Monday, October 10, 2011

Rosemary Roasted Garlic Twice Baked Potatoe Casserole

Roasted Garlic.... yum!!!!

Rosemary Roasted Garlic Twice Baked Potato Casserole

So my guy really hates vegetables and likes the same old same old until I make something better. The whole making something better typically happens then he gets stuck on it for a week but I love it. So I wanted to make three cheese au gratin potatoes but he wanted me to make this twice baked potato casserole like I did the other day so I did but I switched things up a bit. Since the Au Gratin Potatoes I like have rosemary, gruyere and a couple other nice ingredients I used that as a base.

I used: Yukon gold potatoes, sour cream, parmesan, rosemary, green onion, roasted garlic and some spices.

Melted crispy cheese... my mouth is watering!
I really like using baby Yukon gold potatoes so I washed them up and diced them up small so they would boil quicker. While they were boiling I roasted the garlic. If you have never roasted garlic it is really simple. Take the whole garlic bulb peel away the extra paper and cut the top off so the top of the garlic is exposed. Put it on a piece of foil add a little olive oil and put in a 400 degree oven for about an hour. It will squeeze right out! So the potatoes boiled I strained them and returned them to the hot pan, while hot I added about a quarter stick of butter and some shredded Parmesan. I added about 1 large sprig of chopped fresh rosemary and some chopped onion just to your liking, add a splash of milk and about ½ to 1 cup of sour cream depending on how rich you want it (Milk isn’t necessary but it is the way I was taught so that is what I do). Once the garlic is cool enough squeeze it into the potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Now mash it all together. I like to use the electric mixture but if you want to make sure you miss all the clumps use a regular potato masher as well. Take the mixture put it in a dish and sprinkle with your favorite white cheese, I used and Italian blend which was mostly mozzarella. You can either put the oven on broil and broil it for a couple minutes or if you want the whole thing to keep warm but it in the oven at 350, either way it comes out great.

As a variation you can also make a “traditional” twice-baked potato casserole.  For the “traditional” potatoes I use green onion, bacon, Colby jack, sour cream, pepper and garlic salt. For this version since Nico and I really like green onion I use a whole bunch of green onions but mostly only the actual onion part so I go about half way. I do the same steps as above but instead of roasting the garlic I cook the bacon while the potatoes boil. The best way to cook bacon is in the oven! I read it in my food network magazine and I have converted my ways! Put the bacon on a baking sheet and put the bacon into the oven when you start it (COLD OVEN!) and set it to 400 degrees and set the timer for 15 minutes, I am telling you it is fantabulous and if you use foil clean up is a breeze. So I top the potato mixture with the Colby and chopped up bacon so it can get extra crispy!
We love potatoes and Nico is a picky eater but he loves both variations. You should try them out when you get a chance!

I will talk to you again soon! We are going to make a game plan on all the stuff I want to make for our new apartment!
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