Wednesday, January 9, 2013

FN Dish Comfort Food Fest-Garlic and Herb Infused Cheesy Potatoes

Food Network's Blog FN Dish has decided to create another franchise. This time it's all about Comfort Food and this week the topic is potatoes.  Potatoes are nutritious, versatile and cheap.  They can be made in a variety of ways that can please a crowd or add that special touch to everyday meals.  My recipe for this installment -- Garlic and Herb Infused Cheesy Potatoes! Now that's a mouthful (of deliciousness!!)
Like in all the past installments be sure to read to the bottom of this post for even more potatoes recipes from some incredible bloggers and cooks.

This is fairly simple but makes a great statement on the dining room table.  By infusing the milk with garlic and herbs the potatoes soak up all that flavor and the addition of cheese makes it even more delicious. After all everything is better with cheese.

To Make Garlic and Herb Infused Cheesy Potatoes you'll need:

Russet potatoes (I usually allow 2 potatoes per person, this will assure you have left overs)
1 1/2 cups milk
3-4 garlic cloves, smashed
assorted herbs, parsley, rosemary, basil, oregano or any combination you like.
4-6 ounces of cheese depending on how cheesy you like it. I used a sharp cheddar but just about any kind of cheese you like will work.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Slice the potatoes very thin on a mandolin or with a knife. Layer them in a casserole dish seasoning the potatoes between the layers with salt and pepper and cheese.

On the stove in a saucepan warm the milk, add the garlic and herbs and let them steep in the milk for about 10 minutes.  Once the potatoes are sliced and seasoned pour the warm, steeped milk through a fine mesh strainer over the potatoes, then top them with the grated cheese.

Bake the potatoes for about 20 minutes or until they are tender and brown.

Sprinkle chopped herbs on top and enjoy them with just about any kind of meat. For this meal I chose pan fried pork chops.
These potatoes can be reheated home-fry style for breakfast the next morning.  Just add some butter or oil to the pan and fry them until crispy.
Garlic and Herb Infused Cheesy Potatoes -- another easy, flavorful potato dish to add to your repertoire of potatoes recipes. If you give them a try please be sure to leave a comment and rate the dish!  Check out the list below for even more mouth-watering potato dishes.


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