Potatoes au Gratin?
Mar. 9, 2012 2:20 pm
Updated: Mar. 10, 2012 3:27 pm
It was totally by accident that my spuds came out the way they did... I cannot take credit for a simple mistake!
I had watched a video (from the home page, here at AR,) which resulted in me craving a pan of those lucious looking 'taters! (I'd been out of spuds for a while, which threw me into a homemade pasta kick for a week!
In the past, when making scalloped spuds or the like, I've used a deep casserole dish, rather than a two inch deep baking pan... "What a novel idea," I thought to myself. I'll have to try that next time.
Last evening, I set about peeling and slicing 3 rather large russets. Layering ingredients into the pan the best I could recall, I followed thru the steps, popping the pan into a 350 oven. After checking the baking time, I decided to (gulp...) turn the toaster
oven to "convection," to speed things up a tad. (I "gulp," as in the past I"ve blown a fuse when using this feature!) One thing that I omitted, was the "crumb" topping, which so many cooks seem to love, but alas, neither of us are fans... After about 20
minutes, I checked the pan, to discover that the top seemed to be burning a bit. Not wanting to wreck the entire dish, I switched back to regular baking, and decided to let it ride, until meal time.
When I sat down to my plate of dinner, and bit into a piece of well browned cheese atop some slices of potato, I was stunned! The top layer had indeed browned, but it had crisped up at the same time! It was absolutely fantastic! Too bad that was not intentional...
but now the question comes to mind, will I be able to recreate this the next time I try to make it?
I had paired this up with some leftover pork loin roast... and l/o veggies. On tonight's menu - meatloaf, with l/o potatoes au gratin... only I'm going to spread them out more, and add cheese to the "bare" portions, then back into the convection oven they
will go! I'll simply turn off all electric appliances and lights that I don't really NEED at the time!
So, lo and behold, cookin crazy sometimes pays off! Be happy, be healthy!