Potatoes Au Gratin with Creamy Jalapeno – This easy to make yet elegant side dish is the perfect potato recipe for any party or celebration. A Crowd pleaser
Potatoes Au Gratin With A Creamy Jalapeño Sauce
Of all the recipes I’ve made for this blog, this dish is summed up in 3 words: OMG.. Yes is that good, and no, it’s not spicy. The flavor is amazingly complex and is mixed with a delicate and creamy texture over a crispy top. In conclusion, I need to make some more.
This Potatoes Au Gratin differs with any other gratin or scalloped potatoes you’ve tried in the past in the sense that the sauce is made beforehand in a skillet and then poured over the potatoes before they go in the oven.
Creating tons of flavor that will leave you wanting more.
For this recipe, I used pickled jalapeños. The ones that come in a glass jar and is typically found in the Ethnic aisle of your supermarket near the Mexican products.
The jar contains the jalapeño slices inside an infused liquid. I use the liquid as well as the slices for this dish.
If you love hosting dinner parties or regularly attend potluck dinners then make it in a casserole dish and wow your guests with a flavor they weren’t expecting.
It’s easy to make and you can even make it in advance and just heat up at the last minute. The only part of the process I didn’t like was peeling the potatoes.
I came up with this recipe last week. My mom has a friend from Nicaragua who taught her how to make a delicious Jalapeño sauce that is used for grilled meats, fries and it’s so good that we used to dip bread in it.
I make this sauce all the time when we grill and thought that it would be a good idea to use with potatoes. This experiment exceeded my expectations.
The dish came out delicious and it will be now a weekly staple in my household. Here’s a little bit of the process:
You can add some more jalapeños if you love heat. I usually make it mild since I am serving it to my kids. I hope you can make this delicious Potatoes Au Gratin.
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- 1 Large onion sliced, or 2 small ones
- 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
- 2 Slices Pickled Jalapeño
- 1 Teaspoon Pickled Jalapeño Juice from the jar
- Salt + Pepper
- 2 Cups Whipping Cream
- 2 Big Baking Potatoes or 3 medium ones
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese you can use a blend or mozzarella
- 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese
- Salt + Pepper
Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit
In a big skillet, melt the butter or margarine over medium heat
Toss in the onions and cook until they soften
Add the jalapeño slices and the jalapeño juice. Cook for 1-2 minutes
Pour in the whipping cream and let it simmer over low heat for 5 minutes
Peel potatoes and slice into thin slices
Arrange them in a scalloped shape, one potato slice overlapping the other in a medium casserole pan
Season with salt and pepper
Add 1/3 of the Jalapeño Sauce and top with 1/2 cup of the cheese
Repeat the same pattern for 2 more layers
Grate parmesan cheese on top
Cover with foil
Bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes or until fork tender
Broil for 1-2 minutes or until the top is brown and bubbly
Let it cool 10 minutes before cutting
You can make 2 layers on an 8x8" square pan. You can also bake in 3 layers on a medium casserole pan
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