Thursday, July 10, 2008

Scalloped Potatoes with Shallots, Mushrooms, Roasted Garlic and Thyme

You are supposed to roast the garlic for this recipe, which already takes a long time to cook. So, I just skip it, but go ahead and prepare it by sauteing them. But keep in mind that the garlic becomes much more mellow when roasted, so you might need to use much less.

Preparing this dish doesn't take that long, but cooking it does so give yourself enough lead time with this recipe:) It makes no difference to me that it does take time because it is simply delicious. But be careful not to overdo the serving:)



4 whole garlic heads
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 1/3 cups minced shallots (about 15 medium)
3 cups chopped mushrooms (8 ounces)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons chopped fresh or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, thinly sliced
Cooking spray
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Pecorino Romano cheese

Preheat oven to 350°.

Remove white papery skins from garlic heads (do not peel or separate cloves). Wrap each head separately in foil. Bake at 350° for 1 hour; cool 10 minutes. Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp (you should have about 1/4 cup). Discard skins.

Preheat oven to 375°.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots; sauté 3 minutes or until softened. Add mushrooms; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar; cook 1 minute or until liquid almost evaporates. Remove from heat.

Place milk, garlic pulp, flour, thyme, salt, and pepper in a food processor; process until smooth.

Arrange one-third of potatoes in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread half of the shallot mixture over potatoes. Repeat procedure with remaining potato slices and shallot mixture, ending with potato slices. Pour milk mixture evenly over potatoes.

Cover with foil; bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Remove foil; bake, uncovered, 30 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese; bake 15 minutes or until cheese is golden. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
Per serving:

Calories: 165
Fat: 5 g
Carbs: 22 g
Protein: 10 g
Fiber: 3.5 g

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