1000 layer potatoes

1000 layer potatoes

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  • 4 to 6
  • Easy
  • Dairy free wheat and gluten free
  • 30 minutes, plus 2 hours’ resting time
  • 1 hour
  • Woolworths Villiera Merlot

“Romesco sauce is easily one of my favourite additions to a vegetable dish. I make a big bowl and scoop it on top of baked potatoes, pasta, roast celeriac ... and in this case, a dauphinoise a.k.a 1000 layer potatoes . All that slicing will be worth it.” – Bianca Strydom


  • 250 g butter
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1⁄2 t grated nutmeg, plus extra to garnish
  • salt, to taste
  • white pepper, to taste
  • 10 potatoes, very thinly sliced (place in water while slicing)
  • 10 g sage
  • For the romesco sauce:
  • 4 red peppers, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 50 g sundried tomatoes
  • 2 T olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • 50 g almonds, roasted
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a large baking dish with baking paper double its size, so that you can fold over the sides later.

2. In a small saucepan, heat the butter, cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Bring to simmer, then turn off the heat.

3. Start layering the potatoes into the dish, adding a few sage leaves to every second layer, and spooning over some warm cream on every third layer. If you like, season each layer with white pepper. Continue doing this until you’ve used all the potatoes.

4. Fold the baking paper over the potatoes, cover with foil and bake for 1 hour. Turn off the oven and allow to cool in the oven.

5. To make the romesco sauce, drizzle the peppers and garlic with olive oil and roast at 180°C, or until slightly charred on the edges. While still warm, place in a blender with the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Season and set aside.

6. While the potato dauphinoise is slightly warm, carefully slice into 2 cm pieces and turn sideways onto a platter to reveal the layers. Add dollops of romesco sauce and garnish with grated nutmeg.

Cook’s note: Use a mandolin to slice the potatoes very thinly.

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Photography: Jan Ras
Food assistant: Ellah Maepa 

Bianca Strydom Recipe by: Bianca Strydom
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Prue Leith-trained chef Bianca Strydom cut her teeth working in some of the country's top fine dining restaurants – including former Eat Out number one restaurants The Restaurant at Waterkloof and La Colombe – before joining TASTE in 2018. Her favourite recipes to develop? Boujee breakfast recipes. Follow her on Instagram @biancast__.

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