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Julia Child's Gratin of Potatoes, Onions, and Anchovies

Mastering the Art of French Cooking | Julia Child

Recipe 144

- Gratin de Pommes de Terre aux Anchois [Gratin of Potatoes, Onions, and Anchovies], p. 154

You can buy Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking which contains these recipes here.

You can watch me make this recipe for the first time on my YouTube channel here.

Butter Count: +3 TB

Cost: $5.57 [~$1.39 per serving]

This was my second gratin to make. I went into it so excited because the first gratin was absolutely delicious. So much so that I gave it a 10/10. This recipe uses diced potatoes instead of shredded and, as the name suggests, has a layer of anchovies in the middle. I’m not a huge fan of anchovies so I knew from the beginning it wouldn’t be my favorite thing. Wondering if there’s anybody out there that says, “I just really love canned anchovies.”



We both rated it a 5 as we felt that we could take it or leave it. Nothing spectacular but not bad either. I would make the other gratin 100 times before I made this one again. If you are one of those people that just really loves canned anchovies then this one is for you!


Julia Child Breakfast

The first step is cooking onions slowly in butter until they are tender. My favorite part. Bring on that onion/butter smell!

Julia Child Onions

Once your diced potatoes have been boiled in salted water for a few minutes, it’s time to layer the buttered casserole dish. Don’t be like me and use too small of a dish. It will overflow!! First put down some potatoes then some onions, anchovies, onions, and then the last of the potatoes.

Julia Child Gratin

This is all covered with a cream and egg mixture, topped with some Swiss cheese, and dotted with butter (or dribbled with the oil from the anchovy can). It is then baked for about 40 minutes in a 375-degree oven.

Julia Child Potato Gratin

Julia Child Gratin of Potatoes, Onions, and Anchovies

You can find these recipes and all the other Julia Child recipes I make in Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Bon appétit!

September 23, 2020 by Laura Bullock

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My name is Laura. I am a home cook, science junkie, Julia Child fan, daydreamer, beach lover, and major foodie. My goal is to document myself learning to cook, inspire you to cook, and share some great recipes with you along the way. I'm so glad you are here. Bon appétit! learn more →


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