Swissmar V Slicer Giveaway and a Blue Cheese Potato Gratin

The Ohio State Fair is just around the corner (yes...I live in Kentucky now, but an annual trek to the homeland is always in order.) One of my guilty pleasures each year at the fair is watching a demo from the Swissmar company demonstrating their Borner V-Slicer. I am a sucker for those sorts of things. Watching a head of cabbage being shredded to smithereens in a matter of seconds, seeing perfectly cut french fries happen before my very eyes....oh yes, this girl loves a good infomercial (I was stuck like glue to QVC during my last pregnancy).
10 years ago, I bought a the fair. And to this very day, I use that same slicer, all-the-time. It has traveled to the jungles of Papua New Guinea with me and to the vast lands of Mongolia. In fact, I put it to great use one night to make poutine (its a yummy Canadian thing...french fries, gravy, cheese~ oh my) for 20+ people to celebrate Canada Day while in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

I have contemplated stepping up my game with an all out deluxe mandolin. But frankly, it has served me perfectly for a decade. I don't feel like I missing a thing by not investing in a mandolin.
Last week I was in dire need of a grocery shopping trip and too lazy to make one. I rummaged through the fridge and cabinets and pieced together a rather amazing little dinner, if I do say so myself. This gratin was the star of the night. Some potatoes, some blue cheese, caramelized onions, and butter; couldn't be simpler or more delicious (scroll on down for the full recipe).
Swissmar is generously giving one lucky reader a Borner V-Slicer. I must say, I am quite jealous of you guys. Those bad boys look pretty amazing.

Mine may have some miles on it, but its still going strong. And the fair is just two weeks away~ who knows...I may just have to pick up another one~ for the next 10.
Head over to Swissmar's Facebook page to read more about their amazing products. You have until Sunday night at 8 to drop a line in the comments section. What delicious food would you make using the v-slicer?
*for US and Canadian residents only. Sorry, readers from the far reaches of the world~

Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onion Gratin

4-5 large Russet Potatoes
1 cup Blue Cheese, Crumbled
3-4 Onions, sliced thinly (v-slicer or mandolin is perfect for this) and caramelized
Salt & Pepper

1. Caramelize onions in a bit of butter until soft and rich in color. Set aside.
2. Melt 1/2 stick of butter in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. With a V-slicer, mandolin, or a sharp knife, cut potatoes very thin.
3. In a cast iron skillet or oven proof pan, melt 2-3 tablespoons of butter in the bottom.
4. Starting with the potatoes, lay them in a circular pattern to cover the bottom Overlapping slightly.
5. Brush a small amount of melted butter on the potatoes and sprinkle with pepper and a dash of salt.
6. Using your fingers or a fork, strategically place some of the onions on top of the buttered potatoes.
7. Sprinkle with some of the crumbled blue cheese.
8. Add the second layer of potatoes on top of the blue cheese and continue layering until all of the ingredients are used up ending with potatoes, butter and salt and pepper.
9. On the stove top, place the pan on medium heat and cook the layered gratin until steam begins to rise. Cook for 5 minutes.
10. Transfer the pan to a preheated 375 degree oven and bake until the potatoes can easily be poked with a fork (about 25 minutes)
11. When the gratin is cooked through, turn the oven to broil and crisp the top of the gratin.
12. Cool slightly, cut into wedges and serve



  1. I won't enter Megan, since I'm family, but I use a mandoline a lot at home. Makes such short work out of so many veggies and cooking is so much easer with consistent thicknesses (no half-done bits). Looks like a really good product.

  2. I can't wait to get to the one and only Ohio State Fair!!! I think we could use one of these to make some yummy dishes. Julie

  3. Recently, I've considered buying a mandolin, but haven't done so...yet. In January, after a long career in market research, I quit my job in order to stay home with my children, ages 8 & 10. Although it was the toughest decision I've ever made, it has also been the best! I will admit, though, that it has been challenging at times -- both emotionally and financially. One of the upsides, though, has been that I am now able to cook more, which is something I truly enjoy (not to mention how much it saves over eating out!). I'd love to win the slicer because I'm sure I'd be able use it to fix even more yummy recipes for my family to try!

  4. I would love to try THIS recipe with that purty V-slicer! Bleu cheese, potatoes, caramelized onions?! What the what?! This sounds A-mazing!!!
    Oh, and please tell me when you're going to be at the fair?! I would LOVE to hug you!:)

  5. Oh how I could use this handy tool. I have a garden for the first time and planted lots of squash and zuchini, which I love. In fact, one of my favorite dishes is a squash, tomato, zuchini gratin. One of these tools could easily make prep not such a drudgery when I'm cooking for 6 people every night. I know these things can make miracles happen with salads too. I too am a sucker for QVC type setups at the grocery store. I almost bought one of these tools at my neighborhood Kroger, but I'm kinda tight and it wasn't on my grocery list. Would love to give this thing a try.

  6. I would do this recipe first, love blue cheese and potatoes! I will also use it to do sweetpotato chips, eggplant and carrot!
    I hope I win it :)


  7. Hi, I found your blog through Foodgawker! Like you, I'm mama to 3 kids (2 girls and a boy, all under the age of 5). It's super busy at the home front, and a super mandoline like this will be put into good use in our kitchen. I'm crossing my fingers that I win!!!

  8. I would use this to make some sweet potato chips!

  9. I would make baked vegtables chips.

  10. That gratin looks great, although I've been waiting to make baked apple chips! Hopefully the apple crop is good this year...

  11. Being Irish on both sides, and married to an Irishman too, potato dishes would be the order of the day! Thanks.

  12. This looks delicious!

    AND I've been looking for a good mandolin (been shopping around, but wasn't sure which brand was best). I'd love to win this one!

    I'd definitely try this recipe, along with homemade chips, ratatouille, and lots of others!


  13. Looks yummy, never could figure out my own mandolin. Did your husband know that Zappos home office in KY is hiring?

  14. I love a new kitchen gadget just nearly as much as a pig loves mud! My family, like so many others these days, is in a financial crisis. My husband was injured at work last June and was fired in June 2012. At present we are a no income family, so winning the slicer would be wonderful!!!! Reading a chapter of Proverbs, checking your blog for new updates and cooking are just a few of my daily rituals! Love your blog! Jamie

  15. I'm not trying to win the slicer, just wanted to leave the comment. I sliced off the tip of my finger with my PC mandolin and haven't wanted to tackle contraption again. For the record, I am very klutzy.

  16. i would make a ratatouille !!

  17. I think I'd have to try this very recipe. It looks delicious! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Oh man, this is one gadget that's been on my list for awhile. I think I'd probably start with my aunt's scalloped potatoes. MMM..

  19. My goodness, Megan! That looks awesome! I would love to win! And likely, I would use that fabulous slicer to make the yummy looking recipe you've posted!

  20. This prize looks amazing and your recipe looks so good I can't wait to try it!! I hope I win! I love the green one pictured it matches my kitchen!

  21. I've always wanted a mandolin since who knows when! I've tried to save money and live a little healthier by making my own chips at home, but I just can't seem to get them as thin as they should be! They end up being just circular fries really, haha! If I had one, I would surely make my own version of Terra chips. I love the idea of having a variety of starches all in one bowl!

  22. I would use this to make my fabulous sweet potato fries!!

  23. I would make the recipe above, seriously! Sounds like heaven!!

  24. I would cut up all my veggies with it. Especially onions and carrots, oh zuchinni too.

  25. I would make homemade potato and sweet potato chips.
    Jennifer M.

  26. I would make something with zucchini ribbons. I'm afraid of slicing off my finger though, so hopefully they have some protective device (:

  27. I would love to try to make my own potato chips and this would be ideal for that!


  28. I have been dreaming of a slicer since I first saw an antique cabbage slicer in my grandmother's basement. While it may not be fermented cabbage I dream of now, my family would be quite happy if momma could slice something...anything...evenly!

  29. I typically shy away from kitchen equipment if it has many pieces because I always fear it will require kitchen skills I don't possess, but the tasty looking potato recipe above might make me live on the adventurous side of the kitchen.

  30. Hmmm..fried potatoes! Yummy! I would love one of these in my kitchen!