Fall Pear and Potato Gratin

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Author Notes: This is a nice savory side with a hint of sweetness from the pears...great for a fall evening!inpatskitchen

Serves 4 to 6

  • 1 large onion, very thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, very thinly sliced and simmered in water for 5 minutes, drained and patted dry
  • 2 Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup half and half or light cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 5 or 6 gratings nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated Swiss cheese (I used Gruyere) divided
  1. In a large saute pan, saute the sliced onion in the 2 tablespoons butter until lightly caramelized ( about 10 minutes over medium heat). Set aside.
  2. In a small sauce pan, heat the half and half to simmering and reduce by about 1/3. Add the salt, white pepper and nutmeg. Off the heat, stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese.
  3. In a well buttered baking dish ( I used a 9 x11 x2 inch oval), layer 1/3 of the potatoes, slightly overlapping. Layer 1/2 of the pears over the potatoes.
  4. Sprinkle the caramelized onions over the pear layer and then layer the second third of the potatoes followed by the rest of the pears. Layer the remaining potatoes over the top.
  5. Pour the cream and cheese mixture over the casserole followed by the remaining one cup of cheese.
  6. Bake, covered, at 350F for 1 1/2 hours. Uncover and continue to bake 15 to 20 minutes more.
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Tags: Fall casserole, pears, potatoes , Savory with a slight sweetness

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12 months ago dymnyno

This sounds especially delicious! Nice picture , too.

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12 months ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much dymnyno! We really enjoy this!

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12 months ago lapadia

Hi Pat! I forgot to get back that made this recipe...JUST 2 weeks ago, great Bosc pear harvest this year. Excellent recipe :)
BTW - a couple days ago a wind storm brought down branches from a doug fir that hit the pear tree and took the whole right side of tree off :(

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12 months ago inpatskitchen

So glad you liked this! Thanks! I hope the pear tree will be ok.

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about 1 year ago Horto

Really need to cook for 1 1/2 hours?

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Hi Horto! I find baking raw potatoes takes an extremely long time...however you could certainly check after a hour.

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about 1 year ago Muse

This sounds so delicious...am going to add it to my Thanksgiving repertoire...thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe! Peace, Light and Love.

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Muse! I do hope you enjoy this if you try it!

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about 3 years ago buzymom

1 saute pan, 1 sauce pan, 1 pan to simmer potatoes, colander, mandolin, baking dish, cheese grater, 2 wooden spoons, knife... too much equipment to make on Turkey day unless you will be a guest a want a messy kitchen when you get home. Flavor was great much lighter than regular scalloped potatoes. Suggestion..grate cheese in advance and add before the 1/2 and 1/2 cools also find the right size pan. I had 12 x12 an 9 x 13 but no 9 x 11. I used Jarlsberg yum.

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

You're right! A lot of pans, but remember you can always caramelize the onions the day before and refrigerate and have the cheese grated ahead... and since it bakes for about 2 hours, everything can go together quite early. I'm glad you enjoyed this though..thanks!

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about 3 years ago wssmom

The Spouse ignored the Yukon Gold request and came home with some purple potatoes from the farmer's market today; the color scheme will be weird but going to do this tomorrow ....

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about 3 years ago Bevi

Please take a photo!

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

I agree with Bevi...please take a photo..BUT never trust the spouse!!

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about 3 years ago EmilyC

This looks so good...potato gratin is one of my all-time favorites, and the addition of pear is a great twist.

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

I really liked the addition of pear..a nice change up to a simple gratin..thanks!

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about 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Ahh, what a lovely fall dish...makes me happy, and hungry!

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you....makes me happy too!

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Fantastic, IPK! Definitely perfect for a fall evening, and with a little vanilla bean, cut down (a bit) on the cheese, which needs to be Gruyere :) and omit the onion, I can taste this for a holiday breakfast w/sausage on the side, too!

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you!! Your breakfast idea sounds fantastic!!

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

What a fabulous idea! I love, love this and have bookmarked for Thanksgiving!

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks! Let me know how you like it if you make it.

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about 3 years ago Bevi

So nice - this looks like a great Thanksgiving side.

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Bevi...I've been thinking the same..

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about 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Mmmm, yum. Makes me love the turning of the seasons even more. Such a great recipe! ;o)

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Fall is my absolutely favorite season here in MI..pears, apples, Thanksgiving around the corner ( my favorite holiday!) Thanks so much!

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about 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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So now I'm thinking . . . . a bit of fresh thyme and just the tiniest whisper of sage in this? And yes, definitely a good candidate for Thanksgiving!! ;o)

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Oh that sounds lovely!

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about 3 years ago SKK

Amazing recipe! Pears and potatoes and cream and butter. I am loving this!

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks SKK! And don't forget a little cheese...

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about 3 years ago wssmom

Pears and potatoes, whoa, this is incredible!!

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks wssmom!

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about 3 years ago Ms. T

Yum! Great combo.

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you...I agree!!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

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So lovely.

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

You are too kind! Thanks!

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about 3 years ago aargersi

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I absolutely love this idea, the pear potato combination sounds fantastic, and of course cheese is good on everything!!!!

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Oh thank you aargersi! I thought the whole combo was wonderful!!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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I love this, I had the same idea and actually made one last night that was, well not so good so it went into the garbage. Yours looks beautiful. I followed my mothers recipe for scalloped potatoes. Beautiful!

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks! This one stemmed from a a couple of recipes that I have and fortunately turned out very good!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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I am going to try this recipe just with the potatoes I like it much better than the one I have always used. Thanks for posting this its terrific.

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

And thank YOU again!