Spiced Pumpkin Potato Gratin Recipe


Spiced Pumpkin Potato Gratin RecipeSide dishes are as important as the turkey on Thanksgiving Day. After all, what's a star without its supporting characters? This is one of my favorite fall recipes, and I love using it as a Thanksgiving recipe—guests won't soon forget it! There's nothing quite like creamy layers of thinly sliced potatoes mixed with spices and pumpkin. Try this recipe at your table!

servings: 6
prep time: 30 minutes
cook time: 30 – 45 minutes
total time: 1 hour


  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin purée
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup melted, unsalted butter, divided
  • black pepper


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 2: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk the half and half with the pumpkin, spices and salt.

Step 3: Peel the potatoes and slice them as thinly as possible. You can use a food processor with the slicing attachment, or a mandoline. (The thicker the slices, the longer the cooking time will be.)

Step 4: Add the potato slices to the pumpkin mixture and use your hands to make sure all of the slices are separated and well coated.

Step 5: Use about 1 tablespoon of the melted butter to coat the bottom and sides of an approximately 8 x 8 x 3 inch baking pan.

Step 6: Add one layer of potatoes to the pan and sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper, followed by about 1/4 cup of the cheese. Repeat this process twice more, finishing with a final layer of 1/4 cup of cheese.

Step 7: If there is any excess pumpkin mixture in the bowl, pour it over the potatoes.

Step 8: Drizzle the remaining 3 tablespoons of melted butter over the top evenly.

Step 9: Place the pan in the preheated 375 degree F oven, and bake until the top is golden brown and the potatoes are tender, 30 to 45 minutes. (Cooking time depends on the thickness of the potato slices.)

Step 10: Let the gratin rest for at least 45 minutes before serving.

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