Friday, December 16, 2011

Scalloped Potatoes

So I love me some potatoes.
I don't know if the past is evidence of that.
I know I say that I love a lot of things
and I say that a lot of things are delicious.
But potatoes are pretty much a staple for
comfort food
fancy meals
easy, cheap meals...
potatoes are good.

I didn't want to do just plain ol' mashed potatoes 
for this dinner party so I started searching 
for a good scalloped potato recipe. 
And my search ended with a fantastic sounding recipe 
from the queen herself.

What You Need:

  • 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, and sliced paper thin
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated

What To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees with a rack set in the lower third of oven. Combine sliced potatoes and milk in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, and immediately reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until potatoes are just tender, about 3 minutes.
  2. Place a colander over a large bowl and drain potatoes, reserving milk. You should have 2 cups of thick, starchy milk. If potatoes have absorbed more than 1 cup of milk, add enough milk to bring the reserved milk volume to 2 cups.
  3. Rub a 3 1/2-quart oval baking dish with garlic and butter. Arrange sliced potatoes in the baking dish; season with salt and pepper. Dot with remaining butter and pour over reserved cooking milk and cream. Sprinkle cheese over top.
  4. Transfer baking dish to oven and bake until cheese becomes deep golden brown and milk has reduced and thickened, 80 to 90 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
A couple of notes:
  • To save time, I did not peel the potatoes. I just scrubbed them really clean!
  • I used 8oz of Gruyere cheese. And it was really good. But I think you could use a cheaper cheese and it still be just as good. 
  • It only took about 1 hr to complete baking when I made it!

You'll notice that there's only one photo of the potatoes
and it's of the scoop on my plate. 
it smelled too good to stop and photograph
Definitely a little more work than I want to do for a normal meal
but it was so worth it for this!
This was the remainder at the end of the night


  1. these look great! my grandma used to always make scalloped potatos when I was younger and I loved them!

  2. i could always eat potatoes, like with every meal. so thank you. : )


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