Jan 062014

What’s not to like with this recipe that’s a cross between a stuffed baked potato and mashed potatoes? This dish is ideal for a potluck gathering. You can assemble it the day before and bake it when ready. It’s great reheated.


5 large russet baking potatoes (about 3 1/2 pounds total)
4 tablespoons plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup heavy cream, or more if you need it
1 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/4 pound bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
4 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
4 ounces mild cheddar cheese, grated (3 cups)
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Scrub the potatoes well and rinse under cool running water. Pat dry with paper towels and prick the potatoes in several places with a fork. Place the potatoes in the oven and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until tender. Remove from the oven and set aside on a wire rack until cool enough to handle.

When the potatoes have cooled, cut each potato in half and, using a spoon or a melon baller, scoop the flesh out of the skins, leaving as little flesh as possible. Place the potato flesh in a large bowl and add 1/2 stick of the butter, the sour cream, heavy cream, salt, and pepper and mash until chunky-smooth. Add the bacon, cubed white Cheddar, half of the grated Cheddar, the green onions, and eggs and mix thoroughly.

Butter a 9 by 13-inch casserole with the remaining tablespoon of butter and reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees.

Place the potato mixture in the prepared casserole and top with the remaining grated Cheddar. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until bubbly around the edges and heated through and the cheese on top is melted and lightly golden.

Adapted from Emeril Lagasse



Feb 202013

Scalloped Potatoes

3 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled
4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons shallots, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 cups half & half
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and butter a 9 x 13 glass baking dish.

Slice the potatoes into rounds that are about ⅛ inch thick. Layer half of the potatoes into the baking dish. Sprinkle half of the salt, pepper and cheeses over the potatoes. Layer the remaining half of potatoes, sprinkling with remainder salt, pepper and cheese.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan and saute shallots for about 5 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and stir an additional 1 minute. Stir in half & half and milk. Heat to a simmer then pour over potatoes in the baking dish. The milk mixture should come up to the bottom of the potatoes on the top layer. At this point, add more milk if needed.

Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 1 hour or until top is golden and bubbly. Potatoes can easily be pierced with a fork when done. If the potatoes are browning too fast, cover with foil and continue baking.