Hello, Halo Zeromedia readers! Are you looking for a hearty and comforting dish to serve at your next family dinner or gathering? Look no further than scalloped potatoes! This classic dish is loaded with creamy, cheesy goodness and is sure to be a hit with everyone at the table. Plus, it’s surprisingly easy to make, even for beginners in the kitchen. Let’s dive right in!
- 6-8 large russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 cups whole milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Step 1: Preheat and Prep
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Peel your potatoes and slice them thinly, either with a knife or a mandoline slicer. Rinse them in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
Step 2: Make the Roux
In a medium saucepan, melt the unsalted butter over medium heat. When fully melted, add the all-purpose flour and whisk together until smooth. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture turns a light golden brown. This is your roux, which will thicken the sauce and give it a velvety texture.
Step 3: Add the Milk and Seasonings
Slowly pour in the whole milk, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Stir in the salt and black pepper until combined. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and comes to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in your shredded cheddar cheese until fully melted and incorporated.
Step 4: Layer the Potatoes and Sauce
Place a layer of your sliced potatoes in the bottom of your greased baking dish. Pour a layer of your cheese sauce on top, making sure to cover all the potatoes. Repeat until all your potatoes and sauce are used up, making sure to end with a layer of sauce on top.
Step 5: Bake and Serve
Cover your baking dish with aluminum foil and place it in the preheated oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and the cheese sauce is bubbly and golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Tips and Tricks
- For added flavor, sprinkle some chopped fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary on top of each layer as you assemble the dish.
- If you don’t have a mandoline slicer, you can use a sharp knife to slice your potatoes. Just make sure to aim for even, thin slices so that they cook evenly in the oven.
- If you like your scalloped potatoes extra cheesy, feel free to add more shredded cheese to your sauce. You can also try experimenting with different types of cheese, like Gouda or Parmesan.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes scalloped potatoes different from au gratin potatoes?
While both dishes typically involve sliced potatoes and a creamy cheese sauce, scalloped potatoes are usually baked uncovered and have a more simple, straightforward flavor profile. Au gratin potatoes, on the other hand, are often covered with breadcrumbs or a layer of melted cheese that forms a crispy crust on top.
Can I make scalloped potatoes ahead of time?
Absolutely! You can assemble the dish up to a day ahead of time and store it covered in the fridge until ready to bake. Just make sure to add a few extra minutes to the bake time if the dish is cold from the fridge.
What should I serve with scalloped potatoes?
Scalloped potatoes are a versatile side dish that pair well with a variety of main courses. They’re especially delicious alongside roasted meats like chicken, beef, or ham. You could also serve them with a simple green salad or some steamed vegetables to balance out the richness of the dish.
Goodbye for now, and happy cooking!