Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Creamy Rosemary Potatoes

I'm a total sucker for marketing. If a product is stuffed into a cute package, in miniature form, or has bright colors somewhere on it, it's more than likely going into my buggy. On one trip to Target with Caitlin, I saw a mandoline that was flat, the safety grip clicked on the black, plus it had lime green accents. Mine. In the buggy. That was about two months ago and I just whipped it out the other day to make this yummy potato dish.

With Easter coming up, many of you may be looking to a dish to take to a family dinner. Put this recipe on your list because it is easy to put together, but looks and tastes impressive. That Pioneer Woman knows her stuff.

Creamy Rosemary Potatoes

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1 cup half and half
1 cup heavy cream
5 or 6 medium russet potatoes, sliced thin
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely diced
One 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons minced rosemary leaves
3 green onions, light green and medium green parts, thinly sliced
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons minced chives

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rub the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish with softened butter. Combine the half-and-half and the cream in a large measuring cup.
Using a mandoline or very sharp knife, slice the potatoes very thinly. Place the potatoes in a large bowl. Drizzle with half of the half-and-half/cream mixture and set aside.
In a large skillet over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add the garlic and onion and cook until translucent, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes.
Cut the bar of cream cheese in half and add the halves to the skillet, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the mixture is smooth and combined about 3 minutes.
Pour in the remaining half-and-half/cream mixture and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper and stir. Taste and adjust the seasonings as necessary. Do not undersalt!
Add the rosemary and green onions and stir to combine. Finally, add 1/2 cup of the grated Parmesan and stir to combine.
Pour the cream soaked potatoes into the baking dish. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the top. Scrape out the skillet to get every drop. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup grated Parmesan generously over the top and bake for at least 1 hour, or until golden brown and bubbly. Remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with the chives, then cut into squares to serve.

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