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Golden Potato and Carrot Gratin

Golden Potato and Carrot Gratin is a warm, cheesy dish, spiced with thyme and nutmeg. The rich flavors of the vegetables and spices mixed with the gooey cheese will draw you back for seconds, and most likely thirds. 


golden carrot and potato gratin in a dish

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Potato Gratin with Sweet Carrots

Creamy, cheesy, crave-worthy. These are the words I typically use to describe my Golden Carrot and Potato Gratin. This simple side dish steals the show in all categories.

I love to take classic recipes and add a little something extra to them. With this classic potato gratin, I’ve added carrots. The extra vegetable adds a sweet flavor, rich color and extra nutritional value, making the dish even more delicious.

How to say potato gratin!

Gratin, based on its French definition, is a dish with a browned crust. This crust is usually in the form of bread crumbs, grated cheese, eggs or butter. For a golden potato gratin, I like to use lots of butter and cheese.

Like it’s sister dish, Potatoes au Gratin we Americans really mess up the fancy French pronunciation. First, gratin isn’t pronounced “grotten.” Say it with an “a” sound for the “i” like “grautan.” Well, that’s the closest I can get without pulling out the dictionary and adding all the sound annotations!

golden carrot and potato gratin in a dish cut square

Golden Potatoes are soft in texture and easy to cook with. 

Have you ever tried a potato dish that you haven’t liked? I can’t say I have. Some of my other favorite potato recipes include my Shortcut Potato Herb Flatbread and my Easy Dinner Potato Salmon Bake. The flatbread makes a great side dish and the salmon bake is a simple all-in-one dinner. 

What you need for Carrot and Potato Gratin: 

  • Butter for dish
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2/3 low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 4 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 cups (8 oz) grated Gruyere 
  • 5 large carrots (1 lb total)

When cutting the potatoes and carrots, make sure to peel and slice them thinly, crosswise. If they are too thick, they will take longer to cook and may not have the soft texture you want. 

Serve Golden Carrot and Potato Gratin alongside any protein for a divine meal. I love it at the holidays with my Prime Rib or in the spring with ham or my Roast Leg of Lamb

Golden Carrot and Potato Gratin
Work Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins

A creamy, herbed side dish with sweet carrots and savory flavors. This potato gratin is perfect for a spring meal or holiday celebration.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: potato gratin
Yield: 8 servings
Calories: 267 kcal
  • Butter for dish
  • cup heavy cream
  • cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes peeled and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 4 tsp fresh thyme leaves coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups (8 oz) grated Gruyère
  • 5 large carrots (1 lb total) peeled and thinly sliced crosswise
  1. Butter the inside of a 2¾- to-3-quart baking dish. In a small bowl, stir together cream, broth, salt, pepper and nutmeg; set aside

  2. In prepared dish, arrange one-third of potato slices, overlapping slightly. Sprinkle with ¾ teaspoon thyme and ¼ cup cheese. Repeat with carrot slices, thyme and cheese. Layer two more times, using both potatoes and carrots on top layer.

  3. Heat oven to 350°F and place rack in center. Stir cream mixture; evenly pour over gratin. Cover with foil. Bake until bubbling and vegetables just start to soften, about 40 minutes. Remove foil. Sprinkle top with remaining thyme and cheese. Bake, uncovered, until golden, 30 minutes more. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

• You can prep this potato gratin ahead and keep in the fridge up to 4 hours before baking. Just add extra cooking time on if baking cold. 

Nutrition Facts
Golden Carrot and Potato Gratin
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 371mg 15%
Potassium 649mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 139.3%
Vitamin C 19.3%
Calcium 26.5%
Iron 22.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipes and food styling Tara Bench, Photographs Quentin Bacon, Prop Stylist, Pamela Duncan Silver.  Originally published LHJ 12/07.

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