Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pancetta and Porcini Potato Gratin

I found this recipe on one nof my favorite food blogs, closetcooking.com.  It is recipes like this one that made me want to have a Pre-Thansgiving meals with all new recipes.  From the moment I saw it I knew I had to make it...It literally made my mouth water when I read it!  ENJOY!
Pancetta and Porcini Potato Gratin
1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
1/2 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon oil
6 ounces pancetta, diced
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup cream
1/2 cup milk
1 pinch nutmeg
2 pounds potatoes, sliced 1/8 inch thin (on a mandolin)
2 cups gruyere, grated
 

Soak the dried porcini mushrooms in the water for 20 minutes.

Remove the mushrooms from the water, reserving the water, squeeze the excess water from them and coarsely chop them.
 
Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
Add the pancetta and saute until it starts to turn golden brown, about 4-6 minutes.
Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
 
Add the mushrooms, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and saute for a minute and remove from heat.

Bring the cream, milk and nutmeg to a simmer and remove from heat.
 
Pour a bit of the cream over the bottom of a baking pan and layer 1/2 of the sliced potatoes on top followed by half of the pancetta and mushroom mixture and cheese, followed by the remaining potatoes, the cream and the remaining pancetta and mushroom mixture and cheese and cover in foil.
 
 
 

 
Bake in a preheated 350F oven until fork tender, about 45-60 minutes. Note: At the end of this step you can let the gratin sit at room temperature for up two 2 hours before continuing.
Remove the foil and continue to cook until golden brown on top, about 15 minutes.
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2 comments:

  1. Question...do you bring the water to a boil...remove it...then add the mushrooms?

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    1. Hi there! For the mushrooms you can just put them in room temp water, soak them for 20 minutes, remove the mushrooms from the water squeezing them to get all the excess water out and then you will reserve the water from their time soaking. Does that help? If not, please feel free to message me again and I will do my best to clarify!

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