When making a gratin, do you have to boil the potatoes first?
Do you have boil them for a little while to make them softer?
- PatriciaLv 74 weeks ago
I make potato bake all the time and I don't pre cook the potatoes. I don't understand why people would either, who wants extra washing?
- IvaBLv 51 month ago
- Nikki PLv 71 month ago
If you want it to cook faster slice the potatoes fairly thin then par cook them in the milk you will use in the recipe. They will absorb some of the milk making them richer rather than absorbing water if you simmered them in water. (don't forget to season the milk you simmer them in)
Then gently drain and reserve the milk and continue on with the recipe.
- 1 month ago
Yes, boil them first to making a gratin.
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- heart o' goldLv 71 month ago
There is about as many ways to make a potato gratin as there are people who make them. I use a mandoline to slice my potatoes super thin and I don't boil them first, but I'm sure there are folks who boil, roast or steam them first, maybe even just par cooking (partially cooking them). Then there's the whole milk/cream/broth debate. I have a wonderful book by a very famous chef and cooking instructor who gives several potato gratin recipes all of which are very different.
One of my favorite gratins doesn't even have potatos in it at all, it's made with leeks and fennel...
- deniseLv 71 month ago
Well, I par- boil them first then slice and add to the dish.
- kswck2Lv 71 month ago
You don't have to, but it does make it easier. And you don't have to 'guess' if they are done.
- Anonymous1 month ago
You don't have to but I prefer to parboil mine first or the texture doesn't come out like I have in mind. Other people can just put them in the oven and it's fine but not me no matter which recipe I use.
- Spiny NormanLv 71 month ago
Yes, par boil them first or it takes too long!l
- CBLv 71 month ago
No the thin sliced potatoes cook in the oven just fine.