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Scalloped Potatoes

I’ve never met a potato that I didn’t like. From baked to fried, mashed or tiny tots, they are one of my favorite foods. Especially  tots, but that would require a whole separate post – let’s just say we could have a sub-site called My Tater Tot Addiction without much effort.

I love potatoes year round, but they really amp up their appearance on our dinner table in the Fall and Winter months.

Growing up, scalloped potatoes often frequented our dinner table and were usually of the cheesy boxed variety peppered with pieces of leftover ham or slices of kielbasa. {Update: I have been corrected by my mom that 95% of the scalloped potatoes of my youth – were in fact homemade. My apologies for doubting your culinary awesomeness, Mom!} It was a quick, inexpensive dinner that was sure to please everyone around the table.

I remember searching for a homemade scalloped potatoes recipe about five years ago. I actually remember doubting the recipes because I thought there was no way something so incredibly rich, decadent and delicious could be so simple.  I was wrong.

Homemade scalloped potatoes are not only easy, they are also quite inexpensive and versatile. I love experimenting with fresh herbs, cheeses and even vegetables and proteins. The beauty of scalloped potatoes is that although they are simple and economical, their decadently cheesy layers can also be quite impressive – which makes them perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

I love baking them in individual serving dishes – because let’s face it I’m a sucker for anything miniaturized and who doesn’t want that golden, crispy topping all to themselves? Serve these up along side a beautifully roasted beef or ham at your next holiday gathering, or on Tuesday night next to some kielbasa and a green leafy salad. The choice is yours, but no matter how you choose to enjoy them, I promise you won’t regret trying this recipe on for size.

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Scalloped Potatoes

December 12th, 2011

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 sprig fresh thyme
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch thick slices
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for broiling

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter or spray a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, warm up the cream, thyme, garlic and nutmeg. Keep your eye on the cream because you do not want it to boil over.
3. Place a layer of potatoes in the bottom of your prepared casserole dish in an overlapping pattern. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Remove cream from heat, pour a little over the potatoes. Top with some grated Parmesan. Make 2 more layers. Bake, uncovered, in preheated oven for 45 minutes.
5. Sprinkle some more Parmesan and broil until cheese browns, about 4-5 minutes.

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