Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mom's Easy, Everyday Scalloped Potatoes from Lucy Burdette

LUCY BURDETTE:  I know you can find recipes for fancy, delicious scalloped potatoes that take more time than you can spare for an everyday dinner. (In fact, here is one of my favorites.) But today's potatoes are the potatoes my mother (who loved to eat but not to cook) used to make, often served with a pot roast or meatloaf or some other big hunk of meat:). They taste quite a bit better than plain baked potatoes, but they're pretty darned fast.


3 medium baking potatoes
1 onion, sliced
(sliced peppers are optional)
3-4 oz cheese, grated (I like cheddar)
about 3 tablespoons flour
2-3 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper
3/4 cup milk

Wash the potatoes and slice them on the thin side. Slice the onion and the peppers if using. Grate the cheese. Oil an 8 by 8 inch pan well. 

Layer in the potatoes, onions, cheese, and peppers, sprinkling about a tablespoon of flour over each layer, and dotting with butter. Add salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle the last bit of cheese over the top. Pour in the milk. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 350 for an hour to hour and a quarter, until milk is bubbling and potatoes are soft. If you remember (I didn't), remove the foil halfway through so the cheese can brown on the top. 

Serve with your favorite easy meat and a green vegetable.


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  1. I love scalloped potatoes. Thanks for a great recipe, Lucy! Looks easy enough even for me to prepare ~

    1. You can do it Linda! they should be a little more crispy and golden than the photo shows, but I had covered the pan with foil so they'd cook faster and forgot to remove it:)

  2. Scalloped potatoes! Perfect for this weather. I love this easy recipe and I bet it's actually tastier than the more time-consuming and fussy ones, Lucy/Roberta.

    Can't wait ... yum.

    1. thanks MJ, fancy is not always better, right? These would go with your roast pork too!

  3. This would be perfect with yesterday's chicken on a cool day like today.

  4. Libby--exactly, I was thinking the same thing about Daryl/Avery's chicken! Wouldn't that make a feast?

  5. Thanks, Lucy, for this creamy winter treat. Scalloped potatoes are always great with beef, pork, lamb, turkey, or chicken,. I can almost smell them simmering now.

    ~ Cleo

    1. You're welcome Cleo! I'm still thinking about your squash wrapped in bacon and soaked in maple syrup from Tuesday:)

  6. We're big on potatoes but I rarely think about making them like this. Sounds terrific for these cold nights. Yum!


  7. Simple and easy. These would go with my easy roast chicken from yesterday! Yum! Can't wait to try this. I have potatoes in the fridge.

    Daryl / Avery