Monday, May 12, 2008

Old Rotten Potatoes

Kids are so cute. When my son was little, there were some things that I would say that he would misinterpret. Like the time I told him that our landlady lived in Deepwater (a small town about 20 miles away). He got this horrified look on his face and said "Oh, no, Mama, she can't!". I asked him why not. "She would drown" was the answer I got.

Then there was the time when, after his first week of kindergarten was over, I woke him up on Monday morning to get up and get ready for school. He said - "You mean I gotta go back???" I could tell then and there it was going to be a long 12 years! He did, however, come out of that and was on the honor roll most of his high school years.

I do indeed miss him when he is not around, but I am not sure about having him back for the summer! Ah, well, I will survive.

Today I am going to give you the recipe for another misinterpretation - Old Rotten Potatoes (You should have seen the horrified look I got on this one!). . . AKA . . .

Au Gratin Potatoes
Serves 6

8 medium-to-large potatoes, peeled and sliced thickly
1/2 medium onion
1 Tablespoon butter

Parboil potatoes for about 20 minutes or so. Meanwhile, in small skillet over LOW heat, saute onion until caramelized. Set aside.

Put potatoes in a greased casserole dish.

Cheese sauce:
3 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons flour
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup milk grated cheese or diced processed cheese (Velveeta)
Salt to taste
Dash of paprika
Small pinch of cayenne pepper
Small pinch of dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour and let it brown, stirring constantly. SLOWLY pour in milk, stir until starting to thicken. Stir in cheese and spices; continue stirring until cheese has fully melted and sauce is thickened.


Pour sauce over potatoes and top with onions. Bake for around 20 minutes or so, until browned a bit and bubbly. Serve forth with love.


Have a great sunshiny day today! Let's not misinterpret each other!


Sylvie said...

I love the stuff kids come out with!

Jan said...

Kids are funny!
I like the sound of the cheese and mustard with potatoes....Mmmm yum

nicisme said...

You've gotta love 'em!

Sue said...

I've never met a potato that I didn't like. I will have to try this recipe Raquel as it sounds yummy.

Marie said...

Out of the mouths of babes eh! I love au Gratin potatoes.