Scalloped Potato Gratin

I’ve made this dish around the holidays for years and brought it out last weekend to go with a baked ham we were eating for dinner. It’s a pretty straight forward potato dish but the flavors and textures are really incredible. You can use as much, or as little, thyme and garlic as you like. I think it’s better on the more side.


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme, plus more to finish
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Unsalted butter
  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices*
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for broiling 


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a saucepan, heat up the heavy cream with the thyme, garlic, and nutmeg

While the cream is heating up, butter a 9×13″ casserole dish. Place a layer of potatoes in an overlapping pattern and season with salt and pepper.

Remove the cream from the heat and ladle a little over the potatoes and top with some of the Parmesian. Make 2-3 more layers, bake uncovered, for 45 minutes.

Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan and bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese browns.

*A mandolin slicer (or a food processor with a slicing disk) is the best way to get uniform slices that will cook evenly.

Buy This – Biscuits and Gravy Lays Potato Chips

I love Lay’s potato chips but these flavor contests they’ve been having were lost on me (until now).  The year several new flavors were released and I decided to try a few of them.


The Ruben tasted like Rye bread to me.  Not bad but not great.  There was an occasional tartness from the kraut flavoring but the Rye taste was the dominant flavor.

The Gyro (I’m a big gyro fan) had a B.O. smell/taste.  Gross!

The Truffle version had no discernible truffle taste to it at all.  I can handle a little truffle but I usually think it’s over done on dishes.  This was more of a sour cream and onion flavoring but not as good.

That leaves us with Biscuits and Gravy.  It tastes just like it’s supposed to!  Subtle sausage seasoning and a powdered creamy component that, when mixed together, was outstanding.

I must not be alone in my desire for these.  Like the elusive Chicken and Waffle flavor that was such a hit last year (I never got to try them because no one had them in stock), the B&G flavor is absent in all but a few obscure places. The local gas station has small $1.50 bags and Subway has all the flavors in the single serve bags.

If you’re going to jump on board and play the Lays Flavor Game start with the Biscuits and Gravy.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!