Monday, September 21, 2009

Leek, Zucchini and Potato Gratin

After having Mac and Cheese last week, I was still craving something rich, creamy and cheesy this weekend. Not sure why... since the San Francisco weather had been so warm lately. So I decided to make Leek, Zucchini and Potato Gratin because I wanted to make something 'healthier' than just plain Potato Gratin. However, I'm pretty much sure that by drenching everything with half-and-half and 2 types of cheese totally defeat the original intend of being healthy.

I followed Not Quite Nigella's recipe of Creamy Potato and Zucchini Gratin and added leeks, more seasonings, cheese and breadcrumbs.


2 lb yukon gold potatoes, thinly sliced
2 zucchini, thinly sliced
2 leeks, shredded
1 cup half and half
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
4 oz sharp white cheddar, shredded
4 oz Swiss cheese, shredded
1/4 cup breadcrumbs

  • Preheat the oven to 400F and butter a 9x13 baking pan.
  • Saute the leeks with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • In the same pot, add in the potato slices, milk, half-and-half, herbs and seasonings and cook over high heat until boiling then turn down to low so that it just barely simmers. Cook until tender (approximately 10 minutes).
  • Add in the zucchini slices, cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Transfer the mixture to the buttered pan, sprinkle with the shredded cheese and breadcrumbs.
  • Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until the top becomes evenly golden.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds good! I plan to try it tonight with a few substitutions in place of the milk/half-and-half (husband is lactose intolerant). It's zucchini and leek season here in the Central Valley right now, so I've been looking for new recipes. Thanks!