Potato Leek Gratin with Fresh Sage

Potato Leek Gratin with Fresh Sage
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 6-7
 

Ingredients
  • 3 lb. yellow potatoes, very thinly sliced
  • 1 quart milk, preferably whole
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh sage or 1 Tbsp. dried
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 large or 3 medium leeks, white parts cut in half lengthwise, carefully washed, & sliced
  • Salt, pepper, & grated nutmeg to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 c. breadcrumbs
  • 1 ½ c. grated cheese, such as Gruyere, white cheddar, smoked gouda, or fontina.
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, cut into pieces

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees & butter a 9”x12” gratin dish.
  2. Slowly bring milk, bay leaves, sage sprigs, garlic, leeks, & 2 tsp. salt to a boil in a large pan.
  3. Simmer until potatoes are just tender.
  4. Drain, reserving milk & keeping it hot, & remove herbs.
  5. Combine chopped fresh sage, breadcrumbs, & a ½ cup of the cheese & set aside. Make a single layer of vegetables in the dish, sprinkle with salt & nutmeg & top with a light layer of cheese.
  6. Repeat with the remaining vegetables & cheese, ending up with vegetables on top.
  7. Add enough of the hot reserved milk to just barely cover.
  8. Top with the sage/breadcrumb/cheese mix & dot with butter & bake until crust is golden, about 50-60 minutes.