Active Time
20 MIN
Total Time
1 HR
Serves : 8 to 10
© John Kernick

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 400°. Lightly grease a 2-quart shallow baking dish. In a large saucepan, combine the potatoes with enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil and cook until fork-tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl. Mash the potatoes with 4 tablespoons of the butter, the crème fraîche, parsley and chopped sage. Fold in the Fontina and season with salt and pepper. Spread the potato mixture in the prepared dish in an even layer.

Step 2    

In a small bowl, using your fingers, blend the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter with the breadcrumbs and Parmesan until coarse crumbs form. Top the potatoes with the breadcrumb mixture. Bake for about 30 minutes, until golden and crisp on top.

Step 3    

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat 1/4 inch of olive oil over low heat. Add the sage leaves and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer the sage to paper towels to drain. Scatter the fried sage over the casserole and serve.

Make Ahead

The assembled unbaked casserole can be refrigerated overnight.

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 3

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

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Review Body: This was damn delicious! Substituted creme fraiche with sour cream and needed about 5 min less time in the oven (breadcrumbs toasted way quicker). Definitely will be making this again! 

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-01-20

Author Name: SeaChef

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Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-11-22

Author Name: IsaChernobil

Review Body: Fontina is great but I will also add another cheese.

Review Rating: 4

Date Published: 2017-06-19