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Easy Cheesy Potatoes {Can be Made Ahead, Also Grain-Free Option}

April 4, 2014 · 5 comments

Cheesy potatoes

Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

I used to make my cheesy potatoes using boxed potatoes (can you say, chemical preservatives?), Ritz crackers (trans fats) and get this:  Velveeta cheese!  If you still cook with those things, don’t feel bad, you just didn’t know, like I didn’t used to know.  But now that we know better, we can cook better.  :)

If you need a make-ahead (or not) cheesy potatoes recipe, you’ll love this one that is simple and delicious.  Yes, these Cheesy Potatoes are pretty carb-heavy if you have blood sugar issues, but remember, the healthy fats in the recipe help to lower their glycemic index!  Read more about that here:  How to Eat Carbs Safely and Lower the Glycemic Index of the Foods You Love.

Easy Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients:

  • About 8-10 organic medium potatoes — organic because potatoes are a highly-sprayed crop
  • 1/2 to 1 onion, chopped, or however much you like — you could also substitute 3-5 chopped green onions
  • IMG_1138 1/2 c. pastured butter
  • 3/4 c. flour – sprouted flour, einkorn flour, spelt flour, or if you’re grain-free, use arrowroot flour
  • 1  1/2 c. cream (NOT ultra-pasteurized) — you could substitute 8-12 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • Add 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese, or whatever is your favorite
  • Sea salt and pepper to your taste
  • Another 1/2 c. of cheese for the top

For the optional crumb topping:

Instructions:

IMG_1129Clean potatoes and cut off the bad spots.  I like to shred them (I used my Bosch slicer/shredder), but you could also just chop into small bite-sized pieces.  Stir onions in with the potatoes.  Set aside while you do the next step.  (Optional:  fry up a whole chopped onion in 4 T. of butter or ghee ’til golden and caramelized and stir these in instead of the raw onion for extra yummiliciousness.)

Make the cheese sauce:  over low-medium heat (don’t let this burn, keep stirring) melt 1/2 c. butter, stir in flour.  Let cook on the stove for 2-3 minutes as it bubbles a little and starts to thicken.  Add in cream, milk , and sour cream.  Keep stirring until it’s all mixed in and has a nice consistency for a sauce, not too thick and not too thin.  Add 1 c. shredded cheese and stir in until melted. Add sea salt and pepper to your taste.

Drain any excess liquid off the potatoes & onions. Stir in the cheese sauce.  Spread into a buttered 9×13 glass or stainless steel pan. Sprinkle another 1/2 c. of cheese over the top of the potatoes.

IMG_1140Optional bread crumb topping:  Melt another 1/2 c. butter in a small saucepan.  Stir in seasoned bread crumbs you might have in the freezer OR crushed organic cracker crumbs.  Sprinkle over top of the potatoes.

Cover well until you’re ready to bake.  These can be frozen or just set in the fridge overnight.

Bake 90 minutes at 400* (so the potatoes are all the way done and not crunchy like mine were after an hour).  Watch to be sure the top doesn’t get too brown, if so, cover loosely with foil so the foil doesn’t touch the food.

How do you make your cheesy potatoes?

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  • { 4 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Melissa @Cellulite Investigation April 8, 2010 at 10:25 am

    These look delicious, Kelly! I know people have a lot of different opinions on this one, but I’m not sure what I think about restricting carbs. I tend to agree with Weston Price, that things like potatoes and bread are fine as long as they aren’t the bulk of the diet. Personally, I would devour this dish without a tinge of guilt!

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    2 Carey April 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    These are the potatoes I made for Easter, Potatoes Romanoff:
    http://www.tosmagazine.com/newsletters/homesteader/08-06/08-06.php
    (you’ll need to scroll down). The only thing I did differently was to cut my potatoes into quarters (they were large), the skins really do slide off (mostly) when you grate them. The best part was that I could prepare this dish on Saturday (I added some cooking time on Sunday). Delicious! I do make my own seasoning salt (there are many copycat recipes online). I’m a self-professed carb-aholic, but all the men (aka meat-lovers) in my family love these too.

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    3 Mrs Bic April 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Looking forward to making these for my husband, this weekend!

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    4 Charity April 5, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I steam mine until barely tender after slicing them……cuts way down on baking time, which I find reduces the chances of them being burned or underdone in my finicky oven!

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