Friday, July 23, 2010

Easy Italian au Gratin Potatoes

OK I know it's summer everywhere else but it was 65 and the sun didn't make an appearance until 2 pm. Then disappeared two hours later. Hello Summer!! Where are you??? So I'm feeling winter foods. This potato fish would be great with BBQ'ed meats! It's easy being you toss it together and throw it in the oven. It also tastes more complicated than it is. It doesn't require making a white sauce and oddly has no cream in it! I made this with Meatloaf before..yes before...a baseball game. We came home and rewarmed for dinner. It was perfect after a chilly game.

Easy Italian au Gratin Potatoes

4 large potatoes cut into quarters.
2 cups of whole milk
2 TB butter
3 heaping TB flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp pepper
4 cloves Garlic minced
1 cup Approx of Italian style six blend cheese
1 cup Italian style six blend cheese for topping

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut the 2 TB butter into chunks and place into the bottom of a Pyrex dish
In a bowl mix together with a whisk milk, flour, garlic, salt and pepper
Put 1/3 of the potatoes in the bottom of the Pyrex dish. Pour 1/3 of the milk mixture over the potatoes. Cover with cheese.
Repeat two more times but do not cover the top with cheese.

Cover with foil and cook for 1 hour.
Uncover and cover potatoes with remaining cheese. Place back into the oven for 20 more minutes.
Let sit for a couple minutes before eating.

I actually covered it back up and we saved it for after the baseball game. It was heaven! Oh and we won the game to boot!

Family Friendly Note This dish could be made in advance and stored in the fridge overnight till you are ready to bake. It also reheats really well.


tahtimbo said...

This looks REALLY good! I know that the last 20 minutes need to be in the oven, in order to brown the cheese, but could the rest of this be made in a crock pot?

Chef Dennis said...

those potatoes look sooooo good! I know its hot out but how could you resist those potatoes! thanks for sharing!

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