Potatoes Delmonico (Casserole)
An elegant side dish served in the finest New York and Boston Hotels/Restaurants in the 1920s and '30s. It's a bit of work but it's not difficult if you follow the instructions and the result is certainly worth the effort. If ever there was a recipe "from scratch," this is it - thus, it's a great recipe on which one can begin building real cooking skills. The genesis of this dish comes from "Fannie Farmer's Boston Cooking School Cook Book". Definitely not for dieters! It's my favorite side dish with poultry and/or pork.
- Ready In:
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups whole milk, warmed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon white pepper (not freshly ground)
- 8 medium potatoes
- 1⁄2 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons melted butter, for breadcrumbs
- To make the white sauce, begin by melting butter in a double boiler.
- Blend in flour and seasonings.
- Add milk gradually, bring to a boil (stirring) and maintain a mild boil for two minutes.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Set aside in a warm place when finished.
- To prepare the potatoes, boil or bake the potatoes, not too soft!
- Cool boiled potatoes in cold water; drain, refrigerate until cool; peel and slice.
- To assemble and complete the dish, spray a Pyrex 8"x12" casserole dish with Pam Spray (or grease lightly with shortening).
- Pour a little white sauce in the bottom of the pan.
- Layer one half of the potatoes on top of the white sauce.
- Pour and spread just slightly less than half the remaining sauce over that layer.
- Sprinkle on half of shredded cheese.
- Add a second layer of potatoes.
- Spread the remaining white sauce and cheese, just as before.
- Sprinkle the bread crumbs, with the melted butter mixed in, over the top of the white sauce and cheese.
- Bake in a preheated 375 degree fahrenheit oven until the top becomes golden brown. (About 45 minutes - watch this closely!).
- Serve hot.
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Excellent potato recipe. I boiled the potatoes, drained and cooled them in refrigerator before slicing, and used medium cheddar cheese. Another 'favorite' to add to my cookbook. Served with recipe #113037 and peas and carrots. I think this recipe would be good layered with some leftover chopped cooked ham and chopped green pepper too.
Loved the different textures in this dish - creamy with an awesomely crisp and chewy crust that complemented it. Unlike Kitten, I opted for a lower fat version with a bit less butter and low fat milk. As hard as I tried to get the white sauce to boil, it wouldn't happen. Not sure whether it was my improvised double boiler or what? As a result the sauce got a little too thick and I had to spread it on the potatoes instead of pour it over. This meant that there were areas of dryness (probably my using less butter also caused that), but the taste was still great. So I recommend that you don't simmer the sauce until it gets too thick, or try to boil it if it looks like it won't happen; otherwise, I loved how this tasted:D Thanks Bone Man!