Craving Cheese…

November 18th, 2009

I am addicted to cheese! At any one time you can probably find at least five different types of cheese in my fridge. It is just so good. However, lately, I have been thinking that I should cut back a bit on the cheese.

And it really is not working… as I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner tonight, I was eating some fresh mozzarella that I just bought (stay tuned for that recipe!)… I couldn’t decide what to make and I have a fully stocked fridge. My inspiration was completely gone…

I knew that I wanted warm comfort food (another cold and rainy day in Chicago and I’m trying to get rid of a cold)… but what… and then I stared at the 5 pounds of potatoes I bought for Thanksgiving dinner and thought “No one will miss two potatoes from this big bag!”

Scalloped Potatoes seemed like they would hit the spot except without onions or cheddar I had to improvise with garlic and goat cheese. Overall, it was quite good. I would increase the cheese (I was trying to be too good!) and sprinkle some on top before baking…

Ginny’s Goat Cheese and Ham Scallopedish Potatoes

2 potatoes, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup ham, diced
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup goat cheese
1/4 cup chives, chopped (I didn’t have this on hand but I think it would have been a great addition)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In a medium sauce pan, put enough cold water over the potatoes to over them and boil until the potatoes are still firm but a fork can slide easily into them.
3. In a separate pan, over medium heat, spray with Pam (or butter/olive oil) and saute the garlic for a minute or two.
4. Add the flour and brown for a second while mix with a whisk.
5. Continue whisking and pour in the milk. Whisk until it thickens.
6. Turn down the temp and stir in the goat cheese until melted.
7. Stir in the ham, chives, salt and pepper.
8. In an individual ramekins, pour a fourth to the cheese mixture into the bottom. Layer the potatoes on top and pour another fourth of the mixture on top of the potatoes. Repeat with the second ramekin.
9. Bake at 350 for about 10-15 minutes until bubbling.

6 Responses to “Craving Cheese…”

  1. Emily on November 21, 2009 12:38 pm

    Mmm I love goat cheese. These potatoes look incredible!

  2. noble pig on November 22, 2009 8:55 am

    Holy cow this looks sooooooo good.

  3. Ben on November 23, 2009 11:40 am

    Nice! And having at least 5 different kinds of cheese at a time is the only way to go. Cheese rules, LOL

  4. VeggieGirl on November 26, 2009 6:32 am


  5. Manggy on November 27, 2009 1:51 am

    I won’t fault you for this one… Cheese and potatoes are a match made in heaven :)

  6. DianasaurDishes on November 28, 2009 10:08 pm

    I never have less than 6 kinds of cheese in my fridge, you’re not alone! I will have to give this a try, we’ve got 40 lbs of potatoes from our CSA.

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