…from the Perspectives’ Kitchen
How you doin’? This time of year, I like entertaining from the barbecue. I love serving a special potato side with steaks. There are times when baked potatoes and double stuffed are just not enough. I don’t want to worry about over- holding bakers hot and the mess of dealing with toppings outside on the patio.
At the Assay Office in San Francisco where we had the smallest kitchen in the world, to relieve pressure on service and make it faster, we served these rich, super creamy restaurant style au gratin potatoes with all steak and chop entrees. People gobbled them up fast… so fast we left them wanting more. They were so popular, we sold them in large casserole dishes to go.
When made at home, you’ll find au gratin potatoes are great with most main dishes and as leftovers. Warmed up in the microwave with eggs and bacon the next day, they are a terrific treat. Warning: They’re not dietetic, light or low fat dishes, just great tasting.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 65 minutes
Rest time: 5 minutes
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (to prepare the pan)
3 to 4 russet potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
4 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup grated medium Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
1/4 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
ChefSecret: You can use any fast melting cheeses. I also like to add 2 tablespoons of Blue Cheese to get an extra zing.
Quip of the Day: Q. What’s a potato’s favorite TV show? A. Starch Trek.
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