One of my favorite things about fall, other than the cooler weather of course, is all the comfort food dishes that come with that cooler weather. Soups, stews, casseroles and more all make their way back into our dinner rotation and for a happy stomach. One of the foods I like to have on hand for a comfort food dish on a whim are potatoes. You can do so many things with them, and without having to thaw anything out or go to the store at the last minute.
At the top of our favorite comfort potato dishes is scalloped potatoes. I love them because they are very versatile and can be a great side dish or even a main and one-dish meal with the addition of a couple ingredients. The boyfriend really loves this dish and has been bugging me for months to make it. As much as I love scalloped potatoes, I didn’t love how long they took to make with all the peeling, chopping and time at the stove. However, BuyDig.com recently sent me a 14-cup Cuisinart Food Processor to review, so I had no excuse to not make one of our favorite dishes! As you can see from the above picture, the food processor saved me a LOT of time by shredding the cheese and slicing the potatoes and onions in just a couple minutes each, and at the perfect size. Here’s my recipe for creamy, cheesey and slightly rich scalloped potatoes. Note that I had large potatoes I needed to use up and had close to 6-7 cups and we like ours super creamy, so I doubled the sauce recipe for those pictured.
If you’re not familiar with a roux here’s what it should look like:
Once you have melted the butter and added the flour and seasonings, you should whisk until the mixture is thickened and a blonde color, kind of like canned cream of chicken.
Then once you add the dairy, you want to whisk until the mixture thickens back up and resembles a gravy. You know it’s thick enough when you can dip the spoon in and run your finger down the back and not have the sauce fill the line from your finger like so:
The end product…browned cheesy yumminess. It doesn’t get much better than that in my book!