This classic French dish is incredibly rich and flavorful, making it the perfect accompaniment for a wide range of meats and vegetables, all guaranteed to bring a smile to your guests’ faces.
You can serve Dauphinoise Potatoes with the following:
- Garlic-butter chicken with asparagus, peas, and broad beans
- Rich meats such as roast lamb, steak, or beef short ribs
- Baked salmon
- Corned beef, braised cabbage, and carrots
- And many more.
This blog post will discuss what to serve with this dish to balance its richness and fat content without overwhelming it.
What Main Dishes to Serve with Dauphinoise Potatoes?
We recommend the dishes when ready to serve up your potato dish.
#1 – Garlic-butter chicken with asparagus, peas, and broad beans
This garlic-butter chicken dish is a delicious and easy-to-make meal perfect for a cozy night in. The chicken is cooked in a flavorful garlic butter sauce and served with asparagus, peas, and broad beans for a perfect balance of flavors and textures.
#2 – Roast chicken and seasonal vegetables
This combination is a classic and comforting dish perfect for a Sunday dinner or any special occasion. The tender, juicy chicken is roasted to perfection and served with a mix of colorful and flavorful vegetables, like carrots, potatoes, and onions, depending on the season.
And don’t forget to drizzle the delicious juices from the roasting pan over the top for added flavor.
#3 – Braised chicken thighs
These braised chicken thighs are a great way to enjoy a comforting and hearty meal. They are simmered in a flavorful liquid, like wine, stock, or broth, until the meat is fall-off-the-bone tender and infused with rich, savory flavors.
You can also add some sautéed vegetables or a salad on the side for a more complete meal.
#4 – Duck breast with port and green pepper sauce
The duck breast is pan-seared to create a crispy, golden-brown crust while keeping the inside juicy and tender. The sauce is made by reducing port wine and green peppercorns to create a rich and flavorful sauce that perfectly complements the duck.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add a little oil. Once hot, add the duck breast, skin-side down, and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes or until the skin is crispy and golden.
Flip the duck and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Remove the duck from the pan and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
To make the sauce, add port wine, green peppercorns, and chicken stock in the same skillet and reduce it to half over medium heat. Once the sauce reaches the desired consistency, please remove it from the heat and swirl in some cold butter.
#5 – Rich meats such as roast beef, steak, or beef short ribs
Rich meats like roast beef, steak, or beef short ribs are great to serve with dauphinoise potatoes because they both have a bold, rich flavor and a satisfying texture that pairs perfectly together. It’s a classic combination that never fails to impress.
You can also add some sautéed vegetables or a salad on the side for a more complete meal.
Don’t forget to pair it with a nice red wine to enhance the flavors.
#6 – Baked salmon or halibut
Both salmon and halibut are mild in flavor, and pair well with a variety of sauces. They can be seared, baked, or grilled.
For a simple sauce, try olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs like dill or thyme. For a more complex sauce, try béarnaise or hollandaise.
#7 – Lamb such as roast leg of lamb, shoulder of lamb, or rack of lamb
Roast leg of lamb is one of the most succulent, tender, and flavorful cuts of meat you can serve. The flavor is delicious on its own, but even better when enhanced with a simple herb rub or marinade.
Both dishes are great together because the creamy potatoes are laced with garlic and herbs for a fragrant and flavorful side dish that pairs perfectly with the juicy lamb.
#8 – Beef stew meat cooked in a red wine sauce
The beef is slow-cooked for hours with flavorful ingredients like fresh herbs and red wine, which gives it an amazing depth of flavor.
To make beef stew cooked in a red wine sauce, you’ll need some beef stew meat and some basic ingredients like onions, carrots, garlic, fresh herbs, and red wine.
Start with sautéing the onions and carrots in olive oil until they are soft and fragrant. Then add the beef stew meat, seasonings, herbs and red wine. Simmer all of this together on low heat for several hours until the beef is tender.
#9 – Garlic steak
Garlic steak is a dish made with steak (usually tenderloin) that is marinated in olive oil, garlic and herbs before being cooked.
To make garlic steak, start by combining the olive oil, garlic and herbs in a bowl. Rub the mixture on both sides of the steak and let it marinate for at least two hours. Heat up a pan on medium heat and cook the steak on each side for 3-4 minutes until desired doneness.
#10 – Corned beef, braised cabbage, and carrots
It is a hearty Irish-inspired dish made with corned beef, cabbage, carrots, onion, and herbs. This flavorful combination pairs perfectly with a creamy potato gratin.
To make the dish, start by heating some oil in a large pot over medium heat. Pour in enough water to cover everything and bring to a boil. Simmer for about an hour or until all of the vegetables are tender.
#11 – Pork Chops with Creamy Mushroom Sauce
When it comes to meat, your best options are chops. It is an easy and delicious dinner that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. The dish consists of pork chops cooked in a rich and creamy mushroom sauce made with butter, mushrooms, cream, herbs and spices.
To make this dish, start by heating some butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the pork chops, seasoning lightly with salt and pepper (or your favorite seasonings). Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. Remove from the pan and set aside.
In the same pan, add more butter if needed and then sauté the mushrooms until softened. Deglaze the pan with white wine (optional) and let it reduce before adding cream.
Add fresh herbs of your choice to finish off the sauce and serve over the cooked pork chops.
What Side Dishes Go Well with Dauphinoise Potatoes?
What to have with these potatoes? Here are popular side dishes:
#12 – Green Beans with Garlic and Parmesan
This veggie dish is a simple dish made by sautéing green beans in olive oil until they are slightly browned, then adding garlic and Parmesan cheese and baking briefly in the oven.
Sautéing the beans in olive oil before adding the garlic and Parmesan gives them a deeper flavor and helps to amplify the taste of the garlic and cheese.
The dish can be served either hot or cold, making it a versatile addition to any menu. It’s also a healthy option, providing plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
#13 – Garlic-Butter Mashed Potatoes
This is a delicious side dish that is perfect for any occasion. This dish is made by boiling potatoes until they are soft, then mashing them with butter, garlic, salt, and pepper.
They are simple to make and taste great!
#14 – Herbed Rice Pilaf
To make this dish, start by heating some oil in a pot or saucepan. Add some chopped onion and sauté until it’s softened. Then, add rice and cook until the grains are translucent.
Reduce the heat and let the rice simmer until it’s cooked through. Serve hot with additional herbs for garnish if desired.
#15 – Cauliflower Cheese
It is very easy to make. Drain it and place it in an oven-safe dish. Add some shredded cheddar cheese, crème fraiche or heavy cream, and bake in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Serve hot with some potato gratin on the side.
#16 – Simple Butter Pepper Carrots
The butter and pepper seasoning on the carrots provides a nice balance of sweetness and savory flavor that pairs perfectly with the creamy, buttery potatoes. This combination creates a balance of flavors and textures that makes for a satisfying meal.
To prepare the Butter Pepper Carrots, you will need to wash and slice the carrots. Melt butter in a pan, add in some ground pepper, and sauté the carrots until they are tender.
#17 – Roast vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, and potatoes
And don’t forget the roasted veggies. These vegetables like carrots and parsnips are great with the potato dish because they are both hearty and flavorful and complement each other perfectly.
The natural sweetness of the vegetables pairs well with the creamy, buttery potato gratin. It’s a classic combination that never fails to impress.
Cut the carrots and parsnips into bite-sized pieces and toss them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices of your choice. Spread the vegetables out on a baking sheet and roast them for 20-25 minutes or until they are tender and slightly caramelized.
#18 – Baked Parmesan Sprouts
Baked Parmesan Sprouts are another effortless dish to make, and it goes perfectly with these potatoes or other meat dishes.
It is a simple, yet delicious side dish perfect for any occasion. It is made with Brussels sprouts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and other seasonings.
To make this dish, start by preheating the oven to 400°F (200°C). Cut the Brussels sprouts into quarters and place in a large bowl. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Toss until everything is evenly coated and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Top with grated Parmesan cheese and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot and enjoy!
#19 – Cheese & Onion Roasted Potatoes
Finally, why not try Cheese & Onion Roasted Potatoes? These roasted potatoes are easy to prepare yet so delicious.
It is a delicious side dish that can be served with almost any meal. The combination of cheese and onion gives it a flavorful kick that is sure to please all palates.
To make this dish, start by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C). Peel and cut the potatoes into cubes then place on a greased or lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Toss until everything is evenly coated. Top with grated cheese and chopped onions and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until golden-brown.
They’re also the perfect side dish for roast meats. You can add some bacon bits to this dish if you like.
#20 – Creamy Mustard Greens
This, perfect for any main dish, especially with the sauce. It’s a delicious combination of mustard greens and cream, cooked until tender. This dish is great for a side because of its creamy texture that pairs well with the potato dish.
To make the dish, start by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C). Heat a large skillet over medium heat and sauté the onions in butter until soft. Add garlic and chopped mustard greens and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook for about 5 minutes until the greens are wilted.
Add cream and stir until everything is combined. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickens. Serve hot with any side dish of your choice!
#21 – Creamy polenta
Creamy and smooth polenta is a great side dish, thanks to its rich texture and mild flavor. It’s also gluten-free, so it works well with many diets—green beans or asparagus.
If you want something with a little more flavor, green beans or asparagus are excellent options that pair well with the richness of these potatoes.
#22 – Salad
Of course, if none of those sound appetizing to you, then consider making this dish into its meal by serving it alongside any salad for an easy vegetarian dinner filled with flavor.
What to Serve with Dauphinoise Potatoes Vegetarian Style?
If you’re looking for vegetarian main dishes, here are some of the best options:
#23 – Vegetable Lasagna
It’s also a great option if you’re feeding a crowd.
To make vegetable lasagna:
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Cook the lasagna noodles until al dente in boiling salted water. Assemble the ingredients for the filling: diced onions, garlic, mushrooms and red bell peppers.
- Sauté the vegetables over low-medium heat for about 10 minutes, until softened. In a separate pan, cook carrots and zucchini until softened.
- In a large bowl mix together ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs and Italian spices. Add some of the cooked vegetables to this mixture and combine well.
- Spread some tomato sauce at the bottom of an ovenproof dish and add a layer of uncooked noodles on top of it. Spread half of the cheese-vegetable mixture over this layer and then repeat with another layer of noodles followed by remaining vegetable-cheese mix.
- Top off with remaining tomato sauce and grated mozzarella cheese.
- Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown on top. Let cool slightly before serving hot!
#24 – Eggplant Parmesan
Eggplant Parmesan is a classic Italian dish that consists of lightly fried slices of eggplant layered with a simple tomato sauce and cheese, then baked until golden and bubbly. It’s a great vegetarian main dish or side dish that can be enjoyed any time of the year!
To make Eggplant Parmesan:
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Slice the eggplants into 1/4-inch thick rounds and season with salt and pepper.
- Coat both sides of the eggplant slices with flour, then dip them in beaten eggs, followed by bread crumbs.
- Heat some olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and fry the eggplant slices until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.
- Spread half of the tomato sauce at the bottom of an ovenproof baking dish and top with half the fried eggplant slices, followed by half of the shredded mozzarella cheese and chopped basil leaves.
- Layer half of the Parmesan cheese over this layer, followed by the remaining fried eggplants, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and basil leaves. Top off with remaining Parmesan cheese and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot!
#25 – Vegetable Soup
Soup is always a good option. It’s a perfect combination that makes for a satisfying meal.
To make the vegetable soup, you can start by sautéing some diced onions and garlic in a pot with some oil, then add in your choice of vegetables like carrots, celery, potatoes, and any other vegetables you like.
Pour in some chicken or vegetable broth, add some herbs and spices, bring it to a boil, and then let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. You can also add some diced tomatoes, beans, or grains like rice or quinoa to make it even more filling.
#26 – Roasted Cauliflower
Cut the cauliflower into florets and toss them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices of your choice.
Spread the cauliflower out on a baking sheet and roast it for 20-25 minutes or until it’s tender and slightly caramelized.
#27 – Kale and Quinoa Salad
For something lighter, try this kale and quinoa salad. It’s healthy and will leave you feeling satisfied.
This salad combines nutrient-dense kale with hearty quinoa, flavorful herbs and a tangy vinaigrette. It’s a great vegan dish that can be served as a light meal or side dish.
To make Kale and Quinoa Salad:
- Cook the quinoa according to the package instructions. Once done, cook it up with a fork and set it aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, combine kale, cooked quinoa, cherry tomatoes, red onions, and pine nuts (optional).
- To make the dressing, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic cloves, honey or maple syrup (optional), and Dijon mustard in a small bowl until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour over the salad ingredients and mix until evenly coated in dressing.
- Add fresh herbs such as parsley or basil for extra flavor, and serve!
What are Dauphinoise Potatoes?
About Dauphinoise Potatoes
Dauphinoise Potatoes or Potato Dauphinoise or Gratin Dauphinoise, from the Dauphiné region of France, is a French dish made with sliced potatoes baked in milk or cream gratin technique. It’s a rich, luxurious side dish of creamy potatoes baked in thick garlic sauce and topped with Gruyere cheese.
The dish is also known by a variety of names, including pommes de terre dauphinoise, potatoes à la dauphinoise, and gratin de pommes à la dauphinoise. In American English, it is known as potatoes au gratin.
How to make it?
It’s delicious as well as effortless to prepare.
You can add some thyme, bay leaf, and nutmeg for a little more flavor before baking in a casserole dish with shredded Gruyère cheese on top. But it’s not a core ingredient. You get tons of flavor from the cream and garlic alone.
You then cook the potatoes in the oven until gently browned on top, and they become wonderfully soft and rich.
The final product is similar to potatoes au gratin and challenging to resist.
What do you serve with gratin dauphinois?
Gratin Dauphinois (French-style potatoes) are deliciously served alongside roast chicken, steak, or pork chops. The rich, creamy sauce of the gratin is also an excellent compliment to seafood such as salmon or halibut.
Are dauphinoise potatoes the same as scalloped potatoes?
They are slightly different from scalloped potatoes. Scalloped potatoes are made using thinly sliced or shredded potato, while dauphinoise potatoes are made by layering thin slices of potato.
Are dauphinoise and gratin the same?
Although similar in name and often interchangeable, dauphinoise differs slightly from gratin. The main difference is dophinwa potatoes use raw potatoes, whereas a gratin starts with boiled potatoes.
Can I freeze dauphinoise potatoes?
Gratin dauphinois is a beautiful dish to freeze. It can be frozen before baking and then baked from the freezer, or it can also be baked first and then reheated in the oven later. Remember that if you cook them thoroughly, they will need at least 20 minutes more cooking time than usual after thawing.
What veg goes with dauphinoise potatoes?
There are a lot of veggies that go great with dauphinoise potatoes! Green beans, carrots, and Brussels sprouts are all classic accompaniments. But you could also mix things up with roasted cauliflower or sautéed mushrooms.
The possibilities are endless. So get creative and experiment until you find your perfect veg-potato pairing!
What to serve with potato gratin?
Potato gratin is a versatile dish that can be served with just about anything. It goes great with roasted meats, poultry, grilled seafood, or a vegetarian main course.
What’s the difference between Dauphinoise potatoes and potato gratin?
Originally, Dauphinoise potatoes and potato gratin were similar but different dishes. Although, nowadays, these two dishes are interchangeable.
Generally, a gratin is a baked casserole made from thinly sliced veggies. Cheese and butter are commonly used for cooking thinly sliced vegetables. Creamy sauces, including those with onions, a hint of garlic, or breadcrumbs, may be used to make potato gratin.
Any baked dish of thinly sliced vegetables cooked with cheese and butter is generally a gratin. Potato gratin can be made with a creamy sauce, sometimes with onions, garlic, and/or breadcrumbs.
The main difference is dauphinoise potatoes use raw potatoes, whereas a gratin starts with boiled potatoes. The original recipe for gratin dauphinoise uses thinly raw potato slices, milk or cream, and sometimes Gruyère cheese, then cooked in a buttered dish rubbed with garlic. In comparison, potato au gratin uses boiled potatoes from the very beginning.
What’s the difference between Dauphinoise potatoes and Dauphine potatoes?
And also, don’t confuse Dauphinoise potatoes with dauphine potatoes, although the names are almost identical.
Pommes dauphine (sometimes known as dauphine potatoes) are crispy potato puffs made by combining mashed potatoes with savory choux pastry, forming the mix into quenelle shapes or balls frying them at 170° to 180°C.
What’s the difference between Dauphinoise potatoes and Scalloped potatoes?
Another similar dish is called Scalloped potatoes, to confuse things even more.
Scalloped potatoes are much simpler. Most recipes call for layers of potatoes to be baked in a basic cream sauce (usually a mix of milk and heavy cream), and that’s it.