Potato, kale and bacon gratin

There’s just something magical about gratin. It’s bubbly, crispy, creamy and rich. The ultimate side dish, this recipe is perfect for alongside Christmas dinner or any time you’re entertaining.
This gratin has added bacon and kale for some extra flavour and goodness. You can use a mandolin to get perfect potato slices – just be careful of your fingers! Prepare this dish in advance and have ready to go in the fridge, so all you have to do is pop it in the oven.
This recipe comes from NADIA magazine, alongside these epic Christmas side dishes: Cranberry and Orange Glazed Carrots with Basil, Stuffed Baby Kumara, Tomato, Green Bean, Ricotta and Basil Salad with Balsamic Glaze and Roasted Spiced Cauliflower with Caramelised Garlic Yoghurt.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Snacks and Sides
Servings 8 as a side
Gluten Free, Kid Friendly


  • olive oil for cooking
  • 4 rashers streaky bacon diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1½-2 tablespoons thyme leaves
  • 1 large bunch kale leaves (about 200g) stripped from tough stalks, chopped
  • 1.5-2 kg agria potatoes scrubbed then slice very thinly
  • 300 ml cream
  • 1 cup tasty cheese


  • Heat a drizzle of oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Cook bacon for a few minutes or until starting to turn crispy. Set aside.
  • Add onion to bacon fat and cook for a few minutes until soft, then add garlic and thyme, and continue cooking for 2 minutes more. Add chopped kale and continue cooking for a few minutes until kale has wilted.
  • Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a medium-large baking dish with butter. Roughly layer one third of the potato slices over the base of the dish (slightly overlapping) and season with a little salt and pepper. Spoon over half the kale mixture and sprinkle over half the bacon. Arrange half of remaining potato slices on top and season with salt and pepper. Add remaining kale mixture and then the bacon. Finally, top with the last layer of potato slices.
  • Pour over cream. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes or until potato is almost tender. Remove foil, sprinkle over cheese and bake for a further 20-30 minutes until potatoes are cooked all the way through and cheese is golden and bubbling. Allow to stand for 10-15 minutes before serving.