now as for potato gratin, sign me up!!

bj said...

this looks amazing...we love potatoes around here. I pinned so I can make it soon. xoxo

Linda said...

We've been eyeing one of those but mostly because of the "zoodles". Now that he's seen it done with a potato (never thought about it!), Hubby will want one to make curly fries. ;) Love this idea. Looking forward to your thoughts about zucchini noodles.

Miz Helen said...

This will be my next recipe for my zoodle machine! Hope you have a fantastic weekend and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Joanne said...

That looks quite scrumptious! Pinned.

The Lazy Gastronome said...

Ohhh this looks SO good! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!

Unknown said...

So pinned this! Sounds amazing!

I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

The Cape Coop said...

YUM! Potatoes gratin is one of my favorites - thanks for sharing on Homestead Blog Hop!

Unknown said...

I haven't spiralized an onion yet Pattie, can't wait to try that and this recipe! Going on my April bucket list! Yes spiralizers are not a necessity, but they sure are fun!

Sandra Lee said...

I need this gadget so that I can make these potatoes.