Showing posts with label scalloped potatoes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label scalloped potatoes. Show all posts

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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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Lucy Burdette’s Supper Club Scalloped Potatoes

My mother used to make scalloped potatoes when I was growing up and we adored them. I don't think there was a formal recipe, but she would layer sliced raw potatoes, sliced onions and green peppers, and shredded cheddar. Then she’d sprinkle some flour on the vegetables and cut a few pieces of butter up and drop those in before building the next layer. When the pan was filled, she carefully poured in milk until it just reached the top of the potatoes. Then it was popped into the oven, delicious!

A few years back my friend Ann made some scalloped potatoes for Easter—she’s a wonderful cook, like many of my friends (lucky me!) These weren’t low calorie, everyday potatoes, they were a little bit fancy. Something you can serve company with a baked ham or a grilled tenderloin or even a meatloaf. So when our Supper Club met last month and it was my turn to bring a starchy side dish, I tried to replicate those. I tell you people were swooning over them! In fact it makes me hungry just to look at the picture I took!

¼ c. butter
3-4 large leeks, cleaned and chopped, white and light green parts only
2 cups whipping cream
3 minced garlic cloves
4 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 cups grated white cheddar
1/3 c. grated Parmesan

First of all, make sure the leeks are well washed. Nothing ruins a dish quicker than a gritty mouthful of sand. (To digress a little, we’ve noticed that the leeks we grow in our garden aren’t as sandy as the ones from the market.) Sauté the chopped leeks over low heat in the melted butter, cover and cook until soft (8 or so minutes.)

Oil a 9 by 13 pan well with olive oil. Mix the chopped garlic into the cream. Layer half of the potatoes into the pan, top with half of the leeks, add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle half of the cheese over this layer, then carefully pour in half of the cream. Repeat these layers and grate the Parmesan over the top. Bake in a preheated oven (375) for about an hour and fifteen minutes. Check about 45 minutes in—if the top is quite brown but the potatoes aren't soft, cover it with foil for the rest of the time. Let stand another fifteen minutes to set up before serving. You'll want to put a cookie sheet under your pan in case they drip.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Herb Scalloped Potatoes

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And now for more "Thanksgiving Week Goodies."
Turkey isn't the only thing to eat at Thanksgiving. There are all sorts of side dishes. Stuffing, veggies, sweet potatoes.
But let's not forget the real POTATO. Add CHEESE. And WOW! Scalloped Potatoes, done right, can be the one item on the Thanksgiving buffet that trump all others. There's texture, taste, and satisfaction all in one casserole.
So what if you add a boursin cheese? That's a creamy concoction mixed with herbs and spices, delicious on a cracker, but absolutely fabulous in scalloped potatoes. Top with plenty of Grana cheese (which, if you remember, is parmessan cheese in the USA). And YUM!
So this Thanksgiving, don't just think mashed potatoes and gravy. Think layered potatoes and cheese! Here's my version of Herbed Scalloped Potatoes.



3 russet potatoes, peeled
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
4 oz. Boursin cheese with garlic and fine herbs
4 whole eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 pinch paprika
1 whole yellow onion, finely chopped
4 oz. Grana (hard parmessan) cheese


Thinly slice the potatoes and cook them for 2 minutes in boiling water. Drain and cool by rinsing.

Line 8” square pan with foil. Grease the foil.

Mix Boursin cheese, eggs, milk and spices to make a “sauce.” [I used a blender to whip the cheese into the mix.]

Layer the square pan, alternating with potato, Boursin sauce, onions, parmesan. 2-3 layers. Finish with grated cheese.

Cover the pan with foil and place in oven.

Bake a 350 degrees for one hour. REMOVE FOIL. Bake one half hour longer.

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