This recipe sounded so good, but when I tasted the final outcome I was disappointed. My husband wasn't much of a fan either. Something was just a little off. Maybe we need to play around with the ingredients to achieve a flavor we like.
Leeks look like big green onions and taste like a cross between a mildly flavored onion and garlic. Cut off the root end and darker portions of the green leaves. Split in half lengthwise, and wash thoroughly before slicing.
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Stand: 10 Minutes
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 medium leeks, thinly sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Italian cheese blend
- 3 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
- Melt butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat; add leeks, and sauté 5 minutes or until tender (do not brown). Add garlic; sauté 1 minute.
- Whisk in flour; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Stir in 2 teaspoons salt and next 3 ingredients.
- Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat; stir in cheese until melted and smooth.
- Layer half of potatoes in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish; pour half of sauce evenly over potatoes in dish. Repeat layers, ending with sauce.
- Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 50 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown and fork tender, shielding with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning, if necessary. Remove from oven, and let stand 10 minutes.
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