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Asiago and Sage Scalloped Potatoes
© Fredrika Stjärne

Asiago and Sage Scalloped Potatoes

  • SERVINGS: 8
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • VEGETARIAN

Wisconsin produces very good versions of Asiago, the hard cheese with a slightly sharper flavor than Parmesan. Sanford D'Amato recommends the Stella brand.

  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  4. 2 imported bay leaves
  5. 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  6. Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  7. 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  8. 1/2 cup milk
  9. 1 cup freshly grated Asiago cheese (about 3 ounces), preferably aged
  10. 1 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  11. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  12. 2 1/2 tablespoons finely shredded fresh sage leaves
  13. 2 1/2 pounds medium Idaho potatoes, peeled and sliced lengthwise 1/8 inch thick
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Melt the butter in a large heavy saucepan. Add the onions and cook over high heat, stirring, until golden, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, bay leaves, nutmeg, 1 tablespoon coarse salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper and cook for 30 seconds. Add the heavy cream and milk and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss the cheese with the bread crumbs, olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon of the sage, 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss the cheese with the bread crumbs, olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon of the sage, 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  4. Remove the bay leaves from the onion mixture and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons sage. Put the sliced potatoes in a large bowl, add the onion mixture and toss gently. Spread half of the potatoes and liquid in a 2-quart nonreactive baking dish and sprinkle 2/3 cup of the cheese bread crumbs over the top. Cover with the remaining potatoes and press firmly to pack them down. Spoon the remaining liquid over the potatoes and cover with the remaining bread crumbs.
  5. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 1 hour, or until the potatoes are tender and the top is golden; if they brown too quickly, loosely cover the dish with foil.
Make Ahead The potatoes can be baked up to 5 hours ahead; let stand at room temperature. Rewarm in the oven before serving.