Pommes Dauphinoise, potatoes fit for a prince, is a rich, warming, indulgent, side dish for formal occasions. It’s also very easy to make, and needs very little attention once it’s been composed, so it’s a great side dish for dinner parties when you don’t want to be fussing with food too much, because you’d rather be socializing. I happen to like plenty of garlic in mine, but you could reduce it by half if you really had to. Although it’s naturally gluten free, this dish is normally loaded with cream. This version is still rather decadent, but in a veganized, and somewhat healthier fashion.
Serves 4 – 6
3/4 cup cashews
1/2 cup (4 fl. oz.) white wine (or water)
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
6 cloves garlic
1 tsp nutritional yeast
3 cups (24 fl. oz) water
5 – 6 large potatoes (2 1/2 – 3 lbs), peeled and thinly sliced
Put the cashews, wine, nutmeg, salt sugar, lemon juice, garlic, and nutritional yeast in a blender, and process until smooth. Add the water, and process to combine.
Transfer the sauce to a saucepan, and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Simmer for a minute to thicken the sauce, which helps it to adhere to the potato slices. Check for seasoning.
Layer one of the potatoes in a shallow baking dish (such as an 8” by 12” lasagna dish), and pour a small amount of hot sauce over it, and repeat with the other potatoes, making sure that the final layer is completely covered with sauce even though the sauce doesn’t fill the dish.
Set the oven to 400F, and cook for 50-60 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked (test by stabbing the middle of the potatoes with a fork.)
Serve as a side dish for a formal meal, or as a rich side to complement a tart main dish.
Aside: This can also be cooked in the microwave. Make sure the dish is microwaveable, and cook on HIGH for 5 minutes at a time, turning and checking the potatoes for softness between each cooking period. Depending on the power of your microwave, it will probably be done in 15 to 30 minutes. Place under a hot grill (broiler) to brown the top.