Home-made, straight from the oven, it is truly one of the great classics. I know it does seem extravagant to use 5 fl oz (150 ml) cream for 1 lb (450 g) potatoes, but I would forego a pudding with cream once in a while in order to justify it. And although cheese is sometimes added to this, I think it masks the potato flavour too much.
|1 lb (450 g) good-quality potatoes (King Edward or Desirée)|
|1 small clove garlic, crushed|
|5 fl oz (150 ml) double cream|
|5 fl oz (150 ml) milk|
|freshly grated nutmeg|
|1 oz (25 g) butter|
|salt and freshly milled black pepper|
|Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 2, 300°F (150°C).|
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|You will also need an 8½ inch (21 cm) oval, shallow gratin dish, well buttered.|
This recipe is taken from Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course and Delia Smith's Complete Illustrated Cookery Course.
First, peel the potatoes and slice them very, very thinly (a wooden mandolin is excellent for this operation, if you have one), then plunge the potato slices into a bowl of cold water and swill them round and round to get rid of some of the starch.
Now dry them very thoroughly in a clean tea cloth.
Then in the gratin dish arrange a layer of potato slices, a sprinkling of crushed garlic, pepper and salt and then another layer of potatoes and seasoning.
Now mix the cream and milk together, pour it over the potatoes, sprinkle with a little freshly grated nutmeg, then add the butter in flecks over the surface and bake on the highest shelf in the oven for 1½ hours.
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Traditionally served as an accompaniment to steak, this French version of mashed potato is well worth trying!
The joy of this recipe is that it just gets on and cooks by itself once it's in the oven, leaving you free to look after the rest of the meal.
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