|Blue Cheese au Gratin Potatoes|
Blue cheese. It has many uses, and it's very versatile. To be honest, I used to hate it. But that was before I made this scrumptious side dish. Whether you spell it "bleu" or "blue", these creamy spuds are guaranteed to hit the spot. It's a little time consuming, but it's extremely easy and goes well with just about anything. The starch from the potatoes slowly thickens the sauce during baking, so all you have to do is slice, whisk, and bake. I do insist upon using a very particular brand name product (Philadelphia Savory Garlic Cooking Creme), but I am not being paid to do so - it's just an awesome product and this side dish isn't nearly as good without it. Enjoy, my dears. Enjoy.
Chef Madeleine Dee's Blue Cheese au Gratin Potatoes
Serves atleast 8 people, unless they fill their entire plates with potatoes, which they may do
10 medium-sized Yukon gold potatoes, washed and unpeeled
1.5 tsp. salt, divided
1/4 tsp. black pepper
4 oz. crumbled blue cheese
1 container Philadelphia Savory Garlic Cooking Creme
2.5 cups heavy cream
Zest of 2 lemons
Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish
1. Preheat your oven to 375*F and grease a rectangular baking dish with cooking spray. Slice your potatoes thinly and evenly, discarding the ends, then layer them in your greased baking dish and toss them very well with 1 tsp. salt. This will result in well-seasoned and super moist potatoes. Allow them to rest and get to know the salt while you perform the next step.
2. Bring the heavy cream, 1/2 tsp. of salt, the black pepper, and the zest of 2 lemons to a boil in a tall pot on the stove. As soon as this mixture boils and starts to rise, turn off the heat to prevent the cream from boiling over and making a mess.
*If you're watching your sodium, you can omit the 1/2 tsp. of salt here. It won't make your mouth sing as much, but it will still play a beautiful tune on your taste buds.
3. When you turn off the heat, very quickly add in the blue cheese and the Philadelphia Savory Garlic Cooking Creme, whisking until smooth.
4. Pour your smooth, beautiful sauce over the potatoes.
5. Make sure all potatoes are submerged and that they are in an even layer.
6. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and make a small slit in the center of the foil so it can vent a bit while it bakes.
7. Bake for 1 hour at 375*F, then remove the foil and bake at 400*F for another 45 minutes to an hour, or until it's golden brown on top and the potatoes are tender. Let rest for about 10-15 minutes to let the sauce thicken, then serve sprinkled with fresh chopped parlsey.
When finished, it should look like the pictures below.