Saturday, April 16, 2011

Perfect Potatoes au Gratin

by Pioneer Woman

4 Whole Russet Potatoes
2 Tablespoons butter, softened
1-1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons flour
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

 Smear softened butter all over the bottom of a baking dish.

Scrub the potatoes clean

Slice potatoes, then cut slices into fourths.

In a separate bowl, whisk together cream, milk, flour, minced garlic, salt, and plenty of freshly ground pepper.

Place 1/3 of the potatoes in the bottom of the baking dish.  Pour 1/3 of the cream mixture over the potatoes.

Repeat this two more times, ending with the cream mixture.  Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and bake for 20 minutes more or until potatoes are golden brown and really bubbling.

As my dish started to bubble and brown, I quickly started to add the cheese before I had a chance to take a picture of the bubbling mixture and then stopped and then realized how silly the little bit of cheese looks.  So anyhow, after I took this picture, I added the cheese but then forgot to take a picture of it the whole dish covered in cheese...oy!  It's hard to juggle cooking and a camera ;)  Bake for only 5 more minutes.

Allow to stand for a few minutes before serving by the spoonful.  Delicious!

I'm becoming a big fan of Sandy Gluck on the Martha Stewart radio.  She usually comes on the radio when I get in my car during my lunch break.  Well the other day she was talking about making Potatoes AuGratin and my lips were salivating.  I couldn't wait to get home and make them!!  This recipe isn't hers because I couldn't find it so I ended up resorting to who else, but Pioneer Woman and once again, she did not disappoint!!  Although this dish wasn't as cheesy as I'd like it to be, it was still very delicious.  I'll just remember next time to add more cheese AND maybe I'll try Gruyere cheese.

This was today.  Rainy and thundering.  Love the rumble of thunder.  Isn't this a beautiful.  I'm taking this picture of our front lawn from the foyer of our house.  Welcome Spring!!!  ~isavortheweekend

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