Monday, February 23, 2015

Fast & Easy Potato Gratin

I've mentioned before that I have an amazing group of friends and family that support me and Lorelei; without them I would be belly up in 2.2 seconds. One of my biggest supporters is my dear friend Heidi.

Last week Heidi was having a terribly difficult day. Long, crappy story short, I knew she would really appreciate me and Lorelei showing up with dinner for us all. So I decided to give my darling Hobey a hand.

We stopped at the store, picked up a roasted chicken, two bottles of wine (one to share and one to leave for her to enjoy once L and I were gone for the night), then swung home, got some broccoli, and fixin's for a potato gratin.

Remember when I told you about my true love? Well, I'm cheating on the side. I don't have a picture 'cause we need to keep it on the DL; let's suffice to say that my side project can slice, dice, purée, and chop with the best of 'em.

Anyhoo, I pulled out my food processor (yeah, yeah, the jig is up!) and sliced three medium potatoes

ZING, ZANG, ZOOM!!

 I threw in a quarter of a yellow onion

RRROOOOOWWWW!


Flipped the slicer to the cheese grater side and knocked out two giant chucks of cheddar

BUZZZZ! BUZZZZZZ!

Threw it all in a square Pyrex dish and topped with shredded Parmesan.

SPRINKLE. SPRINKLE.

Then I covered the dish in foil, threw a bottle of cream, a stick of butter, and the broccoli in a paper sack, texted Heidi to set her oven to 450º, shuffled my now-PJ clad kiddo into the car and left.

Once we got there, I scattered bits of butter around the potato dish (2-3 tbsp.) then poured in some cream (about a 1/4 of a cup.) I covered it with the foil and baked for 15 minutes, then uncovered it to let it brown in the oven for another 10 minutes, or until it was golden brown.

I'll tell ya, it was tasty and definitely the sort of comfort food we all needed.


Ingredients

3 medium potatoes, washed but un-pealed, and thinly sliced uniformly. I used Yukon Gold
1/4 yellow onion, sliced
1/4 lb. Cheddar cheese
2 tbsp shredded Parmesan
2-3 tbsp butter
1/4 cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 450º. Place the potatoes in a semi-orderly fashion around a baking dish so that the they will cook evenly. Add the sliced onion in the same manner. Sprinkle the cheeses on top, then dollop the butter and add the cream. Bake for 15 minutes covered, then remove the cover to let brown for another 10 minutes, or until golden.

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