Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Double Day Post!

Happy Christmas Eve EVE.

To start I am sharing a new recipe that is perfectly AMAZINGLY delicious for the holidays. If you are doing this as a side you can leave out the sausage and do it as a regular au gratin potato dish except this one is anything but regular.

It's a spinoff from the Pioneer Woman's Herbed Creamy Potatoes recipe. Speaking of PW, I got to meet her IRL!!! She came by OKC for a book signing and we braved the crowd to get her autograph and say hi. She loved Max's tie and his rockin hairdo.

Here we go!
4-6 Small Red Potatoes or Yukon Gold Potatoes
2-2.5 Cups Whole Milk
1/4 Cup Flour
1/2 Stick Butter
1 Packate Polish Sausage
2 Cups Shredded Cheese of your choice
1/2 white onion-finely diced
2 Sprigs fresh rosemary
1/2 cup parmesan

Wash potatoes and cut into halves.
Using a sharp knife or a mandolin slice the potato into VERY thin slices.
Cut polish sausage into thin rounds.
Remove sprigs of rosemary from stems and chop finely.

Butter 9x12 casserole dish and place 1/3rd of potatoes in a flat layer.

For Sauce
Melt 1/2 stick butter over medium high, add onion and saute for several minutes.
Add flour and whisk mixture together, it will be very thick. Let cook for 3-4 minutes. Slowly pour in milk whisking quickly to smooth out your flour/butter mixture (roux) and incorporate it into the sauce.
Add 1 cup cheese and rosemary and whisk into the sauce.
Salt and pepper the sauce to taste.

S&P the potato layer. Cover with 1/3rd sauce. Layer sausage and 1/2 cup cheese.
Layer potatoes, S&P cover with 1/3rd sauce. Layer sausage and 1/2 cup cheese.
Layer potatoes, S&P, cover with remaining sauce and sprinkle top with parmesan.

Bake at 375 COVERED for 50-60 minutes. Uncover and bake another 5-10 minutes to brown cheese on top. I think this would be even better with a seasoned breadcrumb topper. Just melt a little butter and mix into breadcrumbs and sprinkle over the top of the dish.

Mmmmmmmmmm this is umm not the healthiest dish but that is why it is for the Holidays! And I would have taken a pic but it's all gone. Already. Yeah. It's that good.

Next post...cookies!

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