Potato Gratin with Bacon

Today I've got a new recipe for you :) I never tried making a potato gratin before because I thought it would take a lot of time and it would be hard to get the consistency right... This is also the dish that got my Mom desperate almost every time because no matter whose instructions she followed, the potatoes would end up unfinished.  But I got the dish finished in less than an hour, the consistency of the potatoes was perfect and it even tasted good :D So if you stayed away from potato gratin for the same reasons that I did, I can only encourage you to try this recipe. 

This is how it looked before it went into the oven. 

Just a little note before we start: Most of the recipes that I found put the raw potatoes in the oven and then need more than an hour of baking time alone! So I cheated and precooked those potatoes - this saved a lot of time. 

So here's the recipe: 

Prep. time: 15 minutes - cooking time: 10 minutes - baking time: 15-20 minutes - total time: about 45 minutes 

Ingredients (serves 2-3):

5 large potatoes

1 large garlic clove
75 ml milk
75 ml cream
2 teaspoons of soured cream
75g bacon strips
75g grated cheese
grated nutmeg
black pepper
some butter

Heat some lighlty salted water on the stove. Peel the potatoes and cut them into thin slices. As soon as the water starts to boil, add in the potatoes and let them cook until they are almost done; this should take about 8-10 minutes. 
Preheat the oven to 200°C/ about 390°F. 
Finely chop the garlic and cut the bacon into one-inch-pieces. Heat a pan and cook the bacon. When the bacon is almost done, add in the garlic and stir for a minute or two. 
Now the potatoes should also be ready. Drain the potatoes and transfer them to a baking dish. 
Combine the milk and the cream in a small bowl, season with nutmeg and pepper and add in the bacon and garlic. Also pour in all that bacon grease. Taste the sauce and add some salt if neccessary. 
Pour the sauce over the potatoes and mix it a little. Then take the soured cream and put some dollops on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle over the cheese and then transfer the baking dish into the oven. Leave it in the oven until the cheese is melted and starts to brown - about 15-20 minutes. When you feel like there isn't enough liquid, just add some milk or cream. 

Since this is a very hefty dish, you can serve it with a fresh salad or some steamed veggies. 

If you're vegetarian, just leave out the bacon. 

This dish is also glutenfree. 

Bon Appetit!

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