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Embrace the Decadent Pleasure of Lighthouse Inn Potatoes

Cooked in cream, enriched with butter and Parmesan, and topped with buttery bread crumbs, Lighthouse Inn Potatoes are a celebration of richness. 

Published Nov. 2, 2022.

Healthy eating is important . . . but so is living life to the fullest. Which is why, upon occasion, you should treat yourself to our recipe for Lighthouse Inn Potatoes.

The Lighthouse Inn was a storied resort in New London, Connecticut, for over a century before it shuttered in 2009. Some believe that the tony inn, which was famous for its namesake potatoes, was haunted. In our experience, eating these savory, rich spuds is so enjoyable that the experience will haunt you until you are able to eat them again. 

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Spirits aside, Lighthouse Inn Potatoes are essentially a supercharged gratin: Cubed russet potatoes are cooked in light cream, enriched with butter and Parmesan cheese, and then baked with a topping of buttery bread crumbs. They are creamy; crunchy; and impossibly, beautifully rich—perfect for a holiday or celebratory meal. And they’re easy to make.

A few notes on the recipe: It’s important to use starchy russet potatoes here; as they cook, their starch helps thicken the luscious sauce. The russet cubes are simmered in cream with a little baking soda to neutralize any of the potatoes’ naturally acidic tannins, which could cause the sauce to separate if left unchecked. Lastly, although we prefer this dish with light cream, you can use heavy cream for an even more luxurious result. 

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