Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of thinly sliced Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • A pinch of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups of a flavorful sharp cheddar and Gruyère cheese blend, grated
  • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh chives or parsley for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×9-inch (23×23 cm) baking dish with a touch of butter or cooking spray.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour and let it cook for a minute, allowing it to turn a pale golden color.
  3. Gradually pour in the cold milk while continuing to whisk. Stir until the mixture thickens and becomes smooth. This should take about 5-7 minutes. Season the sauce with sea salt and a pinch of smoked paprika for a subtle smoky flavor. Add a hint of freshly ground white pepper for a gentle kick.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in 1 cup of the grated cheddar and Gruyère cheese blend until it’s wonderfully melted and the sauce is velvety.
  5. Arrange half of the thinly sliced Yukon Gold potatoes in the prepared baking dish.
  6. Pour half of the creamy cheese sauce over the first layer of potatoes, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  7. Place the remaining potato slices on top, creating a lovely second layer.
  8. Pour the remaining cheese sauce over the potatoes, making sure they are well covered in the delicious sauce.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of the cheddar and Gruyère cheese blend along with the grated Parmesan cheese over the top, creating a delightful cheesy crust.
  10. For a touch of color and flavor, sprinkle a pinch of smoked paprika evenly over the cheese.
  11. Bake the potato casserole, uncovered, in the preheated oven for approximately 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbly, and the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
  12. Remove from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with freshly chopped chives or parsley for a burst of freshness and color.

Indulge in the creamy, cheesy goodness of this delectable potato bake – it’s the perfect side dish for any occasion. Enjoy!

photo source : justcookwell.com

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