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Scalloped Potatoes
Total 1 hour and 5 minutes
Active 15 mins
Makes 6 to 8 servings
When we were dating, Chip would often say that there are about five foods that he really, really loves, and one of them is scalloped potatoes. The sliced potatoes make this a pretty dish, and the cream and cheese mixture tastes like heaven. When we serve steak for dinner and I don’t have much time for sides, I’ll make mashed potatoes, but anytime I have a few extra minutes, I like to make this one especially for Chip.
Ingredients
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus softened butter for the baking dish
    • Kosher salt
    • 6 medium russet potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds), scrubbed, 3 potatoes peeled, and all cut into 1/4-inch crosswise slices
    • 6 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 2 cups heavy cream
    • 1 cup milk
    • 8 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/2 cup minced chives, for garnish
    Directions
    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
    2. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a rolling boil. Add the potatoes and simmer until just tender but not falling apart, about 8 minutes. Drain thoroughly and set aside.
    3. In a medium saucepan, melt the 6 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté over medium-low until softened and fragrant, about 30 seconds. Increase the heat to medium, whisk in the flour, and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.
    4. Whisking constantly, slowly pour in the cream and milk and continue whisking until the sauce is smooth. Add the Gruyère, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the pepper and cook, whisking gently, until the cheese is melted.
    5. Arrange the potatoes in the prepared baking dish and pour the sauce over them. Bake until warmed all the way through and lightly browned on top, 25 to 35 minutes. Top with the chives and serve.
    6. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a preheated 300°F oven.