I don't know what I was thinking, but I filled the monster big roasting pan about half-way full of scalloped potatoes... with cheese.... for about 12 adults.
And it wasn't like the only thing we were eating on Easter Sunday, either.
Oh my stars, it was a lot of potatoes, but you know what? Scalloped potatoes are one of those dishes folks around here like to warm up the day after.... and kind of like Thanksgiving turkey, the day after that, too!
So here's the monster sized recipe and feel free to cut in half... or quarters.... Or just buy one of those funny boxes of dried potatoes. :)
Au Gratin Scalloped Potatoes
7 lbs. potatoes, peeled, washed and sliced thin (This is where I love my Cuisinart food processor!)
1 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
6-8 cups milk (I used 7, I like my casserole a little moister.)
1 onion chopped small
1 1/2 lbs. ham or cooked pork, chopped
2 Tablespoons granulated garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Melt butter in large saucepan or Dutch oven. Whisk in flour. Add milk, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Heat over medium heat until mixture almost boils and thickens. Add cheese.
Let cheese melt. Remove from heat.
Spray bottom and sides of large roasting pan. Pour enough cheese sauce to cover bottom. Layer about a 1/3 inch of potatoes over sauce. Sprinkle with ham.
Repeat until all potatoes and sauce are used up. Cover tightly and bake at 400 degrees for about two hours... or at a lower temperature for a longer time. Now that sounds funny, but I slow-baked them at 275 for about 3 hours (pretending they were in a slow cooker), then 400 degrees for the last hour and they came out great.
And then of course it was busy and Easter and I forgot to take a final picture! But it was delicious and crowd-pleasing.....
And we had a great Easter egg hunt.... and wonderful desserts.... triple berry cheesecake and coconut cake (1/2 chocolate, 1/2 white, I think I'll call it "DIVERSITY" Cake! :) and apple nut strudel....
The links to those recipes are right there for you!
And we had cupcakes for the littles, decorated by MacKenzie!
And Logan wanted you to know that he kept busy, too... building cool transforming creatures out of Legos:
And we're making bathroom progress! Yay! Tub #4 was the lucky tub!!!!
It's in and tiling is being done and the floor is poured.... over the heated wire.... and then the floor goes in tomorrow!
Oh, happy days!!!!!
That's the original corner beam of the house, we're leaving it exposed for interest' sake....
And a wall, almost ready for painting and wainscoting....
The first tile and a soap box..... Sweet!!!!
We're getting there. And we're so excited.
So that's it from the farm. Crazy windy today, power outages, downed trees, but we got to celebrate a 10 year old grandson's birthday.... and have cake.... and welcome six brand new baby kitties to the farm on Holy Saturday... more on them later!
Have a cuppa on the house... and so glad you could stop by!