Cheesy Potatoes

Ok, this following recipe is mostly a side dish, but I have eaten it as a main dish with a salad on busy days.  I often make this dish on the weekend because it's one of Mr. Man's favorite comfort foods.  As I was browsing through The Pioneer Woman's recipes, I stumbled upon this easy and quick dish.  It has a few of my favorite things...cream, cheese, and more cheese...just perfect for a chilly weekend!


I added the flour, minced garlic, a generous amount of salt (you have to penetrate the potatoes), pepper, half & half (instead of heavy cream), and fat free milk (instead of whole) in a separate bowl.  I love these glass prep bowls from Williams Sonoma...



I greased the pan as directed, but as usual, I deviated from the original recipe by peeling the skin off the potatoes...



I added the chopped potatoes to the greased pan...



I added the mixture to the potatoes...



I covered the pan with foil and placed it in the preheated oven at 400 degrees.  I kept it in the oven more than the suggested time, and removed the foil as directed.  I placed it back in the oven for another 20-25 minutes.  After that time was complete, I shredded some sharp cheddar cheese....and a little leftover parmesan on top.



I placed it back in the oven for about 5-10 minutes or until melted...



For this following meal, I accompanied the "cheesy potatoes" with my panko-crusted shrimp...



The potatoes, which I combined with leftover frozen peas, were accompanied with panko-crusted pork tenderloin...



I prepared these potatoes on New Year's Eve for Mr. Man, topped with parsley...perfect with champagne!



Enjoy this simple recipe by The Pioneer Woman and make it your own...
http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/01/perfect-potatoes-au-gratin/

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