Add a New Dish to Your Holiday Menu

With the holidays come many traditions and delights for the senses. The festive decor and, of course the meals we share with family and friends. 

We cherish those recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Our families and friends find special dishes to share and we enjoy a special connection to one another through them. 

This holiday is the perfect time to add a new dish to your holiday menu. That way, you will be part of the legacy for holiday meals to come. A great way to do this is to think of a particular dish you enjoy making and that is easy enough that anyone hosting a meal for others can prepare. Make sure that you have the recipe on hand for those who will want to make it on their own after they taste it.

You can add any dish to a holiday meal that will make it all your own, but in case you're looking for a little inspiration, here's one from our table. We recently replaced the traditional mashed potatoes at holiday feasts with this new creamy, cheesy scalloped potato dish. There's rarely any left for taking home, so you might think about making two dishes of this recipe if you want any leftovers or are having a very large crowd. It will take about an hour to prepare, 45 minutes of which is baking time.

 

Creamy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Ingredients

3 cups whole milk
1 Tablespoon granulated garlic
Salt 
3 pounds potatoes, skinned peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch thick disks (you can use any potatoes you like - Idaho, red, white, or Yukon Gold work particularly well)
1 cup Gruyere, 1 cup Cheddar, 1 cup Mozzarella and 1/2 cup Parmesan fresh coarsely grated cheese all mixed together
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 to 1/2 cup heavy cream

 

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. 

2. In a large saucepan, add the milk to 3 cups of water. 

3. Then add the granulated garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. 

4. Slice your potatoes into 1/4 inch thick rounds. If you have a mandolin, that will be perfect. Do not make to thick or thin as you want the disks to retain their shape but not cook unevenly.

5. Place the potatoes into the saucepan with the liquid and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir the pan and scrape the bottom once in awhile to make sure the potatoes stay separated and don't stick to the bottom of the pan. 

6. Once the pan is boiling, reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender but still slightly firm, about 8 minutes.

7. Meanwhile, butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish on the bottom and all sides.

8. When the potatoes are ready, use a slotted spoon to drain the potatoes and place half of the potatoes in an even layer the baking dish.

9. Cover liberally with half of the grated cheeses and season with salt and freshly ground pepper to your taste.

10. Repeat with the second half potatoes, draining, placing in a layer over the first layer of potatoes and chess. Cover the second layer with the rest of the grated cheese blend. 

11. Gently pour the heavy cream evenly over the top. Make sure you use enough to provide for bubbly, creamy blend when the cheese melts but be careful not to overuse or your potatoes will be soggy.

12. Bake the scalloped potatoes until golden and crisp on top, 40 to 45 minutes. 13. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to set.

This makes about 8 healthy servings.