Vibrant flavor makes Asiago and Sage Scalloped Potatoes a superb potato side dish; a treasure when served with your favorite roast meats.
Asiago and Sage Scalloped Potatoes
Author: Epicurus.com Kitchens
Recipe type: Side Dish
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 medium onion(s), thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, finely chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- salt and pepper
- 1 1/4 Cups heavy cream
- 1/2 Cup milk
- 1 Cup grated Asiago cheese (about 3 ounces)
- 1 Cup plain dry bread crumbs
- 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons sage leaves, finely shredded
- 2 1/2 pounds medium Idaho potatoes peeled, sliced 1/4 thick
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Melt the butter in a large heavy saucepan. Add the onions and cook over high heat, stirring, until golden, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, bay leaves, nutmeg, 1 tablespoon coarse salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper and cook for 30 seconds. Add the heavy cream and milk and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, toss the cheese with the bread crumbs, olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon of the sage, 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
- Remove the bay leaves from the onion mixture and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons sage. Put the sliced potatoes in a large bowl, add the onion mixture and toss gently. Spread half of the potatoes and liquid in a 2-quart nonreactive baking dish and sprinkle 2/3 Cup of the cheese bread crumbs over the top. Cover with the remaining potatoes and press firmly to pack them down. Spoon the remaining liquid over the potatoes and cover with the remaining bread crumbs.
- Bake in the middle of the oven for about 1 hour, or until the potatoes are tender and the top is golden; if they brown too quickly, loosely cover the dish with foil.
- Make Ahead: The potatoes can be baked up to 5 hours ahead; let stand at room temperature. Rewarm in the oven before serving.