Revolutionizing the Potato Side Order with Baked Cheese Potatoes

Potatoes have been used as side orders way too often. While the crunchy French fries and smooth textured mashed potatoes sound like great additions to any meat-based dish, have you ever wished for the side order to be the main order? This holiday season, change the rules of portion distribution and make a dish based centrally around baked potatoes. Think lasagna but with potatoes at the core. Is it difficult to imagine? Do not worry because here is a step-by-step guide to the mouth-watering Baked Cheese Potatoes. And the best thing about this dish is that it can be prepared in advance and baked whenever needed. It is revolutionary but also convenient.

First, let’s start with making the cream sauce. To a deep pan, add garlic, sliced onions, and butter. Thoroughly mix the three until the onions become caramelized. Then add in spices and the flour and mix consistently to avoid lumps. Add cream and mix cautiously again until the sauce comes to a boil.

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Next, peel the potatoes, wash, and slice them into thin rounds. Add the circular potatoes into the simmering white sauce, and finally, put the sauce-layered potato discs into a dish. Sprinkle heavily with cheddar cheese before relayering with more potatoes and adding more cheddar to get the perfect crispy top layer.

Lastly, leave it in the baking oven for approximately 40 to 50 minutes, ensuring the half-cooked potatoes are now fully cooked. Also, don’t forget to flip the rule and sauté some cubed chicken chunks on the side. You can add some salsa sauce and saltines to go on the side too. If these don’t sound like viable options, prepare a small serving of minced beef as a side addition to the crispy and cheesy baked holiday perfection, bound to melt in your mouth if eaten straight out of the oven.