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Friday, April 27, 2012

Parmesan Potatoes Au Gratin

These crispy, creamy, drool-worthy potatoes need to be on your table.  I found this recipe in my Taste of Home magazine last month and anytime I see a recipe with 7 ingredients or less, I'm game.  And three of those ingredients are seasonings.  I adapted it a little to our tastes and it came out great.

Technically this dish has potatoes, cheese and whipping cream.  That is it.

If the whipping cream thought has your pants tightening already, calm down, it's okay, you'll be fine.  It only requires 2 cups and it's not like you are drinking the stuff straight from the carton.  In my opinion a little good, full-fat dairy, won't kill ya.

Parmesan Potatoes Au Gratin
2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 T. fresh thyme or 1 t. dried thyme
1/2 t. salt
1 t. pepper
2 lbs. potatoes, very thinly sliced
2 c. heavy whipping cream

Combine first four ingredients.  In a 8x8 greased baking dish, layer a third of the potatoes and 2/3 cup cheese mixture, then repeat the layers.  Pour whipping cream over the top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese mixture.

Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.  Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees.  Uncover; bake an additional 20-25 minutes until the top is golden brown.  Remove from oven and allow to cool/stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Please excuse our mess.

And the tangle of electrical cords I see jumping out to me in these pictures.

The other night the husband and I sat on the couch and watched the kids pull every-single-toy out of the toy box in our family room.  The husband was having heart palpitations just watching the mess unfold, and shockingly it wasn't bothering me, as they were entertained with it for a full hour and it allowed us to have a conversation while they were busy.

It's amazing what treasures they were excited about after digging and finding toys they hadn't seen in months.

Note to all friends and family.  Please no more toys.  We are overloaded.  We live in a small house and we just don't have the space.  I think these pictures are evident of that.  Sorry, if that sounds mean, but we'd much rather get clothes or books.  Those things I can handle!

Any other mothers out there feel that way?  Too much stuff just stressed me out.

Towards the end of this adventure the Little Miss went ass-over-apple-cart into the toy box.  We thought it was absolutely hilarious.

She didn't.

Would you like to comment?

  1. Your potatoes sound wonderful, ever added thinly sliced onions to the recipe? Thanks for sharing love your posts!

  2. Yes toys can have a tendency to multiply overnight!

  3. OMG, that last picture is too cute! I couldn't afford much when Hannah was little so I told her that all her stuff had to be contained in her toy box - so every time a birthday or Christmas rolled around, she had to purge some stuff so that everything still fit.

    You know what? She kept every piece of every game and took such good care of her stuff because it was manageable. Well, and I didn't know then that I had a Type A child :D

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Yum, those potatoes look good. I haven't had a chance to look through last month's Taste of Home- but now I want to!! Hehe I can see a TOH peeking out in the last pic too!
    So cute and funny. We were allowed to do w/e the heck we wanted, spreading toys from one end of our rooms or playroom- just as long as we put them back at the end of the day. Just like you said- it kept us occupied and I guess it taught us how to put things back in their place in the long run!

    My god daughter's mom has the same rule--- no more toys OR clothes. Only books or craft supplies if you need to buy them a physical gift. It does just get way out of hand way too fast!

  5. Potatoes sound fantastic. We only have one child and she is overflowing with toys. Although for her birthday and Christmas we take the most exciting relevant toys and let her have them. Maybe 3 or so. The rest of her toys go into the closet to come out when they are relevant or she deserves an extra special treat. We just opened a shopping cart that she got for her birthday 3 months ago and she is tickled! Now, with two... That may be a whole different story. We are in the thinking process about that one. Happy Friday!

  6. I think if you are a onion lover, that would be a great addition!

  7. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)April 30, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    I am not a mother, but I totally agree. Kids have far too many toys.

  8. TOo much stuff definitely stressed me out - the other week I got so stressed that I was having a near-panic attack in the middle of the kitchen because I felt like I couldn't get away from it - so we donated like 3 car fulls of things! I felt so much better afterwards. Our daughter is the first grandchild and niece on like every side so I swear, we're about to start drowning in toys and books and clothes.