Dana Slatkin

Wild Mushroom Potato Gratin

Wild Mushroom Potato Gratin

Martha Stewart Living

On my way home from the grocery store the other day, something twinkling from above caught my eye and made me gasp. It confirmed what I had seen the day after Halloween but had put out of my mind for a couple weeks, too busy to acknowledge. It was a red and gold tinsel-strewn street lamp. Yes, even here in Beverly Hills, with the sun still shining and flip-flops still the footwear of choice, the holidays have begun to take over the streets.

Since I offered to cook Thanksgiving dinner this year, I decided to face down my denial and shift into high hostess gear. So I began to dig through my bulging file of recipes, sorting out the grease-splattered ones I had scrawled with happy faces or “yum!” and tossing those that weren’t so memorable. This recipe, along with the photo, was one of those keepers that I had torn out from Martha Stewart Living 10 years ago. Above the wrinkled title, humbly named “Mushroom Potato Pie,” I had written “gorgeous!”

What I love about the Thanksgiving meal is that, unlike other repasts, I don’t feel the need to shake up the menu, re-work the traditional fare, or tantalize with brand new dishes. This is one holiday where enough is enough. And, in fact, enough is fantastic. If you are hosting a holiday feast this season, let me offer my secret to pulling it off perfectly. Just give folks what they want—good food, prepared from scratch with love, along a huge helping of thankfulness.

Not a fan of pumpkin pie? Try Dark Chocolate Walnut Bourbon Pie.

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  1. Gina Goldsmith says:


    I was at the farmer’s market in Santa Monica today and they had a mushroom vendor with a bounty of the most wonderful assorted mushrooms! I could not come up with something great to make with them, and ala,s I left empty handed, but Guess what?? They are Perfect for this Gratin, which I am going to make on Saturday after I get a bunch from the farmer’s market!! Want to join me there??


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