This is a comfort food. Old world recipe. If your sauce was too thin, you didn't cook it long enough. Next time, rely on your thermometer: 165 degrees in the center and your sauce should be thick. Not a reprimand, just a suggestion as I am a firm believer in recipes only being a guideline for cooking. Every-ones tastes are different! I have eaten this casserole since I was a child. I make it proper and I "tweak it!
Potato Gratin with Haricots Verts and Ham
Better-for-you whole-grain pasta is the base for this creamy salad. Toss with green beans, bacon, and cheese, and you have a tasty, filling side. One of our judges even liked the green beans better than the pasta!
The key to making these potatoes rich and flavorful without adding lots of butter is simmering them in milk before baking.
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- Calories: 208
- Calories from fat: 29%
- Fat: 6.8g
- Saturated fat: 3.9g
- Monounsaturated fat: 1.9g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
- Protein: 11.5g
- Carbohydrate: 26.2g
- Fiber: 2.3g
- Cholesterol: 27mg
- Iron: 1.2mg
- Sodium: 352mg
- Calcium: 270mg
- 3 cups 2% low-fat milk
- 2 pounds small red potatoes, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 ounces haricots verts, trimmed
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced deli smoked ham, chopped
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Gruyère cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Combine first 4 ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, and let stand 10 minutes. Drain potatoes in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1 cup milk mixture. Discard bay leaves.
- Cook haricots verts in boiling water for 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Rinse in cold water; drain.
- Arrange half of potatoes in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange haricots verts and ham over potatoes. Sprinkle with half of cheese, salt, and pepper. Top with remaining potatoes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir nutmeg into reserved milk mixture; pour over potatoes.
- Cover with foil; cut 3 (1-inch) slits in foil. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes or until cheese begins to brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
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