like most others have stated, this recipe as it is given is very bland but there are many remedies as suggested by others that make it fab-o!! i will do my best to summarize them all so others behind me don't have to sift through hundreds of reviews...
1.) boil the potatoes for 5 mins beforehand to reduce the cooking time in half
2.) make a roux of the sauce rather than pouring ingredients directly on top. roux is made by mixing flour, butter and milk into sauce pan on medium heat. then add seasonings as you like.
3.) use seasonings to make this recipe really pop. i used 2 cloves garlic, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp celery salt, 1 tbsp chopped onions, a pinch of thyme, a pinch of rosemary, 2 pinches of parsley, 2 pinches of oregano. then at the very last second when the roux was simmering nicely, i added 1/4 cup of shaved parmesan cheese.
4.) once you drain the potatoes, place one layer in the bottom of a 9x13 glass casserole dish, then drizzle 1/3 of the sauce on top. repeat for 2 more layers.
5.) cook covered at 425 degF until the sauce boils and then remov cover and cook at 350 degF for 30 mins.
6.) to get the top of the potatoes browned, you may need to broil them for 5 additional minutes (depending on your oven's cooking capabilities).
7.) voila - enjoy!!!
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like most others have stated, this recipe as it is given is very bland but there are many...