Posts Tagged ‘potatoes’

Cheesy au Gratin Potatoes

In Side Dishes on November 21, 2010 at 10:46 am

My family always referred to my aunt’s au gratin potatoes as ‘heart attack’ potatoes. She always joked that this was why she only made them twice a year at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Well, they are just so AMAZING that I hated waiting all year to have just twice back-to-back so quickly. So this year I set out to find a less ‘heart attack’ friendly au gratin potato recipe that was still as delicious, and while this is not the least fattening thing I have ever made it sure is DELICIOUS!


I started by scrubbing 3 large potatoes, which weighed a little over 2 pounds. I then cut them into about 1/8th to 1/4th inch slices, and spread them in a baking dish.

Sliced Potatoes

I then set to work on the sauce. I melted the butter in a large saucepan, and then added the onion. I let the onion cook for about 5 minutes, until it was tender. This time I DID NOT set off the smoke alarm!


Once the onion was tender, I added the flour, salt, and pepper. I stirred this continuously until it started to bubble.

salt, pepper, onion, and flour

I then removed the mixture from the heat and added the milk, and 2 cups of cheese (I used more cheese than the recipe called for, cause I LOVE cheesy potatoes).

added milk and cheese

I heated this mixture to boiling, and let it heat until the cheese was completely melted. I stirred it constantly, since I didn’t want to set off the smoke alarm again. Once the cheese was completely melted I poured the mixture over the potato slices in the baking dish.

Ready for the Oven

I baked the potatoes and cheese mix at 375°F for an hour.

Right out of the Oven

After I took the potatoes out of the oven I immediately poured 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese of the top of them, as well as the bread crumbs, and paprika. Once the cheese melted, the potatoes were ready to serve!

Ready to Serve

This was DELICIOUS! Completely and utterly delicious, and it WILL be on the table for Thanksgiving! There isn’t a lot more I can say about this, because it was so good, I’m a bit speechless. All I can do is wish you…

Bon Appetit!


A Little Comfort Food on a Cool Fall Evening

In Comfort Food on October 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm

There’s nothing like comfort food on a cool, crisp, fall day!

And that is exactly what my friends and I made this evening. Mom’s Meatloaf and mashed sweet potatoes. AMAZING! Let’s start with the recipe:

Mom’s Meatloaf
1 lb. of cropped meat
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 large egg
1/3 cup of finely diced onion (I prefer red onion)
2 packets of ranch dip mix
1 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp barbecue sauce

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F
  2. Combine egg, cropped meat, and 2 packets of ranch dip mix, in a large bowl
  3. Add breadcrumbs, cheese, onion, mustard and barbeque sauce
  4. Shape into an oval/ball, and place in baking pan
  5. Cover with barbeque sauce
  6. Add water to coat the bottom of the pan
  7. Bake for 40 minutes
  8. Check the middle to make sure it is cooked all the way through, if it is no longer pink…SERVE

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
3 large sweet potatoes
Half stick of butter
A little milk

  1. Peel sweet potatoes
  2. Cut into 1 inch wide pieces
  3. Boil water in a large pot
  4. Once water has come to a boil, add sweet potatoes
  5. Boil potatoes until they are soft
  6. Drain water
  7. Add butter and a little milk to sweet potatoes
  8. Mash…..SERVE!

Overall it was a GREAT meal that took about an hour start to finish to prepare. Next time I plan to add more breadcrumbs, since the meatloaf crumbled very easily. We’ll see what the next round brings. The meatloaf had a lot of flavor, but I may try adding a bit of garlic next time. There are a lot of ways to make a meatloaf, you can always take my Dad’s approach and add everything except the kitchen sink. He likes to use a packet of French onion dip mix instead of the ranch, and adds French’s French fried onions. It has a lot of flavor! I highly recommend Dad’s meatloaf too!

I loved the smell of all the food cooking in my apartment, and how much it warmed it up on this cool Sunday evening. I love comfort food in the fall, any ideas for next week?

I definitely think a baking adventure is in order sooner rather than later! Stay tuned!