Gratin de Pommes de Terre Provencal

  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins

Your guests' French is a bit rusty? You can always call this "Scalloped Potatoes with Onions, Tomatoes, Anchovies, Herbs and Garlic."

Ingredients

2cups thinly sliced onions
2tablespoons olive oil
A small saucepan
1 1/2pounds tomatoes, peeled, seeded and juiced (4 or 5 tomatoes, 2 1/4 cups pulp)
1/4teaspoon salt
6 anchovies, packed in oil, drained
2 garlic cloves, mashed
1/4teaspoon basil
1/4teaspoon thyme
1/8teaspoon pepper
2tablespoons olive oil (you can use the oil from the can of anchovies)
An oiled baking dish, 10 inches diameter, 2 inches deep
2pounds boiling potatoes, sliced 1/8 inch thick (6 to 7 cups)
1/4cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese or Swiss cheese
1teaspoon olive oil
Aluminum foil, if necessary

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cook onions and olive oil slowly together in the saucepan until onions are tender by not browned. Cut the tomato pulp into strips 3/8 inch wide. Fold tomatoes and salt into onions. Set aside.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, mash anchovies into a paste with garlic, herbs, pepper and oil.
  4. Spread one quarter of tomatoes and onions in baking dish. Over them arrange half the potato slices, then half the anchovy mixture then half the remaining tomatoes and onions. Spread over this the rest of the potatoes and the anchovy mixture; top with the last of the tomatoes and onions. Spread on cheese and sprinkle with olive oil.
  5. Place in middle level of oven and bake about 40 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and have absorbed all the juice from the tomatoes. If the top browns too much during cooking, cover very loosely with a sheet of foil.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume One (Alfred A. Knopf, 1970). 

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