Creamy Stove-top Potatoes

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I am by nature a planner--spontaneity is not my middle name. Not only do I prepare a grocery list based on the sale items in our weekly supermarket ads, but I also frame an entire week of menus based on those purchases. And (taking it one step further) I consider which days of the week will require a 30-minutes or less meal and which ones provide the luxury to play for an afternoon in the kitchen.

...Therefore the genesis of this recipe is nothing short of miraculous. Typically I go to the market with a goal; I know before I take one step outside my door what grocery items I will be searching for.

Today however I had no plan and allowed the lure of bargain-hunting to rule what I would purchase. At my local Farmers Market I found Yukon gold potatoes, yellow onions and smoked gouda. When I arrived at home I looked at what was stored in my kitchen. Hmm, there's an opened box of vegetable broth in the frig, and in the pantry is a cluster of fresh sage I picked just yesterday from my herb garden.

I don't want fried potatoes today--I'm in the mood for something creamy and comforting. So, let's see if I can put all of these things together to satisfy my tummy.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 33 min
Ready in: 43 min
Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 Yukon gold potatoes, thinly sliced
  • about 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
  • 1/2 cup smoked gouda or other smoked cheese, shredded
  1. In pot with lid saute onions in butter and olive oil over medium until they begin to soften. Add the potatoes, and stir a few times so that oil lightly coats all slices.
  2. Pour broth over potatoes--just enough to cover. Turn the heat to low; cover and simmer 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Remove lid. Sprinkle fresh sage and smoked cheese over simmering potatoes. Simmer for about 5 more minutes, or until cheese is melted and almost all liquid is absorbed by potatoes
  3. Stir gently and serve.

What makes this recipe work?

  • Sautéing the onions over medium heat makes them soft and golden and tames their fire.
  • Yukon gold potatoes retain their shape even after they are cooked.
  • Simmering the potatoes in broth makes them soft and the starch from the potatoes lends a bit of thickening to the casserole.
  • Fresh sage adds an earthy bite.
  • Smoked cheese provides a creamy savory balance.

© 2013 Carb Diva

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