Scalloped potatoes! When I look at pictures of them, they just remind me of a summer barbecue! I know I have already mentioned how much my family ate potatoes growing up - all the time. So much that I wrote my Grade 8 speech about potatoes - and all the ways that you can eat them. I think it was pretty hilarious, at the time and thinking back on it too!
Speeches were NOT something I enjoyed, at all. I remember getting my first "B" in Grade 4 on my speech about my family vacation (camping in Algonquin Park). It was gut wrenching for me! The following year I did a demonstration on how to make chocolate chip cookies, which I loved because I felt like I had my own cooking show. Grade 6 was all about highland dancing, and I wore my Kilt to school.
So happy I have a mandolin! Made this job way easier :)
Grade 7 took a turn with the ozone layer, and I went even more downhill in Grade 8 with the topic of "potatoes". I think I sort of gave up to be honest!! "Potatoes" as the topic was my mum's idea. She probably mentioned it half seriously but I jumped on it! The first minute was an act of memorization - I listed 100 potato dishes, sort of like the shrimp scene on Forrest Gump. I figured this was a great way to eat up a portion of the 3 minute minimum presentation (which felt like eternity when I was 14!). I don't think anyone could have predicted that I would still be talking about the ways to eat potatoes 15 years later!
2 lbs potatoes, peeled
1 large onion, thinly slices
salt & pepper
3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour
2 cups 2% or whole milk
1 cup white cheddar cheese, grated (optional)
Slice potatoes thinly and layer with onions, salting and peppering each layer, in a shallow 8 inch (2 L) casserole.
Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in milk and heat, stirring just until tiny bubbles from around sides of pan. Remove from heat and add cheese. Stir until melted and smooth.
Pour sauce over potatoes and bake for 1 hour at 400°F. Sauce will thicken as it bakes.
Note: I modified this recipe by adding some cheese. It is delicious with or without! I also sprinkled paprika on top for a nice dark look :)
Makes 6 servings
*Recipe modified from The Farm and City Cookbook