Monday, May 27, 2024

Brie Dauphinoise Potatoes | RecipeTin Eats


I am so excited to share this Brie Dauphinoise Potatoes because it ticks a lot of boxes! Feel good food with wow-factor that’s knee-knockingly delicious, straight forward, great for make-ahead and not that expensive. The perfect potato side dish for special occasions!

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Potato Dauphinoise – elevated

I used to think classic Potato Dauphinoise was the ultimate potato bake But then we plonked brie on it, baked it, and it catapulted into another stratosphere! Because brie trumps ordinary cheese every day of the week, and twice on special occasions.

Think: melt-in-your-mouth layers of thinly sliced potato bubbling away in a butter-cream sauce perfumed with just the right amount of garlic and thyme. Already great.

But then we place brie on top, cut face down, and pop it back in the oven until it melts and oozes all over the surface and seeps down the sides. Incredible.

And then – you cut into the brie skins to discover pockets of gooey brie underneath. Your eyes widen, your face splits into a huge grin, you do a little happy dance and you scoop up way, way more than your fair share.

You know I’m describing myself here. Though I’d wager this describes you too, when you make this!!

Brie Dauphinoise Potatoes freshly baked
Love the visual impact of the mini brie on the surface!

Ingredients in Brie Dauphinoise Potatoes

This recipe is actually a simplified version of tartiflette which is a potato bake from the French Alps. It’s baked with Reblochon cheese on top, one of those pungent washed rind cheeses which I haven’t seen here in Australia. So we’re going with good ole’ brie in our version! Here’s what you need:

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1. Mini bries

This recipe calls for 3 x small brie that are 8 cm/3.2″ wide weighing 125g / 4oz each. I use the Woolworths brand one which are $2.80 each. Don’t bother with artisan brie, it’s wasted for this dish!

Brie for Brie Dauphinoise Potatoes
If you’re looking at this photo for size context – remember, I have small hands. 😂

Small bries work well because once split in half, 3 small ones almost fully cover the surface of a 1.5 litre / 1.5 quart (6 cup) baking dish in which the potato dauphinoise is baked. The idea behind using small ones is that the skin of the cheese sort of contains some of the cheese inside even once fully melted, so you get an impressive ooze when you cut into it.

However, if you can’t find the small ones, just use two larger ones. I’d keep them whole so the skin holds some of the cheese underneath because honestly, that is one of the great things about this dish. 🥰

Brie vs camembert – Camembert will work just as well, it’s just that brie is richer (~65% fat v 45%).

2. The potato bake part

These are the same ingredients as classic Dauphinoise Potatoes excluding shredded cheese. Because even the self confessed Cheese Queen admits that’d be too much cheese!

Ingredients in Brie Dauphinoise Potatoes
  • Potatoes – We want to use starchy potatoes for potato bakes like this so they break down and become soft and fluffy, rather than slippery like waxy potatoes do. It’s so disappointing when you cut through the molten cheesy topping only to find the potato slices are sliding all over the place (from the vivid description, you can guess I’ve made that mistake!).

    Australia – Sebago (those dirt brushed potatoes) are ideal. US – Russet, and UK – King Edward or Maris Piper are perfect. Or any other starchy potatoes – Dutch creams, King Edwards or red delight.

  • Cream – Thickened or heavy cream work best, otherwise any full fat cream. This is the sauce in Dauphinoise that makes the potatoes so deliciously creamy.

  • Garlic and butter – Mixed into the cream for deliciously buttery garlicky flavour in the creamy sauce.

  • Fresh thyme – Scattered on each layer of potatoes, fresh thyme adds the most beautiful hint of herby flavour. Dried thyme really isn’t the same. But if you really can’t get fresh, just use dried (half the quantity as dried is more intense than fresh).

  • Salt and pepper – For scattering on the layers as you assemble.

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How to make Brie Dauphinoise Potatoes

The part that is a bit finicky is slicing the potatoes thinly though if you’ve got a mandolin you’ll make short work of it. Other than that, this is breeze to make!

  1. Cut the brie in half horizontally to form 2 rounds. Do this while fridge cold, it’s easier (cutting gooey room temperature brie is a mess!).

  2. Cream sauce – Mix the cream, butter and garlic in a jug.

  1. Slice the potatoes using a mandolin (if you’ve got it), else, sharpen your knife and get to work!

  2. Layer one third of the potatoes in a 1.5 litre / 6 cup baking dish. Pour over one-third of the cream (make sure you scoop up some of the garlic settled at the base too) then sprinkle with one third of the thyme, salt and pepper.

  1. Repeat twice more, using up all the cream, thyme, salt and pepper, so you have 3 layers in total.

  2. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes or until the potatoes are basically done ie. soft (use a butter knife to test in the centre).

    I know that sounds like a long time, and yours might be faster especially if you use a larger baking dish so the potatoes are not stacked as deep as mine. But for me, it consistently takes 80 minutes! The potatoes won’t get much softer during the 30 minute brie melting time, they just enjoy bubbling away in the melty brie.

  1. Brie – Remove the foil. Place brie on top, cut face down.

  2. Bake for a further 30 minutes or until the melted brie is bubbling and the edges are golden. Rest 5 minutes then serve!

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Scooping Brie Dauphinoise Potatoes
Brie Dauphinoise Potatoes in a bowl
Pictured with Pomegranate Spinach Salad and inhaled as dinner!

It’s a side….it’s a meal!

You know I’m pitching this to you as a side dish. There are rumblings in the RecipeTin family WhatsApp thread that this needs to make an appearance on Christmas Day alongside the Seafood Platter which would go so well – think, light, cold seafood with warm oozy potato dauphinoise. YES!!!

But I exaggerate not when I say I’ve been inhaling bowls of this as a meal with a leafy side salad. It’s pictured above with an on-point holiday appropriate Pomegranate Salad (it’s got candied walnuts!). And not 5 minutes ago, I finished making the recipe video and it was dinner with this Rocket Salad on the side.

Making ahead – and leftovers

And lastly, just letting you know this is a make-ahead beauty! Assemble and bake for the covered part. Refrigerate, then finish baking it on the day with the brie on top.

In the event you are fortunate enough to have leftovers, I strongly suggest hiding the dish at the back of the fridge so you can enjoy leftovers without sharing. Or do as I suggested to a friend – cover with foil and label as RAW CHICKEN (to deter teenage boys). It works. 😈 – Nagi x


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Brie Potato Dauphinoise (Gratin)

Servings10 people

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Recipe video above. I used to think classic Potato Dauphinoise was the ultimate potato bake But then we plonked brie on it and it catapulted into another stratosphere! Because brie trumps ordinary cheese every day of the week, and twice on special occasions .Mini brie are good value at grocery stores ($2.80 each), expensive ones are wasted for this purpose. Also, this is great for making ahead.

Instructions

  • Cream Mixture: Place butter, cream and garlic in a jug. Mix until combined.

  • Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F (both fan and standard ovens).

  • Slice potatoes: Peel the potatoes and slice them 1/8″/3 mm thick. Or use a slicer!

  • Layer 1: Spread 1/3 of the potatoes in a 1.5 litre / 6 cup baking dish (Note 5). Then pour over 1/3 of the Cream Mixture, scatter with 1/3 of the salt, pepper and thyme.

  • Layers 2 & 3: Repeat for the 2nd and third layer.

  • Cover & bake: Cover with foil, and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes or until the potatoes in the middle are soft (use knife to test), it might take 1 1/2 hours. (Note 6)

  • Top with brie, bake again: Remove foil. Place brie on the surface, cut side down. Bake for a further 30 minutes until the brie is oozy and the edges tinged with gold.

  • Serve – Stand 5 minutes before serving and be prepared to swoon!

Recipe Notes:

1. Cream – For a lighter version, use light fat, or US half and half (or use 1/2 cream, half milk). But it won’t have the same rich mouthfeel. Don’t try this with just milk.
2. Potatoes – Australia: Use Sebago (“dirt” potatoes, sold everywhere), US: Russet, UK: King Edward or Maris Piper
OR any other starchy potatoes. Dutch creams, King Edwards or red delight. Great all rounders like golden delight, coliban and red rascal are also great.
3. Thyme – Really try to get fresh for this special dish. But if you can’t, use 1 tsp dried thyme and crush it between your fingers to powder it up slightly, it will release a bit of extra flavour.
4. Brie – No need to get expensive ones, I use the Woolworths brand one (125g/4oz, 8cm / 3″ diameter) which are $2.80 each. Camembert also works but brie is richer with a higher fat content ~65% v 45% for camembert.
Cut when fridge cold, it’s easier because it’s firmer.
Small brie works best because 3 cut in half will cover the surface nicely, and the skin sort of holds some of the oozy cheese in though some will ooze out and spread across the surface and seep down the sides. 
If you can’t get small, just use 2 larger ones.
5. Baking Dish Size – I use a 1.5L / 1.5 Qt / 6 cup, 18 x 26 cm x 5 cm / 7 x 11 x 2″ oval shape, or thereabouts but it’s full to the brim so a slightly larger one would be more ideal. A 26 cm / 11″ skillet also works great. A 20cm/8″ square pan is too small. Larger dish is fine – just means the potatoes au gratin isn’t as deep
6. Baking time – Will differ depending on shape of dish, depth of potatoes, heat retention of baking dish, reliability of oven etc, 1 hour 20 minutes covered is consistently the time for me.
7. Make ahead: Near perfect for make ahead! Bake covered with the foil until the potatoes are fully cooked (it might take 1 1/2 hours). Cool uncovered on counter then refrigerate covered. Remove from fridge 2 hours prior. Warm in the oven covered in foil for 15 minutes, plonk the brie on then bake uncovered 30 minutes. 
To speed things up you can microwave it then pop it in the oven (this is dense so takes quite a while to reheat in the oven, depends on depth of baking dish you use).
Leftovers will keep for 3 to 4 days in the fridge.
Nutrition assumes 10 servings.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 110gCalories: 334cal (17%)Carbohydrates: 16g (5%)Protein: 11g (22%)Fat: 26g (40%)Saturated Fat: 16g (100%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 85mg (28%)Sodium: 483mg (21%)Potassium: 430mg (12%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 2g (2%)Vitamin A: 847IU (17%)Vitamin C: 6mg (7%)Calcium: 107mg (11%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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