I found these potatoes in one of the little booklets (no longer available online -- it was a side dish and casserole booklet!)
Dude. These potatoes rock. Paula Deen would be proud--heavy cream, butter and cheese. Not for everyday-- but for once in a while, my graciousness they are amazing.
serves 8 to 10
serves 8 to 10
6 tablespoons flour (I used Pamela's with no problems because we happen to be gluten free)
3 1/2 cups heavy cream (I've never before bought heavy cream. wow. that stuff is good.)
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 teaspoons dried mustard
1 teaspoons black pepper
6 brown baking potatoes
2 parsnips (I've never bought these before either. I had to ask the grocer what they were.)
1 white onion, peeled and chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I think this could be optional.)
green onion for garnish (totally optional)
--wash and peel your potatoes and parsnips. I chose to leave a bit of potato skin on for color and texture; your choice.
--slice them longways, then slice in 1/4 inch slices
--chop up white onion. Or maybe dice it? Make little tiny pieces.
--plop veggies into stoneware
Assemble your spices and measuring spoons.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Slowly add your flour, stirring constantly for 3-5 minutes. Then slowly add your cream, and spices, stirring continuously to blend.
Pour mixture over potatoes and parsnips, and close the crock lid.
Cook on Low for 8-9 hours or high for 4-5. My potatoes were still a bit crunchy at 4 hours.
Before serving, stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until it disappears. I really don't think this changed the flavor of the dish at all. It probably thickened the sauce a bit, but it really doesn't add enough of a change for the cheese to be an important ingredient.
Garnish with green onion if you are feeling fancy.
This would be an *excellent* take-along for potlucks or holiday dinners when you want to bring something, but you aren't sure what exactly to bring.
The peeling and slicing of the potatoes and parsnips is the most time-consuming part. Next time, I think I would do that the evening before and then just heat up the cream and spices in the morning.
My kids each ate 3 servings. That is unheard of around here!