Boulangere Potatoes

Somewhere along the way the potato got a bad wrap. Not in Ireland—they’ve always loved them there and even have a National Potato Day—but ever since some bright spark decided carbohydrates were the enemy, the potato has taken a hit. And no one ever calls you a Couch Carrot or a Couch Cantaloupe!

(If you haven’t heard about the awesomeness of carbs, check out these two articles: Conquering Diabetes with Carbohydrates and Why Starch Should be at the Center of Your Plate.)

But what other food “plays” so well with others, can be prepared in so many ways, is as healthy, affordable and readily available, or as satisfying and delicious? And have you ever noticed that no matter how many potatoes you eat you don’t get sick of them?

This creamy potato dish is a great alternative to traditional scalloped potatoes, which tend to be high in fat. Serve as a side dish or as a main meal with a salad. It really does make everything else on your plate taste better!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 leek, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 9 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, fresh flat-leaf parsley, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried

Instructions: 

Preheat the oven to 350º F. Put the leek, onion, celery, shallots, and garlic in a large dry saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the onion starts to brown, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the granulated garlic and granulated onion and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the broth, increase the heat to medium-high, and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half.

Add the potatoes and stir until well combined. Decrease the heat to low and cook, stirring constantly so the potatoes don’t stick together, until the potatoes are translucent, about 15 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley and thyme. Transfer to 13×9-inch baking dish and bake uncovered for about 25 minutes, until the potatoes are golden brown and fork-tender. Serve hot.

Photo by Eco-Vegan Gal

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