(58) Potato and Sun-Dried Tomato au Gratin

I must say that I love a good potato gratin!! If you make this (or any gratin, really), make sure not to slice the potatoes too thin because they will crumble if you do! The key is to boil until firm but not flimsy, so you have to watch them! This dish needed a touch more salt out of the oven, but otherwise it was perfect! A great accompaniment to roasted chicken!

Potato and Sun-Dried Tomato au Gratin

This can be assembled and refrigerated up to 24 hours ahead of time. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature and bake as directed. You can substitute any sharp Italian cheese (such as Romano, provolone, or Asiago) for the Parmesan.

Yield: 10 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
Source: Cooking Light, DECEMBER 2000

1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil (about 2 ounces)
3 pounds peeled baking potato, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups fat-free milk
2 cups (8 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Combine water and sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl; cover and let stand 30 minutes or until soft. Drain and coarsely chop; set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Place the potato in a large saucepan, and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain well. Arrange potato in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Melt butter in pan over medium heat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes or until tender. Add sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, salt, and pepper, and cook 2 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Sprinkle tomato mixture with flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Remove from heat; add cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Pour the sauce over the potatoes, tossing gently to coat. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until bubbly and golden.

CALORIES 279 (25% from fat); FAT 7.6g (sat 4.6g,mono 2.1g,poly 0.4g); IRON 1.2mg; CHOLESTEROL 19mg; CALCIUM 353mg; CARBOHYDRATE 38g; SODIUM 558mg; PROTEIN 13.7g; FIBER 2.9g

Ruh Roh Raggy…

The year is nearly over and Im nowhere near making 104 recipes (which is about half of 209 for those of you who are math-ily challenged!). There are approximately 56 days left until June 30th and I need to make 73 recipes by then. Don’t think that’s gonna happen!!

But I will try valliantly. Stupid germs kept me out of the kitchen a good part of February and March, but now it’s ON! So please help a girl out. Send me your favorite quick and easy (light, preferably!) recipes. I prefer stuff that I can make in less than an hour for weeknight dinners! Comment to me or you can email me – oduamy at gmail dot com.


PS: My baby turns one on June 30th. I can’t believe that in 56 days she’ll be a year old! I AM IN DENIAL!

209 in 2009!!

The adventure begins! My goal for 2009 is to make 209 new recipes. I’m not sure if this is crazy ambitious or if I’ll hit this goal in no time flat. Guess we’ll find out! Anyway, I’ll be numbering my recipes in the title so I can keep track of how many I’ve made! Hope you enjoy the adventure too and will try some new recipes of your own 🙂



Before I go nuts posting food, I should introduce myself, huh!? My name is Amy. I’m 31 years old, married, mother of a 5 month old little girl named Sydney. We all live in St. Augustine, FL. I work in IT but I have secret passions for cooking. I play the lottery every week in hopes that I can one day quit my job and go to culinary school. We all know how well that plan is gonna work out, huh?! So to indulge my need for all things culinary, I cook at home!

When I was pregnant with Sydney, I had horrific morning sickness. But it wasn’t the kind that only hit in the morning. It was all-day-sickness. And I wasn’t one of the lucky ones that felt better once the first trimester was over, oh no, that would have taken all the fun out of being pregnant! I was well into the 3rd trimester before the nausea and puking ended and by that point, I was gigantic (wanna see my semi-uncovered baby belly??) so there was no way in hell I was standing in the kitchen to make dinner. We ate an awful lot of waffles. And cereal. And chicken tenders from the freezer. Oh and taquitos, can’t forget the taquitos!

Anywho – now that the baby is on a semi-routine, it’s time for me to get back into the kitchen! During this year hiatus, we’ve eaten out way too much. It’s both expensive and unhealthy, and we simply can’t continue like this!!

Now why the title of my blog?! All the good ones are taken 😉 Seriously, though, I’m a disaster in the kitchen. I make a horrific mess when I’m cooking. I don’t know why, it’s just who I am. I cook with gusto!! I always clean up, and have a fantastic dishwasher (my husband!)… and it’s almost always worth it! (I’ll post a few stinkers now and then, I’m sure!).

So sit down, buckle up, and enjoy the ride through my culinary adventures, mishaps, and mess! I hope you’re hungry!!

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