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  1. #1
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    May. 4, 2003

    Default Phew - just in time - recipe

    I want to serve scalloped potato for Thanksgiving this weekend (Canadian, btw). I've never made one that is tasty, just creamy enough, that did not separate and curdle. Mine are a disaster....Anybody?
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb. 3, 2000
    Nokesville, VA


    I don't have a specific recipe, but when you are cooking with milk, the curdling happens when the milk gets to hot (especially if it boils).

    So you may be cooking at too high a temperature.

    You can reduce the tendency to curdle by letting the potatoes sit in the milk for a while before it goes in the oven. Some of the starch from the potato dissolves into the milk, and that makes it less likely to curdle (that is why bread and butter pudding does not curdle, becuase of the starch from the bread).

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun. 23, 2011


    You have to parboil the potatos and then when the dish is assembled you cook at 300 - not above. This will keep from curdling your sauce. Parboiling means less oven time / less chance of curdling.

    I make mine roughly as follows....

    Parboil potatos
    Carmelize onions
    Start your cream sauce with a roux - equal parts butter and flour. Cook a few minutes before you add your milk / half and half. I use of those (so 1 cup of each). A pinch of nutmeg goes a long way in adding flavor to your cream sauce. 1/2 cup of a nice quality parmesan too.
    Assemble all in a big casserole and cook for 45 minutes.
    Sprinkle breadcrumbs that have been melted in butter over the top during the last 15 minutes of cooking for an extra decandant heart attack inducing finish.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov. 28, 2000
    Ontario, Canada


    I cheat.
    I buy President's Choice alfredo sauce in the jar, and pour that on,add some milk or 1/2&1/2 because the potatoes will soak up a lot of the sauce.
    Agree with precooking the potatoes as well.

    Lots of parmesan never hurts.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb. 26, 2011
    Just west of BFE


    My cousin makes one that curdles, but she layers the potatoes, milk and shredded cheese.

    I make a white sauce and melt cheese into it, then layer it and the potatoes in a buttered casserole, finishing with the cheese, seal in foil and bake it off. I take the foil off the last 15 minutes or so. Because DH actually likes the taste of boxed scalloped potatoes, I add a packet of dry French onion soup mix to my white sauce. Makes homemade taste like store bought

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May. 4, 2003


    Thanks so much, everyone. (Including that cheat, Fred - too busy petting AFR, I'll guess!)

    My reputation as a good cook will be saved. Just made butternut squash soup and it is good.

    The ham is sitting waiting....
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun. 7, 2002


    if you want the real thing, try this recipe - looks very similar to that one my grandmother used to make.
    Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!

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