Rudolph The Red Nosed Potato! Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins for Christmas Day (Recipe)

Rudolph The Red Nosed Potato! Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins for Christmas Day (Recipe)

Rudolph The Red Nosed Potato! Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins for Christmas Day (Recipe)

Rudolph The Red Nosed Potato!

Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins for Christmas Day

(Recipe)

Rudolph Roasting Kit

Rudolph Roasting Kit

It’s now officially Christmas week – that’s the week that precedes Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and that means it’s not long now. Our Christmas menu has been planned, and I will reveal all nearer the time, but, I can tell you that we will be having these alongside our Christmas dinnerMini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins, and that they have already been made and are sitting quite happily in the freezer waiting to be cooked and served on the big day. These aren’t muffins in the baked and literal sense, although I have a crisis about what constitutes a muffin anyway, as some of you may know; these are so called as they are baked in what is known as a “muffin” tray and are small like the American sweet muffins that you see in countless cafés and bakers across the UK now, not the authentic and “real” muffins that are small yeasted bread cakes similar to a crumpet.  I created this recipe two weeks ago for my Kenwood Christmas MenuAll the Trimmings, Spiced Red Cabbage with Apples Recipe – but, I did not have time to take photos of the served potatoes, so here they are today.

Rudolph The Red Nosed Potato! Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins for Christmas Day (Recipe)

Rudolph The Red Nosed Potato! Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins for Christmas Day (Recipe)

However, when I received a Rudolph Roasting Pack recently, (a roasting tin, festive oven gloves, Rudolph potatoes and some recipe cards) from the lovely people at Rudolph Potatoes, I decided to make another batch for the freezer, as well as for Sunday lunch. Rudolph is a striking maincrop potato variety with vibrant red skin (hence the name one would imagine) and contrasting snowy white flesh. It has fantastic eating qualities……naturally sweet in flavour with a smooth and creamy texture. Rudolph potatoes are equally good baked, mashed or roasted; with my roasting pack I was sent a roast potatoes recipe, but,I decided to take Rudolph for a sleigh ride with my spuds and make my Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins recipe!

Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins for Christmas Day (Recipe)

Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins for Christmas Day (Recipe)

The Rudolph potatoes worked extremely well in this recipe, the top of the little Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins were crispy and crunchy, whilst the inner layers were soft and almost nutty in flavour. They held their shape well and I happen to know that they freeze  very well too, having frozen a batch already, so that’s another job for Christmas done and dusted – the main potato accompaniment are prepared and ready. I think this recipe is a little stunner, it’s an unusual way to serve potatoes, and, whereas you cannot beat a crunchy salt dredged roast spud, it is nice to have something a little different and dare I say more elegant on the Christmas dinner table.

Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins for Christmas Day (Recipe)

Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins for Christmas Day (Recipe)

Although I am sharing my recipe below, there are some great recipes on the Rudolph website here: Rudolph Recipesincluding the recipe that accompanied my roasting pack, Paul Foster’s Rudolph Roast Potatoes, which do look and sound rather lush!

Paul Fosters Best Roast potatoes

Paul Fosters Best Roast potatoes

If you fancy making the recipe for my Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins, make them now and pop them into the freezer either uncooked in the muffin tray; then once frozen take them out and store them in a plastic freezer bag ready to cook from frozen when you need them. Or, cook them and then freeze them in a plastic container once cooled, and all you need to do on Christmas Day is to defrost them and warm them up in an oven for about 10 minutes. I allow two per adult and one per child, but, so a batch of 12 will feed 4 adults and 4 children, although I always make extra for leftovers!

Uncooked Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins for Christmas Day

Uncooked Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins for Christmas Day

That’s all for today, I will be back later with more recipes and a new Giveaway, plus some ideas for home-made foodie gifts for Christmas. Have a wonderful day and see you later, Karen

Disclaimer: I was sent a Rudolph Roasting Kit which comprised a Mermaid roasting tin, a bag of Rudolph potatoes and some oven gloves; I was not asked to write about the kit, nor was I paid to do so – all opinions expressed in this post are my own. Karen S Burns-Booth
Rudolph The Red Nosed Potato! Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins for Christmas Day (Recipe)

Rudolph The Red Nosed Potato! Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins for Christmas Day (Recipe)

Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins

Serves 8 to 12 depending on size of tin
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Allergy Milk
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentines day
Region French
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
Exactly as the title says, these are cooked in a muffin or Yorkshire pudding tin and they are a brilliant way to use up leftover potatoes; they are so good that it's worth baking or boiling up some potatoes specially, they also freeze beautifully. Perfect for a festive meal, as you can prepare them beforehand, ready to cook on the day.

Ingredients

  • 6 large cooked potatoes, sliced thinly
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled & crushed
  • 150ml creme fraiche (or sour cream)
  • 100g grated Gruyere cheese
  • 50g butter
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste

Note

Exactly as the title says, these are cooked in a muffin or Yorkshire pudding tin and they are a brilliant way to use up leftover potatoes; they are so good that it's worth baking or boiling up some potatoes specially, they also freeze beautifully. Perfect for a festive meal, as you can prepare them beforehand, ready to cook on the day.

Directions

Step 1 You will need a deep 12 hole Muffin tin or 2 X 4 hole Yorkshire pudding tins.
Step 2 Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F or Gas Mark 6.
Step 3 Using 25g of the butter, grease the muffin or Yorkshire pudding tins well. You can line the base with greaseproof baking paper for ease of removal if you wish.
Step 4 Arrange the potatoes in the tins in layers - seasoning every other layer or so with the crushed garlic, salt & pepper to taste. Carry on until all the potatoes are used up.
Step 5 Stir the creme fraiche with a balloon whisk thin it down a bit - and then pour it over the top of each mini potato gratin, adding more, until it is all used.
Step 6 Sprinkle some grated cheese on top and then top each potato muffin with flecks of the remaining butter.
Step 7 Grate some nutmeg on top and bake in the oven for about 30 to 45 minutes; it depends on which tin you are using - a muffin tin will take less time to bake than a Yorkshire Pudding tin as the holes are smaller.
Step 8 Serve with all types of daubes, casseroles, stews, roast dinners OR as a light lunch with crisp green salad & crusty French bread.
Step 9 To freeze: Freeze in the tin after assembling them and when frozen, remove and place into zip-lock bags or plastic containers. (It is best to line the base with greaseproof paper if you intend to freeze them - they are easier to remove from the tin)
Step 10 Defrost and bake on a large greased and/or lined baking tray - the same temperature as before; or place into muffin/Yorkshire pudding tins to help keep their shape.
Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins for Christmas Day (Recipe)

Mini Potato Dauphinoise Muffins for Christmas Day (Recipe)

Christmas Menu Ideas:

The Main Event ~ Beef Wellington (Boeuf en Croute) Recipe

Kenwood Christmas Menu: The Main Event ~ Beef Wellington (Boeuf en Croute) Recipe

“All the Trimmings” Spiced Red Cabbage with Apples Recipe

Kenwood Christmas Menu: All the Trimmings ~ Spiced Red Cabbage with Apples Recipe

Sweet Endings with Pomegranates, Pudding and Pavlova

Clementine & Brandy Fruit Pudding

Gifts: Christmas Pudding Chocolate Spread and Spiced Quince & Cranberry Chutney

Spiced Quince and Cranberry Chutney

Rudolph Potatoes are BRITISH – Support British Producers: 

Rudolph growers

Rudolph growers

What potatoes are you planning to use on Christmas Day?

What is your favourite potato recipe?

Comments

  1. says

    what a genius idea!… how come I never thought of this? It’s bloody brilliant… they look so amazing too.. I am most definitely going to be making these for Christmas lunch, they are gorgeous!… never heard of these potatoes but will go check them out.. xxx

    • says

      Thanks Dom! I created this recipe idea a few years ago and am always pestered to make them for family occasions! The beauty of them is that they can be made beforehand and popped in the freezer!

  2. Melanie C says

    Wow these look lovely and what a festive idea! I’m not cooking Christmas Day but shall be including these on my Christmas Eve menu! xx

  3. says

    I wanted to try Dauphinoise too and I love your idea of individual portions, will give this a go Christmas Eve to serve with the salmon

    • says

      Thanks Mari, I DO hope you enjoy them and one tip is to push the potatoes down firmly and well when adding to the muffin tin, so they “gel” together when they bake! Karen

  4. says

    LOVE this idea Karen. I am so going to do this (and give credit to you of course). Rachel Khoo did rostis in a muffin tin on her show and I thought that was clever too. As for potatoes on the Big Day, I will have to do trad goose fat roasties for the older contingency but I will make these soon in the New Year. Bookmarking this beauty.

  5. says

    A lovely recipe Karen, I’ll be making it this Christmas. Thank you so much for your friendship this year and for being our Simple and in Season hostess with the mostess. Have linked to your in my current Merry Christmas post xx

  6. Nickie C says

    Considering I just threw away a very large amount of dauphinoise, I could have used this great idea! Ah well, next time I fancy dauphinoise, I’m definitely doing this, for portion control if nothing else ;)

  7. Maya Russell says

    Great idea for Christmas day muffins. Muffins are so easy to make & you can make them the day before and just heat up.

  8. Beverley says

    Ooh – I think these will go well with the beef en croute – I was thinking about Duchesse but these look lovely!

  9. Beverley says

    Hmm – wondering if these would go with the baked sausage/black pudding 5:2 recipe. Might prevent a wail for chips!

  10. Judith Eddington says

    How wierd- I was thinking last week whether I could make separate portions of dauphinoise potatoes in a muffin tray and now I just found your recipe! going to try this very soon!

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