Weekend Cuisine: Au Gratin Potatoes.

This dish is a delight for those of us who love potatoes in whatever form, and love cheese too. This is quite a rich dish, boiling potatoes in butter, milk/cream then bake with cheese and breadcrumbs. Ooh the lusciousness and decadence of it all is what makes it a great comfort food, but also a dish you do not make every other day as it is quite rich.

Ingredient: 2 kg potatoes peeled cleaned and sliced thinly, a pinch of white pepper, 2 cups of aged gouda cheese, 2 tbsp unsalted butter, 2cups milk, 2 cups full fresh creamy diced onion, pinch of nutmeg. 2 tbsp seasoned breadcrumbs.

Slice your potatoes thinly. Grease your baking dish with a little butter and set aside.

Heat your saucepan, add butter and add the onions and cook till they are soft.
Add your milk and cream, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat.
Add your sliced potatoes to this mixture, add in your seasoning and the spices.

Let the mixture simmer gently for about eight to ten minutes, the potatoes will soften a bit but be keen so it doesn’t burn at the bottom.

At this time you can also preheat your oven at 160°C.

Add the mixture in layers onto the baking dish. start with a bit of sauce, then potatoes sprinkle a bit of the cheese and so on, then pour the remaining sauce on top and some cheese too.

Set aside a bit of the cheese for later.

Cover the dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix the cheese you set aside with some seasoned breadcrumbs, about 2 tbsp. Sprinkle this on the potato mixture and return to oven at top rack and let broil for about 10 minutes.

Let the dish stand for 15 minutes before serving.
Serve with steamed vegetables to counter the richness of the dish. And please season your vegetables with a splash of lemon juice just before serving. It goes so well together. Trust me on this.
Clearly the dish was a hit!

So, what are your waiting for? Try it and enjoy this decadent creamy and cheesy awesomeness with your family.

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