Over the years - when it comes to any Thanksgiving, Christmas or autumn/winter dinner party - there have been more requests for me to contribute my scalloped potatoes to meals than any other recipe I have ever prepared. I'll be making Cowboy Jeffie's Cowpoke Three-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes for Christmas Day dinner this week.
I first started making scalloped potatoes as an elementary school kid. My mom felt is was important for my sister, two brothers and I to learn how took. She taught me to make her scalloped potato dish from memory - there was no recipe written down.
Cowboy Jeffie's Cowpoke Three-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes
(Yep, that's me - Cowboy Jeffie - in the photo)
My own recipe takes Mom's dish up a couple notches by adding other cheese options to her cheddar-only concoction. Still, each time I prepare the potatoes, I am taken back to the holiday feasts of my childhood.
1 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese - sharpness to personal taste (about 8 ounces)
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan (about 2.5 ounces)
1 cup of a third cheese (crumbled blue cheese, swiss, Monterey Jack or crumbled gorgonzola - about 6 ounces)
5-6 medium-sized russet potatoes - peeled, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
1 medium yellow onion - sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
3/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
6 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter - crumbled or cut into about 1/4 inch cubes
3 1/2 cups milk
1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Lightly butter or cooking spray a 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish.
2. Mix cheddar cheese, Parmesan and third selected cheese in small bowl.
3. Arrange third of potato slices in a prepared baking dish, overlapping slightly.
4. Arrange half of onion slices over potatoes.
5. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
6. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons flour over ingredients.
7. Dot with a third of the butter.
8. Sprinkle a third of cheese mixture over ingredients.
9. Repeat steps 3-8
10. Top with remaining potatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, remaining butter and remaining cheese. (You may wish to add some additional grated Parmesan for a bit more of a crunch crust on top)
11. Pour milk over potatoes. Milk should fill dish half to two-thirds of depth and will not cover potatoes completely (above). (Cooking time can be shortened by heating milk in microwave or a sauce pan prior to pouring over ingredients in dish.)
Bake uncovered until potatoes are tender and cheese is deep golden brown, usually just over 1 hour. (Can be prepared several hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Cover and rewarm in 375°F oven about 20 minutes.) Remove from oven; let stand 15 minutes before serving.
Cowboy Jeffie's Cowpoke Three-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes are always great warmed up another day - if there are any leftovers.
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