This is a great dish for a holiday meal or a special occasion. From the Joy of Cooking, the mixture of potatoes and cheese are a wonderful combination and the green onions add a nice flavor to this dish.
- 8-10 or 2-3 pounds potatoes
- 1 ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. paprika
- ¼ tsp. dry mustard
- 2 tbsp. flour
- 3-6 tbsp. butter
- ¼ cup chopped green onion/scallions or chives
- ½ cup shredded cheese (Swiss, gruyere, cheddar- something that melts easily)
Grease 10-inch or 9 x 13 inch baking dish and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel or leave skin on potatoes. If peeling, place them in bowl of cold water while preparing other ingredients so they don’t turn brown. Heat milk in saucepan, season with salt, paprika and dry mustard.
Cut potatoes using “thick” slicer or mandolin or cut carefully by hand. There should be 3 layers of potatoes with small amounts of flour/butter/scallions/cheese in between each layer. You don’t have to melt the butter-just take chunks of butter and spread them throughout the dish. Intersperse a total of 2 tbsp. of flour, 3-6 tbsp. of butter, ½ cup cheese and scallions with potatoes.
Pour seasoned milk mixture over potatoes. Bake covered for a half an hour, then uncovered for another hour (1.5 hours total) at 350 degrees. Top should be pretty crispy when done.