Okay, I know you can't really tell what this dish is (credit to my lousy photography skills haha), but this is actually a dish that I really like, because it contains my top favourite vegetable - potato! And the second main ingredient of the dish is cheese, which, I'm sure, many of us love the combination of potato and cheese 😉
This is another Martha Stewart dish that I tried out recently and I am truly amazed by her recipes. They are easy to follow, and so far all of them had exceeded my expectations. If you are lover of cheese and potatoes, this is definitely a must-try dish, though it will take some time to cook in the oven, the assembly is really easy and quick, the hardest probably being arranging the potatoes in a nice pattern! I actually arranged it, took them out and rearrange the potato slices a few times before I am satisfied haha.
I baked this for myself as a main but you can definitely up the amount for a larger crowd and/or serve it as sides.
Let's see how we can make this, shall we? 🙂
- Rub a small bruised clove of garlic on the baking dish (it's supposed to give it a slight hint of garlic taste, but I can't taste it at all)
- Butter the dish generously - butter is very yummy!
- Peel and slice the potatoes thinly - you want them maximum ⅛-inch thick so that it's easier to arrange them.
- Drizzle a little olive oil over the potatoes
- Add in cheese and season well with salt and black pepper. You can throw in herbs if you'd like.
- And let's arrange! I start by placing a layer of potatoes (not overlapping) as a base.
- Followed by a ring of potatoes overlapping one another.
- And it goes on until all the potatoes are used up. Sprinkle more cheese on top and add in chicken stock before baking.
I am submitting this recipe to Cook Like A Star, an event hosted by hosted by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Baby Sumo from Eat your heart out and Riceball from Riceball Eats. The event is hosted every bi-monthly and the theme for this month is Martha Stewart. If you’re interested in joining us, simply bake/cook a recipe of Martha Stewart and submit it via the linky at the bottom!
On a separate note, I would like to thank Johnny from Feed the Piglet for awarding me with Blog of the Year Award!
It is truly an honour to be able to receive this award, and none other from Johnny himself! Johnny trained as a chef but he blogs mostly about food that he prepares at home, and they all look mouth-watering delicious, like his Chicken Piri Piri, Stuffed Capsicums... Also, he doesn't mention it, but sometimes I think he secretly trains himself as a photographer too, because I'm love the way he composes his food shots - if you'd just hop over, you'll know what I'm talking about. 😉 Thank you Johnny, for giving me this award!
I would like to share this award with:
1) Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids
2) Joyce from Kitchen Flavours
3) Lena from Her Frozen Wings
I got to know these 3 amazing ladies this year after I started participating in the events (Bake Along) hosted by them. They have been a great source of inspiration and because of them, I've tried baking so many different types of desserts this year. I'm sure in the coming new year, they will continue to be my greatest source of motivation to bake along with them!
4) Bobbi from Bam's Kitchen
I'm sure many of you are very familiar with Bobbi - Bobbi is a true wonder-mom - she juggles studying Chinese medicine, taking care of her teenagers and blogging all at the same time! I love the way she blogs and many times I will be laughing when I'm reading her posts. Her international dishes are also mouth-watering delicious - from Chinese to Korean to Japan and even Italian - she has all these recipes in her blog, definitely a must-visit.
5) Barbara from Just A Smidgen
Barbara is yet another amazing lady whom I got to know recently. She composes poems, bakes delicious desserts and takes very beautiful photos of food and her surroundings - one cannot help but enjoy and be hooked reading her blog. Like what she said about herself - a poet, artist, photographer, aspiring cellist and bon vivant - she definitely is one!
Now, here are some rules that will help you understand how this award works (copied over from Johnny!)
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Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!
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And now, on to the recipe!
Gratin of Potatoes (Martha Stewart) and an Award
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Rub the crushed garlic all over 2 small baking dishes (bottom and sides) and discard the garlic. Butter the baking dishes with the ¼ tablespoon butter. Set aside.
- Toss the sliced potatoes with ½ of the cheese, olive oil, herbs, salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Lay the potato slices in the baking dishes (with the cheese and all), sprinkle with the reserved cheese. Divide the chicken stock between the two baking dishes and pour it in.
- Bake the potatoes in the middle rack for 35 to 45 minutes until the potatoes are tender, tenting with foil if the top is getting too browned. Serve warm.