Creamy garlic parmesan potatoes (dauphinoise potatoes)

The most delicious and luxurious creamy, cheesy, garlic-y potatoes. So perfect for your Christmas or Thanksgiving table, or whenever you want a quick and easy side dish to go with your posh meal.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine French
Keyword bacon, cheesy potatoes, creamy potates, dauphinoise potatoes, easy side dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 257 kcal
Author Helen


  • 2/3 cup double cream
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • a good grating of nutmeg optional
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme plus a bit more for sprinkling
  • 1 pound potatoes thinly sliced (about 3mm thick)
  • 1/2 a large onion or 1 smaller one, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces grated cheese
US Customary - Metric


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 355F and butter a medium-sized baking dish.
  2. Place the cream, milk, garlic, nutmeg (if using) and thyme in a medium saucepan and heat to a simmer. Add the potato and onion slices, put a lid on the saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes, until the potatoes are just tender. Give them a good stir after half the cooking time.
  3. Remove the thyme sprigs, then tip half of the potato mixture into the baking dish. Grind over plenty of salt and pepper and sprinkle over about a third of the cheese.
  4. Tip the rest of the potato mixture and cream/milk into the dish, smoothing out the top a little, then sprinkle over the rest of the cheese. Grind over a bit more pepper (if you like), then sprinkle over a little more fresh thyme.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden and bubbling.

Recipe Notes

You can assemble this dish ahead of time, and cook later. Just assemble to the end of step 4, then cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Leftovers reheat pretty well, either in the oven or microwave.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy garlic parmesan potatoes (dauphinoise potatoes)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 77mg3%
Potassium 571mg16%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 725IU15%
Vitamin C 15.4mg19%
Calcium 150mg15%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.