Herb Scalloped Sweet Potatoes & Bacon Au Gratin

Fresh herbs simmered in cream poured over layers of sweet potatoes, bacon, onions and Gruyere cheese. Perfect for Thanksgiving, company or every day!

Sweet and Savory Potatoes and Bacon Au Gratin
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Sweet and Savory Potatoes and Bacon Au Gratin
Sweet and Savory Potatoes and Bacon Au Gratin

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Ingredients

  • 2

    pounds sweet potatoes (about 3 to 4 medium potatoes)

  • 8

    slices of bacon, cooked and chopped

  • 2 1/2

    cups grated Gruyere cheese (about 8-ounces)

  • 1

    tablespoon butter, cut into 8 cubes

  • Herb Cream

  • 3

    cups heavy cream

  • 1

    large onion, thinly sliced

  • 3

    bay leaves

  • 3

    garlic cloves, minced

  • 1

    tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)

  • 1

    tablespoon fresh chives, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)

  • 1/8

    teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)

  • 1/4

    teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/2

    teaspoon salt

  • 1/2

    teaspoon pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Add the "Herb Cream" ingredients to a medium saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes while you grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish and peel and slice potatoes into 1/8-inch slices. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl. Spoon just enough of the herb cream that has been simmering to cover the bottom of the casserole dish. Pour the remaining cream over the potatoes and gently toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon, layer the bottom of the casserole dish with 1/3 of the potato/onion slices (the slotted spoon will allow you to leave most of the cream in the bowl). Layer 1 cup of the cheese, 1/3 of the bacon then top with 1/3 of remaining cream. Repeat layers. Top the casserole with remaining potato/onion slices and pour over remaining cream. Dot the potatoes with cubed butter (reserving remaining cheese and bacon for the end). Cover the casserole with aluminum foil and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until fork tender (will depend on how thin your potato slices are). Remove from the oven, sprinkle with remaining cheese then broil until cheese is golden. Remove and sprinkle with remaining bacon. Let potatoes rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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