Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Au Gratin Potatoes

Potatoes are one of the greatest comfort foods, in my opinion at least.  And with this winter they are needed and what better than adding some cheese to a cream sauce to raise the comfort level.  After all, you'll burn off the extra calories by shivering when you leave the house.






Au Gratin Potatoes

6 medium sized potatoes, peeled and sliced in 1/4" slices
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
2 cups 2% milk
1/4 cup onions, minced
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
8 oz mild cheddar cheese, grated
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 tsp paprika, divided

Place half of the sliced potatoes in a greased casserole dish.  Top with minced onions, Parmesan cheese, some salt, pepper and 1/4 tsp of paprika. Cover with the remainder of the potatoes.  
In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter.  When melted, stir in the flour and let cook for 1 minute.  Add in 1/2 cup of the milk, stir and let it thicken.  Repeat adding in 1/2 cup at a time.  Add in the cheddar cheese and stir until it melts.  Pour over the potatoes.  Sprinkle some salt, freshly ground pepper and the remaining 1/4 tsp of paprika on top.  Place in a 350° oven for 90 minutes.