Last year, at Thanksgiving, when we sat down to eat our big meal, my dad asked where the potatoes were. My mom and I - the cooks - were perplexed. We had never served potatoes at Thanksgiving. Mashed potatoes and roast are a Sunday staple in the house where I grew up - therefore potatoes were not special enough for Thanksgiving.
Fast forward to our latest cruise when I ate way too many potato dishes - potato salad, mashed potatoes, potatoes au gratin, potato wedges, french fries, hash browns, diced breakfast potatoes..... And out of all of those, I loved the potatoes au gratin. Don't get me wrong, they were all delicious, but the potatoes au gratin were so creamy yet firm.....oh, my. So, so good!
And so for this Thanksgiving meal, I decided to find something similar for our big feast. We would not serve mashed potatoes but something different. After searching my favorite food blogs, and discounting most au gratin recipes as just too fattening, I settled upon Skinnytaste's Skinny Scalloped Potato Gratin. (Just a side note... During the holidays, I don't count calories. So I should have found an au gratin recipe but..... Well, I settled upon this one and I liked it.)
I didn't measure my potatoes and meant to halve the recipe....but I had a bit more than half of the amount of potatoes. So I may not have had quite as much liquid as I should have had. But I followed the recipe, otherwise, and these turned out great. They're not as creamy as on the cruise ship but they're potatoes. With butter and cheese. And you can't really go wrong with that.
Mr. Higgins approved so I'll make these at Thanksgiving.... And hope my dad is satisfied.