Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

I love, love, love scalloped potatoes! They are creamy, rich, and cheesy and I love anything with cheese! This was a great side dish we had tonight and very easy.

2tbsp unsalted butter
+ more for the dish
1/2 to 1 tsp salt
1/2tsp pepper
2 large baking potatoes
2tbsp all-purpose flour
2cups whole milk at room temperature
3/4cup grated cheese + 1/4cup grated cheese

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Bring to boil enough water for the potatoes and salt the water. While the water is coming to boil, thinly slice the potatoes with a mandolin or a food processor. Boil the sliced potatoes for 8-10 minutes.
In the meantime, butter a 9x13 baking dish and have that ready.
Once the potatoes have cooked, strain them and set them to the side.
Over medium heat, add 2tbsp butter and 2tbsp flour and let the flour come to bubbles but make sure you don't burn this. Stir it with a wooden spoon.
Once the butter has cooked approximately 1-2 minutes, whisk in the room temperature milk and keep whisking for 3-5 minutes. You should add it slowly but whisk quickly .. this will help ensure there are no lumps in the mixture. If there are lumps, simply strain it before moving to the next step.
Add the salt and pepper and stir to combine.
Add the potatoes and the milk mixture to a large bowl and combine. Add 3/4cup grated cheese and combine. Pour into baking dish and sprinkle with remaining 1/4cup cheese.
Bake 10-12 minutes.
Turn the broil on high *and make sure you watch it so it doesn't burn!* This will brown the cheese on top and give it a delicious taste. If it's golden brown, it's ready to come out.
Set to the side for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Eat and ENJOY!

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