Scallop and Leek potatoes


INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 leek washed, end cut off and sliced thin
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 4 cups milk (2 for sauce and 2 for on top of potatoes after everything is put together to help it cook)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, divided
  • 1 tablespoon oregano to sprinkle on top
  • 4 pound Potatoes, sliced into 1/8-inch rounds
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese*, divided (feel free to add more cheese if you’d like)
  • 1/2 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.  Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  • Melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.  Add leek and garlic , salt and pepper to taste,  sauté for 4-5 minutes until soft and translucent.  Stir in the flour until it is evenly combined, and cook for about a minute until it gets a pasty consistency like a rue.Gradually pour in the stock, and whisk until combined.  Add in the milk, thyme, and whisk until combined.  Continue cooking for an additional 1-2 minutes until the sauce just barely begins to simmer around the edges of the pan (avoid letting it come to a boil) and thickens.  Then remove from heat and set aside.
  • Spread half of the sliced potatoes in an even layer on the bottom of the pan.  Top evenly with half of the cream sauce.  Then sprinkle evenly 1 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese, and all of the Parmesan cheese.  Top evenly with the remaining sliced potatoes, the other half of the cream sauce, and the remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese and add the remaining 2 cups of milk. Sprinkle on the oregano and any extra cheese you might like.
  • Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.  The sauce should be nice and bubbly around the edges.  Then remove the foil and bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  • Remove from oven and let slightly cool it will be super hot.

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