Wednesday, August 15, 2007

It's a personal thing
--Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes
The Boston Cooking School Cook Book Copyright 1896, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1918, 1923, 1924, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936

4 potatoes, pared, cut into ½-inch slices
Salt and pepper
Flour for dredging
1 tablespoon butter
Milk I used 2%

Put layer of potatoes in buttered baking dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper, dredge with flour, and dot over with half the butter; repeat. Add milk until it may be seen through top layer; bake 1 ¼ hours in moderate oven (350 degrees F) or until potato is soft.

Growing up my favorite meal was probably breaded pork chops and scalloped potatoes. I'm not quite sure what the appeal of scalloped potatoes was since it's a very plain dish but scalloped potatoes were without a doubt one of my favorite things to find on the dinner table (and generally they only appeared at Sunday dinner).

This is the first time I've seen a recipe for scalloped potatoes like my mother made them. I've made them myself at least once, way back when, but it was long enough ago that I didn't trust my memory. I was always hoping to run across a recipe that made them like my mother made them. I know, why not just ask my mother? Well, her memory is as bad as mine and it's possible she hasn't made them in a very, very long time. When we discovered Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatoes in a box, I think these scalloped potatoes may have been permanently retired (it's been years since I've had those potatoes in a box too).

Tasting these was very nostalgic. They needed more salt, and I wish I had whole milk in the house to use for this but otherwise that old familiar taste was there. It wasn't quite the same since I didn't have breaded pork chops along side them but maybe next time.

I still can't tell you what the appeal is. There's no cheese, very little butter and no other seasoning besides salt and pepper. It's a mystery to me. Since this is the first time I've come across this recipe, I'm thinking that maybe not too many people feel the same way about this type of scalloped potatoes.

Blast From The Past: Russian-Style Chicken Cutlets from August 2006. That was the recipe that reminded of another childhood favorite (which I have had since I was wee little), City Chicken. I still have to tackle that recipe.

Question of the Day: What were some of your childhood favorites?


Anonymous said...

These are one of my childhood favourites too, compliments of my Grandma. Her recipe is almost identical, except she added a layer of sliced onions. Such great comfort food, and much yummier than any other scalloped potatoes I've ever tried.
Thanks for reminding me, I think I'll make them tonight!

Randi said...

I think it must be a nostalgia thing for you. A lot of foods that my mom makes( jewish stuff) just totally remind me of my childhood. My MIL makes her scalloped potatoes like this. I dont really care for them because I can taste bits of uncooked flour. I use the recipe from America's Test kitchen family cookbook and they rock!!

Wanda said...

You know, I just can't really recall any certain foods right now...
Well, I do remember Mother's salmon croquettes. I loved those with catsup.

Beth said...

Oh my goodness I LOVE scalloped potatoes. I throw in some leftover ham if I have it to make a complete meal-just add salad!

Anonymous said...

My Grandmother's kolaches and homemade bread with homemade butter. Oh, my!

My Mother's mexican rice and pinto beans.


Heather said...

I love scalloped potatoes. I also rarely make them. However my favorite childhood memory is learning how to make meatloaf, something I still love today.

Anonymous said...

I loved scalloped potatoes when I was a kid, but I think they may all have been the boxed kind. May have to try this. And I miss my mothers Tuna Noodle Caserole!

meddlingkidd said...

The first thing that comes to mind for me is my Mom's meatloaf! I still love it but mine still just doesn't measure up to hers!


Anonymous said...

My mom made a similar scalloped potatoes recipe - the main difference was that she used onions. Its still a favorite winter comfort food of mine...I usually add ham as well! My mom's meatloaf is also right up there with favorite childhood food memories as well.


Brilynn said...

Scalloped potatoes definitely were. And pierogies. And sweet and sour ribs at Christmas.

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