Cheesy Potatoes and Onions

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When I think of comfort foods, I immediately think  cozy, warm and delicious. It’s something about coming home from a long hard day at work or cold wintry weather that sparks this feeling. You know  that feeling….the need for something that is hearty and good. So what’s better than potatoes? Potatoes with cheese and onions, duh???

This is a simple recipe, I literally used ingredients from my fridge and pantry, mixed and baked. That’s it! The simple things in life like reading or just hanging out with my daughters,  make me so happy… well this dish is right up there with that!  What I like about this dish is, it can be prepared the night before and baked the next day. I like to add in left over ham or chicken to make it a meal in one.

The next time you have a gathering with family and friends, make this dish, add a mixed green salad and set the table family style. There’s something about good food bringing everyone together. This yummy awesomeness will quickly become a comfort food staple in your family.

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Yields 12-14 servings

Ingredients:

6-8 thinly sliced medium potatoes (can use red potatoes)

1 large thinly sliced onion ( rings separated)

6-8 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese ( can use cheese slices),  plus 8 oz

3/4 tsp salt

3/4 tsp cracked or ground black pepper

dash of paprika

1/4 cup of butter

1/4 cup of all purpose flower

3 cups of warm milk

Finely chopped chives for garnish

Layer about a one-third of the potatoes, one-third of the onion rings and one-third of the cheese in a lightly greased 13×9 baking pan. Sprinkle salt, pepper and a a dash of paprika. Repeat layers twice  with remaining potatoes, onions, cheese, salt, pepper and paprika. Top with shredded cheddar cheese.

Melt butter in a small sauce pan over low heat, add in the flour and whisk until smooth for about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk until its smooth. Remove mixture from heat and pour over the potato mixture.

Bake at 400 degrees for -45 minutes oruntil potatoes are tender and or golden brown, Let the dish stand for 10-12 minutes, then serve.

Note: If adding meat, make sure the meat is cooked  before hand.