I got this next recipe from here: http://www.fortheloveofcooking.net/2008/09/au-gratin-potatoes.html and mine looks NOTHING like the pictures from the post – lol. Not sure why – maybe the cheese I used or the fact that I used half and half instead of milk. Regardless, I think this is a wonderful recipe and will happily replace all the boxed potatoes that I may or may not be addicted to, although I may try a half recipe next time – SO MANY POTATOES!!
Ingredients. See the little small potato? I thought I wouldn’t have enough potatoes for this because of that. I had plenty. I also didn’t use all the cheese in the background.
Potatoes sliced. This was the dish I was originally gonna use. Can you say too small?? You may be wondering why the potatoes are in water. This is to keep them from turning into a rainbow of rotten colors. I am not a fast slicer, especially when I need a specific width. This was my solution to keep the potatoes viable while finishing slicing and making the cheese sauce
Making the sauce – I am a little impatient for sauces. I was so ready for this to be done way before it was ready. It was glumpy and odd and I was worried that the cheese wouldn’t work. It did, of course, but it just took some time. I used all the cheddar for this part, but I don’t know why it isn’t yellow. Maybe because I used half and half instead of milk?? Ignore the pink nails – they are still from halloween. I would say ignore the messy stove, but that’s a constant.
I poured the sauce over the potatoes in the new dish and put them into the oven which was too hot – of course. I forgot to take a picture, but I snapped one when I threw it in the oven. Then I decided you really couldn’t see anything, so it was silly to add. Here is the dish after the first baking instead
Now, I would have been happy stopping here, but I went ahead and put on the topping and baked it some more. This time, I used the mozzarella cheese.
Not bad, right? It was really good and filling. It definitely needed more salt – how do I get past the over salt fear? I paired it with some grilled chicken. Next time, I will try it with just milk and no breadcrumbs. I might still do the second bake with cheese on it, but just no bread crumbs. Possibly trying some Panko bread crumbs. Might like that a little better. More crunch. This one will definitely be eaten for a while. I am thinking eggs and potatoes for breakfast!