Classic Potato Bake

Cooking Time 90 minutes

Serves 8-10


  • 6 garlic cloves, divided
  • 40g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 medium shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 2½ cups pouring cream
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 Tbsp. flakey salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, plus extra sprigs to garnish
  • 2 kg red potatoes, scrubbed, skin on, very thinly sliced on a mandoline
  • 100g Gruyère (or your favourite cheese), finely grated
  • 100g Parmesan, finely grated

Red Potatoes

Yellow Potatoes


You can’t beat a classic! Try our classic potato bake tonight – and be comforted by the creamy, warm deliciousness of potatoes, cheese and herbs.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. Cut 1 garlic clove in half and rub the cut sides all over the inside of a large (litre) shallow baking dish and follow by rubbing the room temperature butter evenly across the inside of the dish
  3. Place the shallots, cream, salt, ground black pepper, thyme leaves, and garlic cloves to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat until shallots and garlic are very soft, 15–20 minutes.
  4. Cool slightly before transferring to a blender and blend to a smooth finish.
  5. Arrange potatoes, in prepared dish, fanning out a handful at a time and placing in dish at an angle
  6. Shingle sliced potatoes as you work until the bottom of the dish is covered. Tuck smaller slices into any gaps to fill.
  7. Pour cream mixture evenly over potatoes, shake gently to allow all the gaps to fill with liquid and cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil.
  8. Bake potatoes until tender, (60–75 mins).
  9. Place rack in highest position; Change the oven setting to grill, remove foil and top potatoes with both cheeses.
  10. Grill until the cheese is bubbling and the top of the gratin is golden brown, (5–10 mins). Serve topped with more thyme leaves.

Try adding various ingredients to level up your potato bake.

  1. Bacon and Sage
  2. Paprika and Red Onion
  3. Spinach and Ricotta
  4. Add crispy crumbs to the top
  5. Cabbage and Caramelised Onion

TIP: Potato bake can be made 1 day ahead then brought to room temperature before grilling the cheese on the top prior to serving.

About This Recipe

A classic for a reason, Potato bake is one of the simplest, yet most delicious and heartwarming recipes you can whip up with the humble potato. There is something almost sentimental about this decadent dish with its connection to a good old family meal around the table! And the smell of potato baking in the oven..well that just can’t be beat.

If you like this, make sure you try:

Mediterranean Potato Gratin


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