An easy cheesy potatoes recipe which is hard to beat!
Cheesy spuds just might be the ultimate comfort food! Easy, cheap and pretty healthy, too - especially if you are using organic ingredients.
Have a look at this French-ish recipe for baked potatoes and cheese with or without garlic.
This is a cheesy potatoes recipe which is very easy to make and very versatile. It's also delicious and, done well, can stand up to being brought out at dinner parties.
Cheesy potatoes can be so delicious, especially made with organic home grown spuds - a great treat for dark autumn evenings. This recipe is a kissing cousin of "Gratin Duphinoise", the traditional French recipe.
All the ingredients can be modified - even the potatoes.
Replace the cream with yogurt or cream cheese. You can even make this with soya milk or with sour milk. Use up slightly sour cream, too.
If you are on a low-fat diet or you want to reduce the calories in this recipe, try using a tasty vegetable stock with little or no cream or milk.
Parsley is tasty, as is a little rosemary.
The onions and garlic are optional but in my opinion garlic potatoes always have the edge and make a dish very tasty.
Any kind of potato can be used in this cheesy potatoes recipe. Desiree is good, or Maris Piper but really it does not matter. Waxy potatoes perhaps have the edge over floury ones, which are better if you are making mashed potatoes.
You can use a proportion of sweet potatoes in the mix.
You can also add a few seasonal veg to the mix if you like. A few sliced tomatoes on the top are nice.
This is one of those recipes which can be varied time and again to produce a slightly novel dish.
You can add a lid for a more succulent version of this cheesy potatoes recipe, or you can leave the lid off and end up with a crispy topping.
Done well, you should get a dish which has something of both - lovely moist rich potatoes with crispy edges and bronzed cheese. Mmmm.
There are lots of inventive potato recipes in Potatoes: More than Mashed
There are lots of pictures showing step by step how each recipe is done and there are recipes from all over the world.
Cheese croquettes are an easy cheesy potatoes recipe for using up left-over mashed or boiled potatoes. Here's how to make them.
Chop the raw onion finely and add to the mashed potatoes.
Grate in a little hard cheese. Add in a little flour to help the mixture bind. Mix well. Use two spoons to extract a rounded lump of the mixture. Drop it into the beaten egg yolks and roll it about until it is well covered.
Now roll the croquette in the breadcrumbs, so that it is lightly covered.
Fry the croquette in a little oil. Turn frequently to prevent burning. Give the croquettes plenty of room so they are less likely to disintegrate. I find it helps to press them down so that they are not too thick - that way they cook better with less oil. They take about 10 minutes to cook.
Serve them hot with a nice healthy salad to salve your conscience for an otherwise fat-laden dish!
Making the breadcrumbs at home
You can make suitable breadcrumbs by leaving bread slices in the bottom of the oven when you cook something else. Take them out when they are crisp and dry and roll them in a clean cloth with a rolling pin. Store them in an air-tight jar until wanted.
This works best when the item you are cooking does not need a high temperature.
Another easy cheesy potatoes recipe:
This is a simple Spanish way to roast potatoes.
Prepare a sauce from the onions, garlic, tomatoes, tomato puree, paprika, salt and pepper. First sweat the onions in a tablespoonful of oil over a low heat. Then add the other ingredients and cook for a few minutes. Set aside.
Cube the potatoes and pat dry. Heat a little oil in a shallow tray in the oven until it is good and hot (gas mark 6 or 7). Add salt if you like for a crisper, tastier result.
Tip the cubed potatoes into the hot oil. Roast them until cooked, turning occasionally to make sure they cook evenly. They will take around 30 minutes or more, depending on the size you cube them and the variety of potato.
If you want to use anchovies for a stronger flavour, just chop them finely and pulp them into the oil used for roasting the potatoes.
Serve the patatas bravas as a side dish or starter. Spoon the sauce on top and add salad on the side. Garnish with parsley or coriander leaves.
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