Red Potato Gratin with Thyme and Manchego

Red Potato Gratin with Thyme and Manchego // Queen Smithereen.

Red Potato Gratin with Thyme and Manchego // Queen Smithereen.

Red Potato Gratin with Thyme and Manchego // Queen Smithereen.

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Red Potato Gratin with Thyme and Manchego
Inspired by Bon Appetit
Makes 1 8×8 square dish

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 red onion, quartered
1 shallot, quartered
2 tsp dried thyme, plus more for serving
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
pinch of cayenne
1-2 tbsp high quality, salted butter
2 1/2 – 3 lb red potatoes, scrubbed and very thinly sliced
3/4 cup Manchego Cheese, finely grated

In a large saucepan, heat cream, onion, shallot, thyme, sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne on medium heat. Once gentle bubbles form, reduce to a simmer until onions are cooked through, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, butter an 8×8 square baking dish (preferably ceramic). Line with rows of potatoes, fanning them out and squeezing pieces into each and every possible crevice. Once onions are cooked through, remove cream mixture from heat. Let cool for about five minutes, then use a handheld blender to blend mixture until smooth. Pour over potatoes evenly, then cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit, covered, for 60-70 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender. Sprinkle evenly with Manchego and additional thyme. Broil for 5-10 more minutes, until the cheese is browned and the potato edges are crispy. Let settle about 15 minutes before serving.

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