Hey potato lovers, did you know there’s a fancy and delicious way to serve potatoes? Our recommendation: make a Potato Dauphinoise!
This dish may sound fancy-schmancy, but it’s quite easy to prepare.
You need to slice your potatoes thinly and bake them in either cream or milk, following the gratin technique.
The resulting dish? A rich and flavorful potato dish with a garlicky and cheesy twist!
Sounds super impressive, right?
But there’s a catch: With all of its ingredients, potato dauphinoise can get a bit heavy and too rich when you eat it on its own.
The solution? Find the perfect side dishes that can complement its creamy texture and overwhelming flavor.
So what to serve with potato dauphinoise? We invite you to check our carefully curated list of sides below!
What to Serve with Potato Dauphinoise? Here are Your Best Bets!
To be honest, it’s not that easy to find the perfect pairing for potato dauphinoise that would balance out its richness without losing its flavor. But we soldiered on to provide you with the best list of potato dauphinoise side dishes, and here are the best options that we came up with:
1. Sauteed or Roasted Vegetables
If you’re a vegan or simply looking for a way to add more fiber to your diet, this is the way to go. (*)
The good news is you don’t have to settle for bland and boring vegetable dishes. After all, you have plenty of different types of vegetables to choose from—carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, peas, asparagus, and many more.
You can also prepare your vegetables in two ways—sautéed or roasted.
Sauteeing vegetables can help you save time. On the other hand, roasting is the go-to method for making smoky and more flavorful vegetables.
2. Creamy Polenta
You should prepare it with mild-tasting sides like polenta for those who want the potato dauphinoise to be the center of attention.
For those who aren’t aware of this, polenta is a cornmeal porridge that’s a common staple in Italian cuisine. (*) It has a creamy and smooth texture which will pair well with your potato dish.
Did You Know?
Polenta is gluten-free, so it’s an excellent choice for people who are sensitive to gluten.
Pro Tip: Go for either asparagus or green bean polenta for a richer flavor.
3. Parathas or Rotti
The best side dish cut through the dauphinoise’s richness would be bread! If you want to make your meal more interesting, ditch the French breads and go for ones with an Asian twist—roti (flatbread) or parathas (fried flatbread). (*)
In Indian cuisine, this is often served with saucy dishes (like curry), so it will surely work well with dauphinoise. The bread will balance out the richness of dauphinoise, while the creamy sauce of dauphinoise will even out the bread’s dryness.
4. Naan Bread
Here’s another Indian bread that’s a perfect match for potato dauphinoise. This one is an oven-baked flatbread often used to scoop sauce foods and gravies so that it can be a great side for your potato dauphinoise.
Let’s face it. Potatoes and meat are just meant to be together, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t serve your potato dauphinoise with a delicious beef dish!
Our best bet would be a perfectly seasoned steak with aromatics like garlic and herbs like rosemary.
Pro Tip: Make sure to heavily season the steak before cooking since 40% of the steak’s seasoning is eliminated during the cooking process.
Other beef dishes that you can serve with potato dauphinoise are beef stew and corned beef.
And, of course, you need to have a chicken at the top of your list when you’re preparing a potato dish, right? So you just need to have it!
This is an excellent option if you prefer a healthier and leaner option than red meat. (*)
For this, we have two dish recommendations. First, you can always go for something simple like braised chicken thighs or a fancier and more flavorful choice like garlic butter chicken.
7. Lamb Chops
Are you looking for a healthier option than steak? Try lamb chops. (*)
Here’s our favorite lamb chops recipe: honey lime lamb chops. To prepare this recipe, you only need to mix lime juice, soy sauce, tomato ketchup, honey, and vinegar the use the resulting mixture to glaze your lamb chops.
Pro Tip: If you wish to reduce the lamb’s game smell, you can soak it in milk or a mixture of salt, vinegar, and water before cooking.
8. Duck Breast
If you need a dish that you can prepare quickly, duck breast is the best option. This is because it will take you less time to tenderize it than most meats.
The tender and juicy meat and the crispy crust can help balance the dauphinoise’s creaminess.
Pro Tip: You can use the residual duck fat to make the potato dauphinoise extra flavorful.
Of course, we also have something for the pork lovers out there—pork chops! We love preparing pork chops because there are many things we can do about them.
Our go-to meal would be grilled pork chops because it’s pretty easy to do. But if we’re feeling a bit fancier and have more than enough time to cook, we go for pork chops with creamy mushroom sauce.
For the healthiest main dish, you can try serving fish. A popular and delicious option would be salmon. (*)
Baked salmon is light and flaky and would go well with the creamy and rich potato dauphinoise.
Pro Tip: To balance everything out, place lemon zest on top of the baked salmon. The citrusy flavor can cut through all the richness of the meal.
Wrapping It Up
What to serve with potato dauphinoise? Our best recommendations are different types of protein (fish, beef, chicken, and many more), vegetables, and breads.
Now that you have the best sides for potato dauphinoise, nothing stops you from whipping up an excellent meal for your family. Let us know how it goes!