Helen's Cheesy Potatoes

Fran Miller

By
@TchrLdy71

Helen was a friend of my parents, the kind of friend who would show up with food & sympathy for sad occasions or food & happiness for joyous occasions. One dish she often brought for any occasion was her Cheesy Potatoes. Her original recipe called for 4x every ingredient, put into a LARGE roaster and baked for 60-90 minutes. I'm quartering her recipe for the average family. The cheese sauce also makes a delicious baked mac & cheese with 1/2 pound of cooked pasta. Halving the cheese sauce would give you the perfect amount for broccoli & cheese. Thanks, Helen. I remember your love. =^..^=


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Serves:

8

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

2 1/2 lb
red-skinned potatoes, scrubbed
2 Tbsp
butter or margarine
2 Tbsp
flour
1 c
milk
1 tsp
salt
8 oz
shredded cheddar cheese
more
milk

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Earlier in the day, or the night before, cook the potatoes in a pot of water until just done. (I use red-skinned potatoes so I don't have to peel, but if you use regular potatoes, cook them with their skins on, then peel the skins off right before slicing them.) Drain & cool completely. Refrigerate, if cooking them the night before.
2
When it's time to put the dish together, slice the potatoes into a cooking-sprayed 13 x 9" pan. (This photo shows regular potatoes with their peels removed before slicing into the baking dish.)
3
To make the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour with a whisk. Add the milk & salt and continue stirring constantly. Cook until the sauce is hot and starts to thicken. Remove from heat.
4
Stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until melted. Slowly add additional milk while stirring, until the cheese sauce is thinned to the desired consistency.
5
Pour the cheese sauce over the sliced potatoes, covering completely. Using a spoon, lift up potatoes from the bottom so the sauce will run down. (If the cheese sauce is too thick, just pour a little bit of milk over the potatoes and don't worry about it. They'll still turn out fine after baking.)
6
Bake at 350 degrees F. for around 25 minutes, until the dish is bubbly in the middle and the cheese on the top looks done.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Potatoes
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #cheese, #cheesy, #augratin