Ahhhh.........comfort food. Welcome back into my life. You are such a wonderful companion during the winter months. You make my apartment smell wonderful and make me forget of any worries I might be having. You could very vell be one of my best friends. What have you brought me today?
Pink lady apples and red skinned potatoes? I like your style. With a little cheese, this could make a pretty delicious gratin, even if I am going to eat you for breakfast. Maybe wash you down with a little hot chocolate later. Today is starting to look pretty good....
1 large apple
1 large red skinned potato
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 tbsp heavy cream
1 tbsp butter
Preheat oven to 375°F. Thinly slice potatoes (with a very sharp knife or a mandoline) and place in a large bowl of water too remove excess starches. Thinly slice apples (same cutting method as above) and reserve. Melt butter in a cast iron skillet to evenly coat the bottom and sides. Start alternating slices of apple and potato in the skillet until the bottom is covered.
Pour the heavy cream over top, as well as the shredded cheddar cheese. Add a sprinkling of salt, cover with tinfoil, and bake in the oven for about thirty minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Remove the tinfoil to brown the cheese until golden brown. Serve warm.
This recipe only makes one layer of the gratin for a quick breakfast. For a more substantial meal, feel free to make many layers and adjust cooking time as necessary.