Sweet Potato Gratin with Shallots and Gouda (Recipe)

Skip the marshmallows and syrup this year — instead, try this stellar combination of sweet potatoes, shallots and gouda.

Thanksgiving prep tip: go ahead and make this the day before. On the day of your big meal, reheat it in a 300 degree oven until warm.

Sweet Potato Gratin with Shallots and Smoked Gouda


  • 1 Pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 Pound russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon minced fresh thyme (optional)
  • 2-4 Tablespoons vegetable broth
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Cups thinly sliced shallots (about 4 large)
  • 3/4 Cup grated smoked gouda (about 3 ounces)

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add sweet and russet potatoes and cook for about 20 minutes, until tender. Drain, return the the pot, and sprinkle cayenne pepper, nutmeg and optional thyme over potatoes. Add about 2 tablespoons of stock and mash until smooth. If the mixture is too dry, add more broth in 1 tablespoon increments. Season with salt to taste.
2. With a spatula, transfer potato mixture to greased baking dish, spreading evenly. Set aside for now.
3. Arrange oven rack so that the top rack is about 6 inches from the heat. Preheat oven to a broil.
4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-8 minutes, or until the shallots have softened and are just starting to turn golden brown. Top the potato mixture with the cooked shallots, and then sprinkle cheese.
5. Broil dish for 2-3 minutes, until the shallots are crispy and the cheese has fully melted.

Recipe Credit: Food & Wine.

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Kate S.
Kate S.1 years ago


Julie W.
Julie W.2 years ago

So are you saying that sweet potatoes are usually served with marshmallows and syrup? With a savoury meal? That sounds sickeningly sweet. No wonder Americans are so obese.

Cathleen K.
Cathleen K.2 years ago

Sounds good, but it's not a gratin - it's a mashed potato casserole.

Azaima A.
Azaima A.2 years ago

wonderfully decadent

Lynn C.
Lynn C.2 years ago


Magdalen B.
Magdalen B.2 years ago

Lovely. Thank you.

Jess No Fwd Plz K.
Jessica K.2 years ago

Really sounds tasty. I love sweet potatoes so much. Thanks.

heather g.
heather g.2 years ago

Mouthwatering !!

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Dale O.

A very delicious combination of both Russet and Sweet potatoes which is both flavourful and marvellous. This certainly looks delicious and very appealing.

Dale O.

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