Monday, January 19, 2009

Scalloped Potatoes

The Lord of the Manor requested meat loaf and scalloped potatoes for dinner last night. And it was darn good, too. I thought I'd share this recipe for scalloped potatoes. Actually, it's not much of a recipe, it's more of a guide.Gather together a 9"x13" pan, about 10 potatoes, a cube of butter, a quart of milk, flour, salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Peel and cut the potatoes uniformly about 1/8" thick.

Lay 1/3 of the potatoes in the pan, sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons flour, salt, lots of pepper, and dabs of butter. Make two more layers like that. Keep the potatoes down about 1/2" from the top of the pan otherwise they will overflow and make a huge mess in the oven.
When all three layers are done, pour milk in the pan until it comes just to the bottom of the final layer of potatoes. It will hold quite a bit of milk, but don't bring it up over the potatoes, or it make a huge mess in the oven.

Did you notice how the bottom layer was all messy and this layer is all neat? That's because I put all the end slices on the bottom and save the uniform middle slices for the next two layers. Weird, huh? But I just can't help myself. I like it to look neat when it's done.

See the milk there just at the bottom of the potatoes? Perfect! That's where it should be so it doesn't make a huge mess in the oven.

Now bake at 350 for about an hour and a half until it looks like this. These are so good and so easy. Go make some. Then go clean your oven because no matter what you do they always seem to make a huge mess in the oven. But they're worth it.


Anonymous said...

i LOVE a guide/recipe that not only tells what to do or not to do and WHY! L O L> so funny. and so worth having to clean the oven! jkj

Neabear said...

Would it work to put aluminum foil on the bottom to catch the mess?

travelbug said...

YUM!! I think I'll make those tomorrow, but halve the recipe.

And by the way, the photo of Teen2 helping Dad is a hoot!!


tam said...

YUM! Thanks for the wonderful recipe! have a terrific Tuesday!~Smiles~Tam!