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Potato and Rutabaga Gratin


  • 4 tbl unsalted butter
  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb potatoes, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 1 lb rutabagas, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 1 tbl minced thyme leaves
  • 2 cups (about 4 oz) grated Gruyére cheese
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Heat oven to 425°F. Heat butter and oil in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat; add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring often, until soft, about 6 minutes.

2. Stir in flour, and cook until smooth, about 1 minute. Add milk and cream, and stir until smooth. Add potatoes, rutabagas, and 2 teaspoons thyme, and bring mixture to a boil; cook, stirring often, until vegetables are slightly tender and broken apart, about 5 minutes.

3. Add in half the cheese and salt and pepper, and then transfer to a 9? × 13? baking dish; top with remaining cheese and bake until golden brown and bubbling, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining thyme before serving.

Adapted from Saveur

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