The decision to employ gratin is not one that should be made lightly. Potatoes are simply the structure needed to absorb the exorbitant amounts of rich heavy cream that supports layers of gooey melted cheese. This dish should be made when you feel like curling up with something blissfully terrible for your body, but perhaps necessary for your spiritual well-being.

Any good melting cheese can be used here, but there’s something magical about how potatoes pair with Brie. Place it in the freezer for 10–15 minutes to make it firm enough to grate easily. Add extra if you’re in the mood to live dangerously.

Three Ways to the Perfect Potatoes