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Smokey, cheesey scalloped potatoes

 
smokey cheese scalloped potatoes

I had not made Scalloped Potatoes in literally years but have had this craving for them lately. I was trying to remember how I even did this, how much of what to put into them! So I google searched it and got some great ideas but added my own 'twist' to them.

Ingredients:

potatoes/thinly sliced of what kind, your choice
1/2 or 1 medium onion chopped
bacon cut up into small bits(I get natural, uncured bacon myself)
flour (I use organic)
salt (sea salt)
pepper
Smoked Paprika
cheddar cheese (or other types) 1 1/2 cups (also I get organic)
milk (heated up)(organic,no hormone stuff)
butter (several bits cut up, about 3 T)(real butter, organic, not that fake stuff)

Heat oven to 375 degrees, I used a 13x9 inch pan but that would depend upon how much you are making. I sprayed the pan with Olive Oil spray

This takes a lot of prep time, slicing up the potatoes but I sliced up the bacon first to get that cooking, and the onions that went in after the bacon was crisp, so that was all ready to go.

Then I sliced up the potatoes, by hand, I leave the skins on and they are scrubbed good but that is your choice. I put that all in a bowl to grab out of when assembling the dish.

Then the cheese was all shredded, ready also. I put the milk in a saucepan at this time on medium so as not to burn it but get it nicely warm. That helps in the cooking time so it is not cold to start with.

Assembling: I did two layers but some recipes call for one or even three, I did have a bit of potatoes left over which I just froze up for future use.

I lined up rows of the sliced potatoes as you can see, like little dominos leaning on each other. Then I sprinkled a little salt, pepper and Smoked Paprika on that. Then came the bits of cooked bacon and onion (which I had drained of oil very well before hand). Next, the pats of butter, sprinkled a bit of flour over that, then half of the warmed milk and then cheddar cheese.

Then I did the next layer the same way. I sprinkled more of the Smoked Paprika on top for more flavor. Then I covered it with foil and put into the oven for 30 minutes, then took off the foil and heated further for 15 minutes, it turned out just right!

I noticed in some people's recipes, they make a white sauce with the ingredients in it and pour that all over the potatoes and that is probably just as good, I just have always done it this way and maybe next time I will try it the other way.

It is soooo yummy, I have to admit we just kept sampling it until I had to cover it up and put it in the frig for another night! Then I just put a bit of water into the pan and popped back into the oven, covered, on low, starting at 200 and working up to 300, checking to see if it was hot, not wanting to burn it and then we got to have our way with it again!....and just as yummy as the night before!

I hope you enjoy!

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