Cheese Herb Potato Gratin Side Dish

by Dorothy Reinhold on November 1, 2020

Print This Post Print This Post Cheese Herb Potato Gratin is the impressive side dish you'll want for the holidays, but can eat all year long. Impossibly thin leaves of potatoes stack sideways in a skillet with herbs and cheese for a deeply satisfying, comforting dish.

Cheese Herb Potato Gratin is the impressive side dish you’ll want for the holidays, but can eat all year long. Impossibly thin leaves of potatoes stack sideways in a skillet with herbs and cheese for a deeply satisfying, comforting dish.

I’m all about the side dishes for holiday and special dinners. I could fill up my plate with all the sides, and I might forget to hit the main dish. Are you like that, too?

Bring on the stuffing, vegetables, grains, pilafs, chutneys, sauces and most of all, bring on the potatoes! White, gold, sweet, purple — we like them all, and they all find a home at our dinners. 

Today’s dish cleverly combines both gold potatoes and sweet potatoes, for the best of both worlds, full of herbs — both dried and fresh — and flavorful cheese. It’s a marvel of lacy delicacy that looks far more complex than it is. In fact, putting this together is far faster than you imagine when you look at it. Trust me, you will be done and say to yourself, “That wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be!”

Want to wow your family for Thanksgiving of a fall or winter holiday dinner? Cheese Herb Potato Gratin is it.   

How to make Cheese Herb Potato Gratin

Ingredients for Cheese Herb Potato GratinFirst, assemble your ingredients. The recipe called for dried parsley and rosemary, but I had fresh versions of both, so used fresh. The rule of thumb is twice-t0-three-times as much of the fresh as you use of the dried. Go with your gut on that, and don’t overplay the thyme.

Slice the potatoes with a mandolinSlice the potatoes — both Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes — very thinly. A mandolin really helps do that quickly.

Sliced potatoes on a cutting boardYou can do it with a knife of course, but it will take a lot longer. It’s a lot of spuds!

Potatoes layered in a big stainless steel mixing bowl with herbsSeparate the potato slices from each other and add them to a very large mixing bowl, layering them with the herbs and spices, cheese and onion. It helps to layer them as you go, so they mix up nicely.

Potatoes layeres in a big mixing bowl with fresh parsley and onionsBe sure to layer with your onions, cheese and any fresh herbs you are using.

Grab a stack of potatoes in your handGrab a stack of them in your hand.

Place a stack of potatoes in the oiled skilletPlace the stack in your skillet.

Hand holding a stack of thinly sliced potatoesYou don’t have to overthink the stacking process; just stack them easily.

Stack potatoes on their sides in the skillet for Cheese Herb Potato GratinKeep stacking potatoes in the skillet.

Stack potatoes full in the skillet for Cheese Herb Potato GratinRepeat that until you have a full skillet.

Hand scraping up all the leftover filling from the big metal mixing bowlIf there are any little snibbies of stuff left at the bottom of the mixing bowl when all the potatoes are in the skillet, just add the leftover stuff to the top of the dish. No waste!

Hand sprinkling reserved cheese over Cheese Herb Potato GratinSprinkle with a bit of cheese you have reserved.

Cheese Herb Potato Gratin in a cast iron skillet baked and out of the ovenPour over the broth and milk or half and half, cover with foil and bake. Once baked and out of the oven, remove foil and allow to rest for a couple of minutes. It’s OK if there is a little liquid at the bottom. The potatoes will not be dry.

Let’s make Cheese Herb Potato Gratin, shall we?

Cheese and Herb Potato Gratin

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 8-10

Cheese and Herb Potato Gratin

Cheese Herb Potato Gratin is the impressive side dish you'll want for the holidays, but can eat all year long. Impossibly thin leaves of potatoes stack sideways in a skillet with herbs and cheese for a deeply satisfying, comforting dish.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 6 small Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley (or 1-2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary (or 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary finely minced)
  • 8 ounces Gruyère or sharp white cheddar, grated (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth


  1. Heat oven to 375ºF. Brush inside of a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with olive oil and set aside.
  2. Peel potatoes, and, using a mandolin or vegetable slicer, cut into very thin slices. In a large bowl and using your hands, gently toss potatoes with salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme, sage, parsley, rosemary, cheese (reserve a little bit for the top), and onion, until everything is evenly mixed. Be careful not to break the thin potato slices.
  3. Working with a small handful of potatoes at a time, gently line up coated slices in prepared skillet or 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with reserved cheese. Pour milk and broth over potatoes. Cover pan with foil and seal around edges.
  4. Bake 50 minutes and remove foil. Continue to bake until potatoes are tender and top is golden, 15-20 minutes more. You can test the potatoes with a knife to see if they are tender throughout. Cool slightly and serve hot.
  5. Serves 8-10.


Recipe source: "Live Life Deliciously: Recipes for Busy Weekdays & Leisurely Weekends," by Tara Bench / Tara Teaspoon (Shadow Mountain Publishing; 2020). Used with permission.

About the cookbook

LiveLifeDeliciously cookbook coverThis recipe came from “Live Life Deliciously: Recipes for Busy Weekdays and Leisurely Weekends,” by Tara Bench / aka Tara Teaspoon (2020; Shadow Mountain publishing) affiliate link. It’s a great book, and worthy of a spot in the home cookbook library. Tara helps you elevate your easy weeknight meals and take a shot at some more elegant party-type dishes for weekends when you might have additional time to cook. This gratin is a good example of both…if you can stack a deck of cards, you can make this with far less fuss than you imagine, AND it is showy enough to be the centerpiece for your holiday dinner. I have my eye on her Salmon, Veggie and Carrot-Ginger Rice Bowl, her Dill and Feta Orzo Salad, and her Pepperoni Pizza Pasta with Ricotta. That might be dinner tonight! Tara is a former food editor and stylist with Martha Stewart and food director of Ladies’ Home Journal magazine; she know’s what’s what.

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Inger @ Art of Natural Liivng December 8, 2021 at 10:59 am

This looks so beautiful and flavorful. What a special way to prepare potatoes.


Amy (Savory Moments) December 6, 2020 at 1:03 pm

These does look quite impressive and definitely very delicious for the holidays or all fall and winter long.


Ellen November 21, 2020 at 5:33 pm

Such a beautiful and impressive dish. Sure to delight guests. Looks fantastic.


Kate November 12, 2020 at 5:31 pm

This is so gorgeous! It could be the holiday centerpiece!


Dorothy Reinhold November 12, 2020 at 9:50 pm

That is so nice of you to say that! I appreciate the compliment!


Christie November 8, 2020 at 8:27 am

You ad me at potatoes and cheese. It has killer table presence but doesn’t take all day in the kitchen.


Dorothy Reinhold November 9, 2020 at 10:39 am

EXACTLY right, on all counts!


Barbara Carter November 7, 2020 at 6:36 pm

Hi, This looks wonderful, but I’m curious about one of the ingredients. In the picture of sliced potatoes, what are the white/grayish looking slices? I couldn’t find them listed in the ingredients.


Dorothy Reinhold November 9, 2020 at 10:41 am

Thanks for asking! I should have made clear that one of my sweet potatoes looked different inside than the others. I think it was just a different variety. Some stores label them yams, some label them sweet potatoes, but it all works!


Kevin November 4, 2020 at 2:10 pm

How delicious does this look! I really love all those colors!


Jessica Formicola November 4, 2020 at 11:21 am

I love that you used a mixture of sweet potatoes and regular potatoes! What a gorgeous dish that is perfect for the holidays!


Allyson Zea November 3, 2020 at 10:10 am

Wow this looks delicious and so amazing! I can’t wait to try it!


Beti | easyweeknightrecipes November 3, 2020 at 9:08 am

I can’t wait to try this! It looks incredibly delicious!


katerina @ November 3, 2020 at 9:07 am

This is such a fantastic side dish! Perfect for the holidays!


Haley Williams November 3, 2020 at 8:13 am

This looks so good! I know I’d be back for seconds with this dish


Cindy November 3, 2020 at 6:45 am

Loving the layers! So pretty and tasty!


Jen November 3, 2020 at 4:03 am

I’m all about the side dishes during the holidays too. I’ve even been known to make double the dishes just so I can have leftovers once everyone has left, haha! I’ll definitely be adding this to my spread. Looks amazing!


Dorothy Reinhold November 3, 2020 at 7:49 am

I do the same! There can never be too many side dishes….I can then eat the leftovers starting with breakfast!


Hezzi-D November 3, 2020 at 3:25 am

Oh I really want to try this! It not only sounds delicious but it looks so pretty too!


Dorothy Reinhold November 3, 2020 at 7:50 am

It does, and you could do this one in your sleep. Maybe your son could even help you stack (if you have the patience for that). 🙂


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert November 3, 2020 at 2:25 am

YUM!!! I love this Cheese Herb Potato Gratin Side Dish delicious version!!!


Sandra Shaffer November 2, 2020 at 8:22 pm

This potato gratin is a show stopper! Not only pretty but looks absolutely delicious.


Lisa Kerhin November 2, 2020 at 4:54 pm

WOW, this is a show stopping dish. I love it!


Karen November 2, 2020 at 4:53 pm

That is definitely the recipe of the day! Very beautiful and I’m sure super delicious.


Dorothy Reinhold November 2, 2020 at 5:03 pm

It is so easy, too. Surprisingly easy!


Wendy Klik November 2, 2020 at 9:18 am

Not only does it sound amazingly delicious but I love that presentation. Perfect for the Holiday table.


Dorothy Reinhold November 2, 2020 at 12:54 pm

YES! You could just bring the skillet to the table if you like! Or to the buffet or counter…wherever you are having people serve themselves.


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