Lightened-up Potatoes Au Gratin

Do you have the joy/terror of hosting Easter this year?

I hosted for the first time ever last year, and we had a blast.  Since my friends and I don’t have family close-by, and do not have the luxury of time off around the holiday, we decided to get together at my once-large apartment.  I was in Heaven:  cooking for a ton of people?  Hosting a dinner party?  YAY!

… But I never hosted a holiday party before. Man, my mom never let that stress show!  If the turkey didn’t come out (I really am not a ham person, so I went with a bird), you have a lot of super disappointed (and homesick) friends on your hands.  But, we had a blast, and ate way too much.  It was awesome.

This year, nor any time soon for that matter, I do not plan to host anything, given that my apartment can fit inside a Yaris.  In the meantime, I will be resorting to rocking my friends’ parties with a super side dish.

What’s your favorite Easter food?  Besides rolls, which are my favorite at any holiday, it has to be the cheesy, creamy, amazing potatoes au gratin.  I think that’s French for “you’re heart attack starts at the end of this bite.”  I had a ton of feta in my fridge, so I gave a go with a super flavorful, lighter-fat recipe I came across a long time ago.  It was amazing.  I still love the Parm/cheddar ridiculousness that Mom makes, but I will definitely be serving this up!  Enjoy 🙂

Materials:

  • two pots (one large, one medium)
  • a baking dish
  • mixing spoon
  • large bowl with icy water (for an ice bath)
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • cooking spray
  • cutting board and knife OR mandolin

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium-large potatoes
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/2 c flour (any kind)
  • 2 c milk (I used low fat)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 c feta cheese
  • minced garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper to taste
  • panko to taste (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 385 degrees.  Grease your baking dish well with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. Boil your potatoes in well-salted water for about 10-12 minutes.   FullSizeRender
  3. After 10-12 minutes, throw your potatoes (use tongs or an oven mitt) into an ice bath and allow them to cool enough to touch.
  4. While your potatoes are doing their thing, throw together your cheese sauce:
    1. Melt butter in your medium pot.
    2. Stir in flour, milk, and seasonings.  Cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes.FullSizeRender
    3. Stir in feta cheese.  Turn heat to medium-low, and allow to thicken for a couple of minutes.FullSizeRenderFullSizeRender
  5. When your potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut into very thin slices (about 1/8″ or 1/4″).FullSizeRenderFullSizeRender
  6. Arrange half your slices in an even layer in your baking dish.  cover with half of your cheese sauce.FullSizeRender
  7. Repeat with another layer of potatoes, and the rest of your cheese sauce.
  8. Sprinkle panko, extra cheese, pepper, anything else you want to throw on that cheesy goodness.FullSizeRender
  9. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the potatoes are soft and creamy, and the top is golden brown (may be dark in some spots, since feta has a high water content).FullSizeRender
  10. Enjoy!FullSizeRender

Lightened-up Potatoes Au Gratin

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: medium
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Materials:

  • two pots (one large, one medium)
  • a baking dish
  • mixing spoon
  • large bowl with icy water (for an ice bath)
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • cooking spray
  • cutting board and knife OR mandolin

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium-large potatoes
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/2 c flour (any kind)
  • 2 c milk (I used low fat)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 c feta cheese
  • minced garlic, rosemary, and pepper to taste (optional)
  • panko to taste (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 385 degrees.  Grease your baking dish well with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. Boil your potatoes in well-salted water for about 10-12 minutes.
  3. After 10-12 minutes, throw your potatoes (use tongs or an oven mitt) into an ice bath and allow them to cool enough to touch.
  4. While your potatoes are doing their thing, throw together your cheese sauce:
    1. Melt butter in your medium pot.
    2. Stir in flour, milk, and seasonings.  Cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes.
    3. Stir in feta cheese.  Turn heat to medium-low, and allow to thicken for a couple of minutes.
  5. When your potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut into very thin slices (about 1/8″ or 1/4″).
  6. Arrange half your slices in an even layer in your baking dish.  cover with half of your cheese sauce.
  7. Repeat with another layer of potatoes, and the rest of your cheese sauce.
  8. Sprinkle panko, extra cheese, pepper, anything else you want to throw on that cheesy goodness.
  9. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the potatoes are soft and creamy, and the top is golden brown (may be dark in some spots, since feta has a high water content).
  10. Enjoy!

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