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Scalloped Potato Gratin

I’ve been writing this blog for a few years now and sometimes when I look back on all that I’ve done and all of the people I’ve met because of it… well, I just have to pinch myself.  Even more amazing than the fabulous places I’ve been taken to or the restaurants I’ve gotten to eat at, it’s the friendships I’ve made that are what makes all of this so incredibly magical.  And, if you haven’t gathered, us bloggers are a tight-knit group… one that’s filled with love and support.

How I got introduced to Lisa and her blog, With Style and Grace, is something I have trouble recalling.  She may have left  a comment on my blog or maybe I left one on hers.  Who knows?  All I know is that as soon as we started corresponding, I immediately felt a connection… a kindred spirit who I knew was going to play a part in my life.  How, I didn’t know.

As it turns out, Lisa has had a greater impact on me than I could have imagined.  A little over a year ago, when we met in person for the first time at Chelsea Market in New York, I told her that I was thinking of doing photography professionally but that I was terrified of failing.  She grabbed my hand, looked me straight in the eye, and told me that I not only should do it… but that I could do it.  And it was then that I decided to make the leap.

Lisa is one of the most thoughtful people I know and every time we get together, there’s laughter and long conversations ranging in everything from religion to movies to relationships.  It’s a special bond that I value with all of my heart.

And now, my dear Lisa is having a baby boy!

Pregnancy has been especially rough for her, but I am pretty certain that it will all be worth it in the end. It brings me great pleasure to be hosting a Virtual Baby Shower for Lisa!  I picked out this Scalloped Potato Gratin (which has both russet and sweet potatoes) because Lisa has been on a very odd diet these last nine months which has consisted of a lot of baked potatoes and she loves anything with a lot of cheese on it.  Oh, and it’s gluten-free, which is perfect for her!

Let’s get on with the rest of the party!  Here’s the list of other bloggers (and their recipes):

A Thought For Food | Scalloped Potato Gratin
Yes I Want Cake | Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Family Fresh Cooking  | Maple Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
What’s Gaby Cooking | Chocolate Dipped Meringues
Two Peas and a Pod | Vegetable Quinoa Soup
Simple Bites | Maple Pumpkin Pie
Three Many Cooks | Chocolate-Peanut Chex Mix
Heather Christo Cooks | Butternut Squash Bacon Scones
Aggies Kitchen | Iced Apple Cinnamon Tea
Reluctant Entertainer | Mascarpone Marmalade Bites

Scalloped Potato Gratin

(slightly adapted from the recipe by Tyler Florence)


1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 sprig fresh thyme

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1 lb russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch thick slices

1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch thick slices

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for broiling



Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a saucepan, heat up the cream with a sprig of thyme, chopped garlic and nutmeg.

While cream is heating up, butter a casserole dish. Place a layer of potato in an overlapping pattern and season with salt and pepper. Remove cream from heat, then pour a little over the potatoes. Top with some grated Parmesan. Make 2 more layers. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Sprinkle some more Parmesan and broil until cheese browns, about 5 minutes.

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  • Jeanne @ CooksisterOctober 17, 2012 - 3:54 am

    oh I do love me a good potato gratin…! Looks fantastic. And isn’t it amazing the people you meet and the experiences you have as a result of your blog?? Some of the best unintended consequences :)ReplyCancel

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  • Lisa | With Style and GraceOctober 17, 2012 - 4:14 am

    Me being the late nighter that I am, I saw your tweet – scalloped potatoes and I was drawn in. Then I saw With Style and Grace and I swear it took an entire minute [lets blame the baby] before I realized this was for ME! My goodness, you hit a home run with my emotions – you and your sweet words, my goodness! You also crack me up because you know me SO well! I feel so incredibly honored to be able to call you my friend and can’t wait for you to meet my little guy – that would be my son, not my husband 😉 Speaking of husband, I just re-read this post to him with a few happy tears. We both agreed that this is one of THE nicest posts anyone has ever written. He also laughed and said, “haha, he knows you so well!”. It’s true. Love you to the moon, my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Irvin @ Eat the LoveOctober 17, 2012 - 4:48 am

    Yay! Scalloped potato gratin sound fantastic! I love it. And I love Lisa! Thanks for inviting me to the party. I just wish I could actually eat that right now!ReplyCancel

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  • AggieOctober 17, 2012 - 6:06 am

    Awww, congrats to Lisa!! This is a sweet post and absolutely mouth watering as well. What a dish! Thanks for coordinating and including me. Lisa is a gem!ReplyCancel

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  • Jenny @ BAKEOctober 17, 2012 - 7:56 am

    what a brilliant dish for such a fantastic celebration!ReplyCancel

  • Loretta | A Finn In The KitchenOctober 17, 2012 - 8:42 am

    I have about half a gallon of heavy cream and potatoes and sweet potatoes right now, which is rare. Sounds like fate to me! Now I just have to pick up some cheese!

    This looks absolutely gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveOctober 17, 2012 - 8:42 am

    LOVED meeting Lisa this year and I know she would appreciate every last bite of these glorious potatoes. :)ReplyCancel

  • Bev @ Bev CooksOctober 17, 2012 - 8:56 am

    GORGEOUS taters! And gorgeous Lisa in all her belliness. Bellyness. Bellyyyiiness.

    Thank you for hosting!ReplyCancel

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  • Ken┃hungry rabbitOctober 17, 2012 - 9:10 am

    I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa a few months back through your introduction- a spectacular lady and Mom to be. This is a perfect dish for her.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarOctober 17, 2012 - 9:12 am

    What a fun, virtual party!! You guys are the best. And this gratin? Heck, yeah!ReplyCancel

  • MariaOctober 17, 2012 - 9:44 am

    What a fabulous dish and Congrats to Lisa! Wish we could all party in person-someday:)ReplyCancel

  • BrooksOctober 17, 2012 - 9:47 am

    Brian, How fortunate you are to have a friend in Lisa who validated your dream by a glint of eye-to-eye encouragement. To honor her in this way is equally touching. I love the addition of sweet potatoes in this rendition; it gives me license to sneak it in on my kids who need to broaden their palates. Bravo, good man!ReplyCancel

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  • JoanneOctober 17, 2012 - 10:01 am

    Wonderful recipe! It’s funny, potatoe gratin has to be one of my favorite potato dishes and yet, I never make it at home! Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy @ REOctober 17, 2012 - 10:32 am

    Love these potatoes. And sweet words about a fabulous person, I agree! xoReplyCancel

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  • JuliaOctober 17, 2012 - 12:47 pm

    I have viewed a few other bloggers recipes from the “party” and they all look so delish! Your potatoes are something I can whip up and serve with dinner. Great addition to the sides we typically have!ReplyCancel

  • Lubna KarimOctober 17, 2012 - 1:19 pm

    Lovely recipe…and pics make me hungry…..ReplyCancel

  • Kiersten @ Oh My VeggiesOctober 17, 2012 - 1:56 pm

    I’m making sweet potato gratin for dinner tomorrow–I’m working on a recipe for Thanksgiving. :) So much cheesy potato-y deliciousness! Congratulations to Lisa!ReplyCancel

  • Aimee @ Simple BitesOctober 17, 2012 - 2:03 pm

    Brian I am making this TONIGHT! Looks so good and I love the sweet potato tucked in there. Thanks for organizing this shower! xoxReplyCancel

  • KatieOctober 17, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    Perfect! Nothing better than cheesy potatoes. Thanks for organizing, and including me in the celebration!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanOctober 17, 2012 - 2:21 pm

    MMnnnn. . . I LOVES me some gratinated anything, especially when it’s potatoes.

    Cuando el queso es gratis, mi lengua esta confundida.ReplyCancel

  • marlaOctober 17, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    I would love these beautiful potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Thrilled to celebrate Lisa and her baby boy with all of you :)ReplyCancel

  • VijithaOctober 17, 2012 - 4:27 pm

    That’s so sweet of you guys to surprise her with a virtual potluck.Gratin looks so good. I love scallops and this dish is going to make it to the Thanks giving potluck at work.ReplyCancel

  • Heather @ Stuffed PepperOctober 17, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    oh yum! I love the way the cheese has browned and crisped. i could eat that right now! Congratulations to Lisa and to the rest of you for throwing her a virtual shower. :)ReplyCancel

  • Toni | Boulder LocavoreOctober 17, 2012 - 7:08 pm

    These potatoes are enough to encourage anyone to become pregnant for the food! These sound and look divine Brian. A lovely tribute to Lisa too; your care and affection for her are palpable. You sound like two lucky friends!ReplyCancel

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.comOctober 17, 2012 - 7:16 pm

    A great recipe to celebrate Lisa, and the friendship you both share :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.October 17, 2012 - 9:07 pm

    another great recipe! Looks like comfort food to meReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenOctober 17, 2012 - 9:55 pm

    A creamy gratin like this one is the ultimate in comfort food in my book!ReplyCancel

  • MonetOctober 17, 2012 - 10:40 pm

    How lovely! What a beautiful dish for a beautiful mama! Thank you for sharing, my friend. This looks perfect. A potato gratin will always win me over.ReplyCancel

  • JeanetteOctober 17, 2012 - 10:55 pm

    What a fun and thoughtful way to welcome Lisa’s new baby boy!ReplyCancel

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)October 17, 2012 - 11:09 pm

    I love that you used both russet potatoes and sweet potatoes. This gratin looks like pure comfort!ReplyCancel

  • AshleyOctober 17, 2012 - 11:22 pm

    Such a sweet post. Lisa is amazing and I am so glad she encouraged you to do it because you ARE doing it and doing so well!!ReplyCancel

  • KaseyOctober 17, 2012 - 11:24 pm

    Your friendship is so inspiring, Brian! I’m so glad you organized this wonderful shower for Lisa, and I’ve been enjoying everyone’s recipes. Thanks for including me! xoReplyCancel

  • Angie@Angie's RecipesOctober 17, 2012 - 11:50 pm

    Just bought some sweet potatoes (imported from the states, too cold over here to grow them, I guess) and this recipe comes just in time! Thanks, Brian, for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • CarolynOctober 18, 2012 - 5:23 am

    What a perfect dish to bring to a baby shower. And many congrats to our dear Lisa!!!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneOctober 18, 2012 - 6:51 am

    Some of the friendships I’ve made through blogging are really some of the best!! This community is THE most supportive out there…I’m sure of it. Congrats to Lisa and what a delicious gratin you’ve made for her! I especially love the combination of white and sweet potatoes.ReplyCancel

  • SamOctober 18, 2012 - 8:47 am

    I’ve made some to most cherished friends through my blog. I love that this recipe contains both russet and sweet potatoes. and CHEESE!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKOctober 18, 2012 - 9:05 am

    You are a good friend, Brian! And good friends host parties like this. And bring great food to comfort others and share with. It’s why I’m glad I can call you my friend. As do so many others.

    PS. I’m glad you took the leap. It was the right thing to do.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste)October 18, 2012 - 10:56 am

    It’s hard to resist a creamy gratin as the temperature drops, and yours looks so tender and enticing! Love your photography!ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupOctober 18, 2012 - 1:26 pm

    Do babies eat potatoes? Just shows you I don’t know a thing about babies or showers. I would have showed up with an umbrella! GREGReplyCancel

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesOctober 19, 2012 - 10:24 am

    Beautiful dish, Brian. Want!!ReplyCancel

  • Lokness @ The Missing LoknessOctober 19, 2012 - 8:18 pm

    Never thought of doing a potato gratin dish with both russet and sweet potatoes. Looks incredible!ReplyCancel

  • ShellyOctober 21, 2012 - 8:52 pm

    This is going to be part of my first home cooked meal in my new house! Know that on November 3rd, I’ll be making this potato dish to go with my lemon/thyme oven roasted chicken and candied carrots :)ReplyCancel

  • KelseyOctober 24, 2012 - 12:30 pm

    What a lovely tribute! Lisa is quite the gem.ReplyCancel

  • Allison DayOctober 26, 2012 - 11:32 pm

    This sounds fantastic! I’ve never though to use both regular and sweet potatoes in a gratin, but this sounds amazing.ReplyCancel

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