Easy Weeknight Dinner: Potato and Pesto Gratin

October 26, 2013

You only need three things to make this easy potato dinner happen: Yukon potatoes, pesto and seasoning. Martha Rose Shulman offers up this quick potato and pesto gratin that pairs earthy, thin-sliced spuds with your favorite herb pesto. Add parmesan to kick it up a notch.

This gratin serves six hungry stomachs and can be assembled several hours before baking, so it's a cinch to throw this in the oven at the end of a long day.

Potato and Pesto Gratin
Courtesy of New York Times


2 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes
1/2 cup pesto or pistou
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Oil a 2-quart baking dish or gratin with olive oil.

Slice the potatoes about 1/4 inch thick and place in a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and add the pesto or pistou. Stir the mixture until the potato slices are evenly coated, then transfer to the baking dish, making sure to scrape all of the pesto out of the bowl.

Cover the baking dish with foil or a lid and place in the oven. Bake 30 minutes, then uncover and return to the oven. Bake another 15 to 20 minutes, until the potatoes are thoroughly tender, the olive oil in the dish — now a beautiful green — is sizzling, and the top is beginning to color.

Serve hot or warm.

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