Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes

Cheesy, rich, crispy, and creamy, these potatoes have it all.  If leftovers are something you want, don't make these - no matter how big the pan, they always seem to disappear.Tip: Because of variation in the shape of potatoes, the amount of potato that will fit into a single casserole dish varies. Longer, thinner potatoes will fill a dish more than shorter, rounder potatoes will. When purchasing potatoes, buy a few extra in order to fill the dish if necessary. Depending on exact shape and size of potatoes and casserole dish, you may not need all of the cream mixture.

  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • 3 oz Alpine-Style Cheese (like gruyere, finely grated)
  • 3 oz Cheddar Cheese (finely grated)
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp Thyme Lraves (finely chopped)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 4.5 lbs Potatoes (peeled and sliced to 1/8" thick)
  • 2 tbsps Unsalted Butter
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine cheeses in a large bowl. Transfer 1/3 of cheese mixture to a separate bowl and set aside.
  3. Add cream, garlic and thyme to cheese mixture. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Add potato slices and toss with your hands until every slice is coated with cream mixture, making sure to separate any slices that are sticking together to get the cream mixture in between them.
  5. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish with butter. pick up a handful of potatoes, organizing them into a neat stack, and lay them in the casserole dish with their edges aligned vertically.
  6. ontinue placing potatoes in the dish, working around the perimeter and into the center until all the potatoes have been added. The potatoes should be very tightly packed. If necessary, slice an additional potato, coat with cream mixture, and add to casserole.
  7. Pour the excess cream/cheese mixture evenly over the potatoes until the mixture comes halfway up the sides of the casserole. You may not need all the excess liquid.
  8. Cover the dish tightly with foil and transfer to oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove foil and continue baking until the top is pale golden brown, about 30 minutes longer.
  10. Carefully remove from over, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and return to oven. bake until deep golden brown and crisp on top, about 30 minutes longer.
  11. Remove from oven, let rest for a few minutes, and serve.