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Potato Gratin

Potatoes.....the ultimate comfort food. I think they are one of the most perfect foods around. Have you ever met a person who didn't like potatoes in some shape or form? Even the pickiest eater will eat potatoes. They are one of the most versatile foods I can think of. Bland on their own, they get along with everybody, absorbing all the other flavours around them. Potatoes can be crunchy or silky smooth. Steamed, fried, roasted, mashed or smashed, there are thousands of ways to cook a potato. Here is one of them.

Potato and Onion Gratin

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 lbs. red potatoes, sliced thin
1 large onion, julienned
2 1/2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup milk or cream
1/2 tsp nutmeg
pinch of dried thyme
salt and pepper
2 cups  grated cheese, I use a blend of Parmesan, Mozzarella, Gruyere and Provolone,

Preheat oven to 400F. In a large non-stick pan heat olive oil over  med-low heat. Add potatoes and onion. Season liberally with salt and pepper.Cover and cook on med-low heat stirring often, until potatoes are tender and fully cooked  about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium size saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring well. Slowly add chicken stock and milk, whisking well. Let cook  until thickened, stirring constantly. Add nutmeg, thyme and salt and pepper.Add  half the cheese( save other half for topping) stir well until cheese is just melted and remove from heat. In a greased casserole dish, add half the potatoes and onions, top with half the cheese sauce. Repeat. Top with reserved cheese. Bake uncovered in oven 25-30 minutes or  until golden brown and bubbly. Yum!

This is a very forgiving recipe, Feel free to make changes to suit your personal taste, such as changing the types of cheese,  replacing some of the potatoes with another vegetable such as cauliflower, adding bacon or ham etc.  I am sure it will be delicious!

Tags: Potatoes, Cheese, Sides

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