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A Year of Slow Cooking

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Walnut and Sage Potatoes AuGratin CrockPot Recipe

Day 85.

This was our Easter contribution this year. We were set to have Easter at our house, but then the flu hit.


We're actually still recovering.

So Adam technically made this, since he was the only non-germified person in the house. I talked him through it from a fetal position on the couch.

He is still healthy, which is actually getting a tad bit annoying.

I followed a recipe for this that I found on Gluten-Free Bay, an excellent website for the gluten-challenged.

The Ingredients.

--1/4 cup flour (I used Pamela's)
--6 medium potatoes
--1/2 yellow onion, diced
--1 stick of butter
--1 t salt
--1/4 t black pepper
--2 1/2 cups milk or cream (I tried to do a mixture of both, but discovered the milk had expired. So I used all heavy cream. I'm sorry, mom!)
--1 t dried sage
--1 1/2 cups of shredded gruyere cheese (swiss could work)
--1-2 handfuls of walnut halves (could be optional, but then you'd have to change the name)

The Directions.

--tell your husband to peel and cut the potatoes in 1/4 inch slices. Marvel at how exact he is. Make a mental note to have him do this more often.
--have him dice the onion too.
--melt butter in a microwavebale bowl, and slowly wisk in flour until there aren't any lumps.
--add the milk/cream to the butter and milk bowl.
--add all of your spices to the butter and milk bowl.
--spray the inside of your crockpot stoneware with a bit of cooking oil
--begin layering the potatoes, onion and the milk mixture in the crockpot
--layer until everything has been used up.
--shred all of the gruyere and dump on top of the potatoes, flattening if need-be with your hand.
--sprinkle with a bit more sage

--add a handful or two of walnut halves
--cover and cook on high for 3-5 hours.

I used my mom's 4 qt round Rival for this and it took exactly 4 hours, with perfectly tender potatoes.

The Verdict.

I only ate a bite or two of this, because I wasn't feeling very well. The reports from the family was that it was very good, very rich, and very buttery. I thought it needed a bit more salt; they thought not, but suggested less butter next time.

Thank you again, to Gluten-Free Bay!

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Shakadal said...
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Anonymous said...

Don't click the above link. It made my computer go crazy with spyware alerts.

kay said...

oh i have missed checking in on you!! this looks wonderful!!

Trish said...

Ah the has hit here too! I missed out on all the Easter Festivities! Hope you all are better soon.

Sharon said...

I have a question that doesn't apply to this recipe but it does involve Crock Pots. Is it not possible to make chili in the Crock Pot with dried beans? I have lots of dried beans and really want chili, but all the recipes I have found for Crock Pot Chili involve cans of beans. Do you have any advice? Or a recipe? Or am I just not looking in the right places on the internet?

Julie and Ben said...


I love your blog and I also enjoy using a crockpot. Do you use a liner or have any tricks for how you clean your crockpot? I would use mine more if it wasn't such a pain to clean. The food is always burned to the sides and I let it soak overnight but it is still pretty tough to scrub off.
Many thanks!!


Anonymous said...

i'm an idiot...i clicked on the first comment...shouldn't have...made a lot of gobbledeegook come up. drat. should've read #2 before i clicked. next time: look before leaping. lols don't like to be led astray. fie on the sender!! the potatos sound great.

geekypoet said...

Hi Steph,

This looks yummy - and if it's easy enough for the SO or DH to make all the better!

I do hope you start feeling better soon. I'm mentally sending you a big bowl of homemade soup and a hot cup of herbal tea.

Tammi said...

Do I dare say this? No one at my home has had the flu yet. I am holding my breath!

I sure hope you get to feeling better real soon.

Dana said...

Sorry to hear about the flu!

This looks yummy.

I'm trying your steak blue cheese roll up things tonight. Sure smells good!

Rick Rack Attack said...

I am SO bookmarking your blog!! I love love love my crockpot!!!

Stop by anytime. I'll get you a glass of iced tea & you can put your feet up. You've been busy!

Confession of an Apron Queen:

MSM said...

Just how many different crockpots do you have access to? This is going to stress me out because I only have ONE, like a normal person. . . . . but any excuse to buy a new appliance.......!

: ) : ) : )

EnchantedMusing said...

I SO totally hope you are feeling well soon. it SUCKS being sick!

please feel well soon, the weather is getting nice. i want you to enjoy it!

Canadian Saver said...

Definitely different! Sounds great :-)

hope you all feel better!

BethW said...

I have been looking for a good potatoes au gratin crock pot recipe and just tried one over the weekend that didn't cut it. I should have waited for you, O Crock Pot Mistress.

Now, if only you'd do black beans and rice ...

Crockpot Lady said...

ack! I'm so sorry about that icky spam spyware link. I hope nobody's computer went wonky for too long.

sharon, I will do chili with dry beans. I'll put it on my list. In the meantime, you can follow how to cook the beans for your favorite chili recipe the way I did for the beans and weenies.

julie, I emailed you with more specifics, but no, I don't use a liner. And (insert HUGE sacrifice to the cleaning gods) I haven't had too much trouble keeping my crock clean with just some soaking and dishwasher runs.

msm, I have a 6qt oval Rival and a 1.5 qt mini and I recently borrowed my moms 4qt round Rival. But my friends have all graciously said I could use theirs if I need to. So far the most I've had plugged in at one time was 3.

beth, black beans and rice--got it!


Anonymous said...

less butter??? What are they, Ailens??? Recipe sounds really good.

sharon said...

Thank you! I will check out the beans and weanies. And am looking forward to the chili. :)

Cari said...

I loved this recipe! Had to tweak it according to what I had at hand. No sage :( . Used whole milk only, added cayenne pepper and fontina instead of gruyere. It was DELICIOUS!! My whole family loved it, had seconds...and thirds and I'm making plans for a midnight snack.
Thank you!

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