I discovered a new "comfort food" recipe involving potatoes and cheese...always a fave around our house! The original recipe calls for butter (I only use vegan butter now so will replace with that) and milk which I will replace with skim milk. The original recipe also calls for ham which I leave out. The recipe posted here is the one I've tweaked. It's a perfect side dish for a cold winter evening. However, because there is a lot of prep before popping it into the oven, I only make this for an evening when we don't have to rush out the door for any activities. It makes a nice Sunday dinner side with a chicken from the deli counter and an added side of cooked carrots or steamed peas.
LOADED BAKED POTATO CASSEROLE
2 lbs potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
(I use red potatoes and leave skins on)
1 large onion, halved and sliced
(I use a sweet onion)
1/4 c. water
1/4 c. vegan butter
(I use Earth's Balance)
1/3 c. flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground mustard
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 c. skim milk
3 c. shredded cheddar cheese, divided
3 c. fresh broccoli florets
2 Tbsp minced fresh chives or scallions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place potatoes, onion and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, covered, on high until potatoes are almost tender (about 8 minutes); drain.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat and stir in the flour and seasonings; cook and stir until lightly browned (about 2 minutes).
- Slowly whisk in the milk.
- Boil the mixture, stirring constantly; cook and stir until it's thick (about 2 min)
- Stir in 2 c. of the cheese until melted. Remove from heat.
- Payer the potato mixture, and broccoli (and ham if you are using ham) in a greased 13x9 inch baking pan.
- Top with the sauce and the remaining 1 c. cheese.
- Bake, covered for 45 min.
- Uncover, bake until potatoes are tender, about another 25 min.
- Sprinkle with chives and let stand for a few minutes.
This goes well with a rotisserie chicken from your local deli counter or with grilled steak tips.
I like to add steamed peas or green beans or sometimes cooked carrots.
Sometimes this is our main meal with a plate of sliced, fresh tomatoes or a tossed salad.
as with all the posts under the "faithfixes" label, you do have permission to copy and print this recipe.