Let’s Make Walt Disney World’s Classic Au Gratin Potatoes!

Did everyone else arrive to the sudden and jarring realization previously this 7 days that Thanksgiving is subsequent Thursday? Be sure to convey to me that I’m not the only human being who awoke to this actuality and discovered it utterly alarming. How did some thing that transpires at the conclude of November arrive so suddenly? Sigh.

Just in situation you’ve woken up to the truth that Thanksgiving is upcoming Thursday and you’re in need of an additional side dish for the desk, may I humbly post today’s Saturday Treats recipe for your consideration? It hails from the Empress Lilly Riverboat, which was Paddlefish just before it was Paddlefish. Lillian Disney herself christened the riverboat-formed cafe, and we have the prospect this weekend to re-produce a single of its common recipes. And, in my opinion, if you’re hunting for a starch to accompany those marshmallow-protected sweet potatoes, the Empress Lilly’s Au Gratin Potatoes from Mouth watering Disney Walt Disney Earth: Recipes & Stories from the Most Magical Put on Earth would be a perfect preference. And an quick preference. When we’re previously UP TO OUR LITERAL ELBOWS in food items prep, that’s a get-gain. We need to have all the yummy and uncomplicated we can get.

The 1st position to get started is in the make aisle. There I stood in entrance of the russet potatoes wanting to know yet again just which sizing is which. The recipe asks that we use two substantial baking potatoes, so I picked out two of the largest types that Publix experienced. As I sit in this article now on the other side of creating the recipe, I have to have to question you to action away from people gigantic potatoes. Buy them when you are on the lookout to make a substantial loaded baked potato for today’s Au Gratin Potatoes, you just have to have two common potatoes. 1 potato, two potato, and quit there. Not as well substantial, and not way too small. Understand from my mistake and leave the huge kinds for one more situation.

The recipe calls for you and I to bake the potatoes ahead of time and make it possible for them to interesting in the fridge afterward. I preheated the oven to 375 degrees and scrubbed up my way way too large potatoes. You want to make certain to poke every single potato many situations with a fork just before positioning them in the oven. Got some early holiday getaway disappointment already crafted up? Stab people potatoes (bless their hearts) and experience the rigidity leave your process. It is low cost treatment, good friends.

When the oven arrived at the suitable temp, I popped the potatoes in and established the timer for 60 minutes. When the timer sounded, I positioned the potatoes in the fridge to interesting absolutely.

Here’s portion of the magnificence of this recipe: all those potatoes can dangle out in the fridge for as extended as you want them to, within just motive, of study course. I baked them through the afternoon and then proceeded with the recipe that night. It was lovely getting all those potatoes in the fridge so that I was ready to roll into the upcoming steps when it was time to throw supper together. If you’re assembling the dish for Thanksgiving, you can bake the potatoes forward of time and continue on when it is closer to food time.

My initial move was to peel and grate the potatoes. I was not exactly guaranteed how the peeling method was heading to go with potatoes that were being baked, but it was truly simple and the peel arrived off devoid of fuss. As soon as the potatoes were being peeled, I grabbed my grater and started grating them. They shredded simply, with only a couple greater chunks breaking off here and there.

I quickly arrived to the realization that my potatoes were being way way too big when I surveyed the vast amount of money of grated potato that was accumulating on the plate that I was employing. I rapidly grabbed a bowl and transferred the shredded potatoes into it. Person, that is a whole lot of potato. But nevertheless, I persisted.

After I experienced both of those potatoes grated, I turned my consideration to grating the demanded 3 tablespoons of cheddar cheese. I washed my grater and swiftly had the cheese prepared to go.

The recipe now asks us to place 1 cup of 50 percent-and-half into a little saucepan.

Upon surveying what was likely to ultimately be positioned in the pan, I immediately realized that the saucepan need to be something but smaller. We’re heading to put 1 cup of 50 %-and-fifty percent into that pan along with the 2 shredded potatoes. There was no way that all of that potato was fitting in just about anything but a significant pan.

Also, it is value noting that the recipe states that we can include a tablespoon of finely grated onion into the pan together with the cup of fifty percent-and-half if we so motivation. Given that it was optional, I made the decision to skip the onion. Following time that I make the dish, I’ll likely use a little bit of onion powder instead.

Now’s the best time to start out preheating your oven to 350 degrees so that when everything’s combined and ready to go, you can pop that dish straight into the oven.

I also took a moment to butter an 8 x 8-inch Pyrex dish. Here’s yet another adjustment that I’ll make next time: the pan.

I’m generally very keen on checking and double checking the dimensions of the pan that is needed for every recipe, but when I looked at the accompanying image and noticed that a 1-quart dish was asked for, I assumed that an 8 x 8 was what was desired. Umm, nope. I meant to double check, but wholly forgot. I realized all way too late that an 8 x 8 pan is basically a 2-quart selection, which sent me to my knees to root as a result of my cabinet in a vain endeavor to discover a 1-quart sized pan. Brain you, I experienced already loaded the 8 x 8 dish and it was at the moment baking absent in my oven. But I just experienced to know what specifically a 1-quart dish appeared like. My 9-inch loaf pan? 1 1/2 quarts. Maybe 1-quart dishes have been easily employed in the 70s when this recipe was designed, but they are nowhere to be discovered appropriate about now. My 8 x 8 would just have to do.

We’re to deliver the mixture in the pan to just right before boiling, but, even though standing at the stove waiting around for the liquid to appear up to temp, I started examining my perform email. And you guessed it: the next issue I knew, that fifty percent-and-half was boiling like crazy. It went from zero to sixty in no time flat, and I pulled it off of the burner as rapid as I could. And I hoped that I hadn’t absolutely ruined the whole enchilada.

I additional 1/2 teaspoon of coarse salt, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of celery salt to the half-and-50 percent. And I included my enormous heap of grated baked potato.

I blended all the things until eventually merged, and my hunch was confirmed: that one particular cup of fifty percent-and-fifty percent did not go really considerably when up against all that potato. Nonetheless, I experienced hope.

I scooped the potato mixture into the buttered dish and topped everything with the 3 tablespoons of grated cheddar cheese. Close friends, if I had my druthers, I’d pile on a cup of grated cheese, but I caught with the recipe. Probably it would be enough…

I placed the dish in the oven, established the timer for 20 minutes, and proceeded to make the rest of supper.

The recipe tells us that we need to permit the dish to bake for 15-20 minutes, or till browned and bubbly. My potatoes weren’t reaching “bubbly” (owing, I’m absolutely sure, to my prolific use of potato), and I moved the dish to the major rack to see if it would brown. I did not convert on the broiler, nevertheless I know that that would’ve browned the full thing in two seconds flat. I just did not want to dry out the dish any extra than I feared it already was.

Soon after a number of supplemental minutes, the dish seemed terrific and I made a decision to pull it out of the oven. Pals, this smelled so fantastic. I had great expectations.

The Au Gratin Potatoes had been delectable. The cheese on major melted and coated the prime just adequate. The potatoes on their own? Creamy and, many thanks to the celery salt, just a tad earthy.

The following time I make this recipe, I’ll naturally use lesser potatoes, and so allow for the potatoes to be even creamier than they have been this time. I’ll also be on the lookout for a 1-quart dish so that factors are dispersed as the recipe endorses.

All in all, this dish is definitely Thanksgiving desk-deserving. It is so good. There is just some thing magically Drop about potatoes, cheddar cheese, and half-and-half. It just will make sense. And it would make for a delightful aspect dish.

As we have learned above the earlier year and a 50 %, at times Disney side dishes make for the nicest weekend treats. Leftover Au Gratin Potatoes, any one? Depend me in.

On a facet observe, very last Saturday’s Wine State Wild Berry Cobbler is on the quick checklist for my Thanksgiving desk. I was so enamored with it when I manufactured it past 7 days, and cobbler for Thanksgiving dessert just appears to be proper. With a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream, of study course. The video of me creating the cobbler will be introduced this morning, and I’ll website link it right here when it’s up. Never skip the opportunity to watch Fiasco and me gobble up Significant scoops of cobbler on the patio of a DVC villa. Ha ha. Ahem.

Pals, the phrase “thankful” does not lower it when I assume of you. I am so grateful that you have stopped by to read through this, and I hope that your Thanksgiving is stuffed with all of the really finest. You deserve it.

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Ready to try out your hand at Empress Lilly Riverboat Au Gratin Potatoes? The recipe is down below:

Au Gratin Potatoes

The EMPRESS LILLY RIVERBOAT, moored on the shores of what is now Disney Springs, was named for Walt’s wife, Lillian, who was affectionately regarded as Lilly. On May possibly 1, 1977, Lilly attended the dedication of the three-cafe attraction with 5 of her and Walt’s grandchildren. At the time, the vessel’s Empress Place was the most tasteful eating knowledge at Walt Disney Globe. It shut on April 22, 1995, and now is the property to Paddlefish.

  • 2 substantial baking potatoes
  • 1 cup fifty percent-and-fifty percent
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated onion, optional
  • 3 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake potatoes 50 to 60 minutes or until comfortable adequate to pierce with a fork. Refrigerate to neat, then peel and coarsely grate.
  2. Convey fifty percent-and-half just about to a boil in a compact saucepan in excess of medium warmth. Incorporate salt, pepper, celery salt, and onion. Blend in grated potatoes.
  3. Lower oven warmth to 350 degrees. Spoon potatoes into buttered 1-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until browned and bubbly.