counter create hit

If there’s a potato method I’m a sucker for, it’s definitely this one.

Introduction

Scalloped potatoes, a dish that brings comfort and warmth to any table, has its origins deeply rooted in French cuisine, where it is known as gratin Dauphinois. Traditionally, this dish is baked, but I’ve taken the liberty to adapt it for the slow cooker. This adaptation ensures it fits perfectly into our busy lives while still providing that slow-cooked taste and tenderness. Adding garlic and cheddar brings a boldness to the recipe, combining the creamy texture of the potatoes with sharp and aromatic flavors that delight the palate. Perfect for those seeking a side dish that is both delicious and straightforward, these garlic cheddar scalloped potatoes are a must-try.

This dish pairs wonderfully with a variety of mains: from roasted meats, such as beef or chicken, to a simple green salad for a lighter meal. The richness of the potatoes is beautifully complemented by the savory notes of roasted vegetables or even a fresh, crisp side salad to balance the meal.

Garlic Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Serving Size: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs of Yukon Gold potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup of chicken or vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme, chopped (optional for garnish)

Directions

Step 1: Prepare the Potatoes

Start by layering half of the sliced potatoes in the bottom of a slow cooker. This creates a solid base for the other ingredients and ensures even cooking.

Step 2: Add the Onions and Garlic

Next, add a layer of half the onions and garlic, sprinkling lightly with salt and pepper. The onions and garlic will infuse the potatoes with a rich, aromatic flavor as they cook.

Step 3: Add the Cheese

Sprinkle half of the grated cheddar cheese over the onions and garlic. This layer of cheese will melt into the potatoes, adding a creamy, cheesy texture.

Step 4: Repeat the Layers

Repeat the layering process with the remaining potatoes, onions, garlic, and cheese. This ensures that every bite is filled with the delicious combination of potatoes, onions, garlic, and cheese.

Step 5: Prepare the Cream Mixture

In a small bowl, mix the heavy cream and broth together. This mixture will create a rich, creamy sauce that ties all the ingredients together. Pour this mixture over the layered potatoes in the slow cooker.

Step 6: Cook the Potatoes

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, until the potatoes are tender. The slow cooking process allows the flavors to meld together and the potatoes to become perfectly tender.

Step 7: Garnish and Serve

Once cooked, if desired, sprinkle with fresh thyme for garnish before serving. The fresh thyme adds a pop of color and a hint of herbal flavor that complements the richness of the dish.

Variations & Tips

Lighter Version

For a lighter version, replace heavy cream with half-and-half or a mix of milk and a tablespoon of flour to maintain creaminess. This reduces the overall calorie count while still providing a creamy texture.

See also  Comforts in Crockpot Chicken and Noodles

Cheese Variations

Feel free to experiment with different types of cheese. A mix of cheddar and Gruyère adds a wonderful depth of flavor. Gruyère’s nutty taste pairs beautifully with the sharpness of cheddar.

Adding Bacon

Adding a layer of cooked, crumbled bacon between the potato layers infuses the dish with a smoky richness that’s hard to beat. Bacon lovers will appreciate the extra depth of flavor.

Adding Spice

For those who love a hint of spice, a diced jalapeño or a dash of cayenne pepper can be added to the cream mixture for an extra kick. This adds a subtle heat that balances the richness of the cheese and cream.

Preventing Discoloration

To prevent the potatoes from discoloring, keep them submerged in cold water after slicing until ready to layer in the slow cooker. Just be sure to drain them well before adding them to the slow cooker. This ensures the potatoes retain their fresh, light color.

Tips for Perfect Scalloped Potatoes

  • Uniform Slicing: Ensure the potatoes are sliced uniformly to ensure even cooking. A mandoline slicer can be very helpful for this task.
  • Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh garlic and freshly grated cheese for the best flavor.
  • Low and Slow: Cooking on low heat for a longer period allows the flavors to meld together beautifully and the potatoes to become perfectly tender.

FAQs

Can I use a different type of potato?

Yes, you can use other types of potatoes, such as Russet or Red potatoes. However, Yukon Gold potatoes are recommended for their creamy texture and buttery flavor.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the dish and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking. Just make sure to cover it well to prevent the potatoes from discoloring.

Can I freeze scalloped potatoes?

Yes, you can freeze scalloped potatoes. Allow the dish to cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

How do I reheat leftovers?

Reheat leftovers in the oven at 350°F (175°C) until heated through, or microwave individual portions for a quicker option.

What can I serve with scalloped potatoes?

Scalloped potatoes pair well with roasted meats like beef, chicken, or pork. They also complement a simple green salad or roasted vegetables for a balanced meal.

Conclusion

This garlic cheddar scalloped potato recipe is designed to offer both ease and deliciousness in one dish. Whether you’re looking for a comforting side to complement your main or simply exploring ways to elevate your potato game, this recipe promises to deliver on both counts. Enjoy the creamy, cheesy goodness and the flexibility to adapt the recipe to your taste preferences.