I can’t believe it! This is my Dad’s scalloped potatoes recipe. He died when I was 11, (I’m 58 now) but one of my fondest memories as a little girl was sitting at our kitchen table together and him teaching me how to make this recipe.
No measurements were used, just peeling and slicing the potatoes and onions and layering in the casserole dish with sprinkled-on flour, small pats of butter, salt and pepper (on each layer), then pouring milk on top just until it peeked through the potatoes at the top. Sometimes he put pork chops on top before baking. Best scalloped potato recipe ever! (Miss you Dad).
The key words in the recipe above is “as needed”–and a bit less always worked for my grandmother, my mother, myself and probably my kids who are also great cooks. A roux works for me too, with a portion of it on each layer, and a bit of extra milk over all. The milk provides the browned skin over all the potato slices. Today, we rarely peel potatoes, and they are most often “organic” so sliced,well-scrubbed, unpeeled but “edited” from zits and eyes, works. To get to au gratin, just cover the dish for the last 20-25 mins. of cooking with your favourite grated cheese mixture. Hey, works for us!
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