Raising a Farmer

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Scalloped Potatoes

on February 3, 2016

Last week I had mistakenly purchased leeks instead of fennel.  Lets just say leeks just might be my new favorite food.  I had to look up what a leek was to figure out what I could do with them.  They are in the onion/garlic family.  Perfect.  I love onions I will just use leeks instead of onions.  Today, I made scalloped potatoes.  It has been a challenge to find a recipe to make scalloped potatoes from scratch which doesn’t involve a can of cream of mushroom soup, a can of cream of celery or a box.  In walks rue.  Rue is like a hidden secret that only a lady with grey hair knows about.  I remember the first time I realized what rue was, my aunt made it and added to bean soup.  You fry butter and flour?  Here is my version of scalloped potatoes.

A lady with the title of great-grandma told me I was to rinse and soak sliced potatoes for scallop potatoes, gets the starch out of them.  That’s what I do now.  Here they are soaking while I prepare the other good stuff.  I use red potatoes if you are wondering.  IMG_2099[1]

Next I chopped up 1 Leek.  About 3 slices of ham cubed I had made yesterday and some fresh parsley.  IMG_2101[1]

Next I rinsed the potatoes, drained and put them in a bowl.  I seasoned them with salt and pepper.  Added the leeks and ham (use the same bowl the potatoes were soaking in, minus the water).  Sprinkled some flour about a 1/4 of a cup and stirred together.  Put in baking dish.  IMG_2102[1]IMG_2103[1]

Now for the rue.  Add about 3 table spoons of butter into a frying pan between low and med temp.  Melt add some flour around 1/4 cup.  Whisk together till it looks like this.  IMG_2104[1]

Then slowly add WHOLE milk.  How much I do not know I pour right from the jug.  Slow is the key and whisk at the same time.  You want it to look like runny pudding.  If you think it is to runny add a little bit more flour,if its to thick add a little bit more milk. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Oh, Hi Viv, just making some rue here.IMG_2107[1]

Pour mixture over the top of potatoes waiting in the baking dish.  IMG_2109[1]

Don’t stir,

it will meld together in the oven.  Sprinkle with parsley.  Cover. Bake at 350 for about an hour till potatoes are tender.  I take the cover off the last 5-10 min.  IMG_2110[1]

Enjoy!  IMG_2115[1]

Last put away all the treasures Vivian found and just had to have out.  Maybe I should make some banana bread.  IMG_2111[1]

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