Do you have a favorite combination of ingredients toward which you gravitate?
Have you tried them in a scalloped potato dish?
A scalloped potato dish is a great dish that if you plan well, it can enhance more than one meal throughout the week, and it is the perfect dish in which you can incorporate more than one of your favorite ingredients.
This time I decided to use a bag of colorful peppers that I was gifted to prepare a scalloped potatoe dish because I thought it was the fastest way to use the peppers. We ate it over several days, and it was delicious every time.
I have not tried this recipe with a milk substitute but I think that if you do the only difference would probably be the consistency of the sauce. The potatoes will still cook nicely, and the flavor profile will depend on the ingredients and the spices used.
This brings me to the premise of my post. You can create any flavor profile that you wish with this dish. I love to use mushrooms and peppers, but have used asparagus, beets, zuchini, etc…and you can use any combination of spices as well. You can add curry or siracha, you are in control! Infinite possibilites to create varied dishes with a simple process.
This recipe was used as a side dish, but it could have been made into a main course if I had added ham, chicken or sausage.
By incorporating the right combination of ingredients, this can easily be made into a vegeterian, or vegan dish as well.
You can also control the calories by using 1% milk or a milk substutute, and omit the optional ingredients. This recipe already contains less flour and oil than most traditional recipes. What makes this a great dish is the combination of flavorful ingredients and making it healthier does not take anything away from that potential.
If you want to change the flavor profile the second time around, you can add ingredients on top before you reheat, and viola, you just created something different!
Scalloped Potato Recipe
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups 1% milk
4-6 medium thinly sliced potatoes, unpeeled
sliced or cubed peppers (or other favorite combination of vegetables)
4 garlic cloves, chopped (or other favorite spice)
1 small shallot, chopped (or other favorite spice)
fresh basil (or other favorite herb or dry spice)
Salt and pepper to taste
optional last layer: 2 tbsp crumbled bacon, pepper flakes, 2 tbsp butter (use substitues to minimize calories)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (190 degrees C). Use oil to grease 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 1 hour.
- In sauce pan, heat the oil in medium to low heat.
- Add flour, salt and pepper and stir frequently for 1 minutes.
- Add milk and stir frequently. Heat until right before it boils. Do not allow to burn or stick to the pan. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Spread and arrange ingredients on the pan in alternating layers, starting with a layer of potatoes.
- Pour milk to cover the layered ingredients.
- If using the optional last layer add these to the top.
- Cover pan with aluminum foil.
- Cook 30 minutes covered.
- Uncover and continue cooking for 30 minutes.
- Check for doneness.
- Serve and Enjoy!!
Cheese is another optional ingredient that goes well in a scalloped potatoe dish but usually my goal is to prepare it with the least amount of calories possible, and so I recommend it only for special occasions.
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