Not really, but this is a recipe that I borrowed from soewhere and modified a great deal. In a baking dish pour in a layer of oil in the bottom-enough to cover-not too deep. Take an appropriate number of potatoes-usually five or six for the dish I generally use-wash them and slice lengthwise about an eighth of an inch or so thick. Layer these puppies in the dish and add another layer crosswise to the original. Slice some butter or margerine and place here and there on the spuds. Douse with half and half or cream or milk-not a ton but enough to cover the top layer. Yes, it eventually mostly winds up in the bottom. Bear with me. Toss on some shredded or sliced cheese and continue layering doing the butter/half and half/ cheese thing every couple of layers until the dish is full. Put a heavier layer of cheese on top, hit it with whatever spices you like and bake at 350 for about an hour uncovered. Pretty darned good and the leftovers are even better.
I sometimes toss cottage cheese in it and feta if I have been lucky at the discount grocery place. Onions are fine-this is another of those "run what you brung" sort of things.
I truly appreciate creativity in the kitchen so good for you Dan! Recipe actually sounds delicious! I have a Mandolin Slicer that would work well for slicing taters that thin. Last time I thought I could cut zucchini that thin with just using a knife, bout lost the tip of a finger!
hey Mela-I admit to becoming a fan of the Salad Shooter, lame as that may sound. It has an unfortunately short range so no fun for pests but it has saved me a lot of time in the kitchen anymore. Often I resort to cutting potatoes so they will fit in the snout of the Shooter and just use those slices in the potato dish. I am not familiar with the Mandolin slicer but I will surely look it up. I have rigged some tres strange things to work in the kitchen over the past year or so. Rube Goldberg would be most appreciative! i suppose if you were pressed for time you could use frozen french fries...
I had gotten a used 'Shooter' at first and was skeptical of the thing. But after a while I grew to use it a lot. I had considered an electric slicer as in a butcher shop only smaller but then realized i did not want to hack off any more bits of me so passed on that idea. I am going to make a point to look for a Mandolin or some such in the thrift shops. I have gotten rid of every serrated knife i ever had with the exception of the bread knife. Just can't use them one handed.
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