Sunday, June 19, 2011

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes... the story about a few potatoes that got all dressed up in butter, rich cream and luscious, gooey cheese.

This is a delectable side dish for so many things: pork loin, roasted chicken, roast beef - it's a shame that most people only make it for special or holiday dinners. It's a very simple recipe and oh, so good!

Scalloped Potatoes  Recipe from Martha
3# Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced paper thin
3 cups milk
1 clove garlic
3 T unsalted butter, softened
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup heavy cream
5 oz. Gruyere cheese, grated

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 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, 80-90 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately.