Thursday, August 26, 2010

"What Makes a Potato Gourmet?"

Cheese. Sour Cream. Onions.

So, I've got a little story for ya Ags. (Oh how I miss College Station today.) I met an amazing man back in the fourth grade. No, I didn't know that I would end up marrying him, but I did know that I had met someone special. Although he has tortured and teased me for years, I am so thankful that our wonderful God has graced me with such an amazing man. This amazing man has opened my eyes to so many new things. You see, there are very few people in the world that can get me to try new things. I am exactly like my mother in this regard. I like things the way they have always been and change brings about a great deal of stress. One of my worst areas of this is my taste palate. I hate trying new foods. I know what I like and I like what I know. Except....since dating Mark I have realized that there are foods out there that although seem scary, are actually wonderful.
The first thing I began to love after being introduced to it by Mark (well, actually his mother) was pork. I love pork tenderloin now. Who knew that I would love both white meats! Another is mushrooms...these days I will eat them in anything. Especially Mezzaluna from The Grotto (hint hint nudge nudge, Mark you should take me there). And last but not least is Sour Cream. My first reaction is still "GROSS" but I am getting better. Debbie (my mother in law) made these amazing potatoes one day and when I asked what was in them, she wouldn't tell me until I tried them. Well, after about 3 servings she finally told me....and heaven forbid there was Sour Cream in them! I was so mad that Mark hadn't told me but it worked out in the end. One of my new favorite meals is pork tenderloin with these Sour Cream potatoes. they are, my mother in law's Gourmet Potatoes.

Gourmet Potatoes

3 medium potatoes
2 cups shredded cheddar
1 cup sour cream
1/3 yellow onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Boil the potatoes for 30 minutes (with the skin on). Let cool, preferably over night in the fridge. Peel the potatoes. Shred the potatoes using a food processor. (If you don't have a large enough food processor with the shredding blade, a large cheese grater will work too.) Mix together the potatoes, cheddar, sour cream and onions. Salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the mixture into a glass baking dish. I like to put half the mixture into a pie pan and the other half in a glass dish with a lid so I can freeze it and bake it later. If baking it all at once you should use something larger than a pie dish.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. If you like a crispy edge, like I do, broil them for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. ENJOY!!!

Note: These are not very healthy but SO good. They go with just about any dinner and will leave your husband wanting more. You know, Mark and I are just never going to be that skinny couple. We love dishes like this too much.

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