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Monday, May 7, 2012

Purple Potato and Blue Cheese Gratin

 

I am feeling better didn't get much of the cold I thought I was going to get...the ginger tea and Emergen-C must of worked. Now my daughter and husband both picked up something, they have a cough that won't stop and it wasn't from me! I know because mine didn't last the weekend, a whole week before.

Anyway I have to think of things that sound good and comforting for a cold. I already made my daughter a big pot of chicken noodle soup, and then my husband finished it when he can down hard with the same thing. I was thinking mashed potatoes...because when I first felt bad we went out for dinner our Friday night usual...we went to a new place where we could watch the Tampa Bay Rays play. I just ordered mashed potatoes, they described it s a house specialty. OMG it looked like motor oil poured on top, and it didn't taste much better. I have never had such a thick, dark gravy on mashed potatoes before. The waitress said it was a mushroom based, it reminded me of Marmite, and that was the only good thing about it...or it is what knocked the "cold" out of me. Haha! I joked with them we should go back and order that for them!

Well, instead I had some beautiful purple potatoes, and wanted to do something a little different, so this is what I came up with...mostly with good tasting things that I had on hand!

Purple Potato and Blue Cheese Gratin
Ingredients
  • 8 purple potatoes, thinly sliced
  •  1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt or salt and pepper
  • 1 leek sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup cream   or half and half
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
    Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
    Coat a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with butter.
    Overlapping each slice, place a layer of potatoes, and leeks in the baking dish. Season each layer with salt and pepper, or seasoned salt, adding crumbled blue cheese as you go.
    Pour the half and half and minced garlic into the dish; push down on potatoes to evenly distribute the half and half. Top with grated cheese.
    Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Carefully remove the foil, and bake uncovered for 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top and the potatoes are tender and gratin is not runny. Remove from oven and top with a little more blue cheese if desired.


This doesn't look that pretty in the photo, a little better in person, but it sure did taste good! Of course I like blue cheese, and with the purple potatoes it just seemed to go together!

We are having staff appreciation week as school this week. We should have some nice things happening all week. Tomorrow they are bringing in breakfast! I'll keep you posted!

41 comments:

  1. Lyndsey-I just love purple potatoes, they're so classy, and so good. Love your gratin with the purple potatoes, and the three different cheese combination. So oooey-gooey, and utterly comforting and delicious!
    Hope you got your computer problem solved...did you get a new one? or have the old fixed?

    I left you a reply on my blog, and also a link to the mango answer!

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    1. No new computer yet, I'm just using my husband's while he his home sick. Thanks, I'll check it out...I just love seeing other's gardens and backyard goodies!

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  2. Howdy Lyndz? What a way to start the week. The colour looks pretty attractive. Making me hungry at this hour...lunch time! haha....
    Hope you're having a great week ahead.
    Blessings
    Kristy

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    1. Thanks Kristy, always a pleasure hearing from you! :)

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  3. are purple potatoes sweet or savory?

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    1. Hi Nathan, theses purple potatoes are savory. I've had purple sweet potatoes too...love trying every kind of potato that I can.

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  4. beautiful purple and sound like a good combo!

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  5. I have not tried purple potatoes, have seen recipes using it though. And your gratin looks delicious! Hope your hubby and daughter are getting better!

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    1. I thinks the favor isn't so different, but the purple makes a good presentation! Thanks, they are feeling better.

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  6. Potatoes and cheese always sound like a good combination to me! Love this!

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    1. You are right...potatoes and cheese just go together.

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  7. Love this so much but I cannot find purple potatoes:)
    Lovely!

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    1. I don't always find them either.

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  8. Purple and blue! ... guess we don't get to see much of the blue in the cheese :D
    I think I've only seen purple potatoes a couple of times here .... expensive too since it's imported. We get purple sweet potatoes tho but I doubt they'll go as well with the blue cheese.

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    1. I don't see them too often, but they are priced the same as regular potatoes. I get purple sweet potatoes too, love them. I have seen a recipe for sweet potatoes and blue cheese, nut it didn't sound good to me!

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  9. The purple potatoes are so pretty! The pairing with blue cheese is a delicious one! Hope everyone's feeling better!

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    1. Thanks Reeni, they are feeling better now.
      It is fun to use colorful food!

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  10. Love purple potatoes! The gratin looks wonderful.

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  11. I love blue (bleu) cheese, but I was shocked at how much this looked like a blueberry pie!

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  12. I love the purple potatoes, and your gratin looks so good. Just what the doctor ordered, I bet.

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  13. This sounds as good as it looks!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  14. Fantastic ingredients - it must have been delicious!!
    Mary x

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  15. Lyndsey, I really want to try this recipe! Potatoes and blue cheese---the perfect combo! Potatoes are a perfect food to me!
    I'm wondering how your breakfast was and what they served. Bet it was fun and a good way to be appreciated! There needs to be more of it in this world.
    The Rays---Oh my gosh!! I'm a die-hard Cubs fan, but somehow I got hooked on the Rays in 2008, long before they went to the World Series. And of course, they're doing better than the Cubs so far this year! Good thing they're not in the same league! I hope your whole family is back to normal now and doing fine!

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    1. The breakfast was good, baked French toast with cinnamon and apples, bacon, eggs, fresh fruit and muffins.

      The Rays are so fun to watch...the best team for the money. So far the best record in baseball. I'll bet you really enjoyed it watching them at the end of last season!!

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  16. I rarely get the opportunity to buy purple potatoes, however I will be getting some the next time I see them.
    Your gratin does look tasty and I do love the choice of cheese-yum! I hope you get better soon and have a great day.

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    1. Thanks so much. We are all felling better now. I don't get a chance to buy purple potatoes much either, but they are fun when I see them!

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  17. I love the bright purple color of the potatoes! And a blue cheese gratin sounds delicious.

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    1. I liked it, I had to make my family a regular gratin.

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  18. I love the deep color of the potatoes, so beautiful but they are pricey here! Should be a very yummy dish with all those cheeses you've added!

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    1. We don't see purple potatoes too often here but the are price the same.

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  19. wow...purple potatoes..never tried before...definitely a must try!!!bookmarked !!!

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    1. It is fun to try different color veggies!

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  20. what a wonderful combination of flavors! i bet this is delicious! thank you!
    I am your newest follower.pls follow bck if you can.

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    1. Thanks for joing me here! Just sit back and relax...hope you have fun!

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  21. I'm trying to picture that gravy...I love the colors here! Makes it so much fun.

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    1. You couldn't even imagine what it looked like. It just sat on top of the potatoes, not running off over the sides like normal gravy would. It was so dark and thick, but no lumps! :)

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  22. I have been keeping a lookout for purple potatoes since last year. Still no where in sight...sigh! Your purple potato gratin sounds so tasty. Glad you are feeling much better and hope that both your daughter and hubby will feel better soon.

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  23. Glad to hear you feel better. I've been having this bad cough for nearly 4 weeks and still going on. I started to take antibiotics but doesn't seem to help much but keep me nauseous from the meds. Ugh, hate to be sick! I hope your daughter and husband will get well soon. I love your purple potato gratin. Such a great idea. I keep using it for sweet potato pie (using pie sheet of course haha) but I need to make something else now. Thanks for the recipe!

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  24. oh, i remember you were telling that you picked up some purple potatoes earlier in my blog , so this must be the dish that you finally made! I think these potatoes come in quite seasonal her as i dont see them selling anymore. YOur gratin sounds cheesy and creamy..yum! and i also think that your purple potatoes makes this gratin looks even more attractive!

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  25. Purple potatoes...oh, never found in Hong Kong or India. I'd love to try out this recipe. This gratin has some amazing textures and the combination of ingredients, which I love. Delish!!

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