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Spicy Scalloped Potato: Heat Up Your Side Dish

Scalloped Potatoes are a well-loved side dish. They’re known for their comforting, creamy flavor and cheesy layering. This dish can be elevated to a higher level by adding a touch of spice. If you would like to add a little heat to your table, this scaled potatoes recipe will do the trick. This post offers preparation advice and a comprehensive recipe for hot scaled potatoes.

Ingredients Of Spicy Scalloped Potatoes

You will need the following ingredients to prepare this delicious side:

  • Peel and thinly slice 4 large russets
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • One medium onion
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Cup grated pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 14 teaspoon cayenne
  • 14 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Add salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheating the Oven
  • Preheat your oven to 375degF: To avoid sticking, butter or cooking spray should be used to grease the 9×13-inch dish.
  1. Prepare Potatoes
    • Peel the potatoes: Cut them into small slices using a knife or mandoline. To ensure even cooking, aim to cut the potatoes into slices about 1/8″ thick.
  2. Make spicy cream sauce
    • While the pan is on medium heat, melt the butter. Following the addition of the chopped red onion, cook for five minutes over medium heat. Incorporate the minced garlic cloves and continue cooking for an additional minute.
    • Add the heavy crème and milk to a saucepan. Mix well. Gradually bring the mixture to a simmer.
    • Add paprika (or cayenne), red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper to the sauce. Stir to fully incorporate the spices. Allow the mix to simmer for about a minute until it begins to thicken.
  3. Layer Potatoes
    • Stack the potato slices in the baking dish that has been preheated. Pour some of the spicy sauce cream on top of the potatoes. Spread it out evenly. Sprinkle a handful of shredded cheddar and Pepper Jack cheese over the creamy sauce.
    • Repeat the layering procedure with the remaining cheese, potatoes, and sauce. Finish off with another generous layer of cheese.
  4. How to Bake a Dish
    • Place the baking dish into a preheated, covered oven. Take off the foil and bake the potatoes for an additional twenty to thirty minutes.
    • To make sure the potatoes have cooked all the way through, insert the fork or the knife into the center. The potatoes will be done if they slide in easily.
  5. Garnish
    • Before serving, take the potatoes off of the fire and let them to cool for one minute. The sauce will thicken if you do this.
    • Garnish it with freshly chopped parsley and add a pop of color.

Tips for Customizing Your Spicy Scalloped Potatoes

  • Adjust The Heat Level: Reduce the amount of red pepper and cayenne. For those who prefer extra heat, add chopped jalapeno or some hot sauce to the cream sauce.
  • Cheese Variations: Pepper jack, cheddar, and other cheeses can be used to create a tasty and spicy dish. Goudas, Monterey Jacks, and even hot blue cheeses may infuse your food with fresh flavors.
  • Add Proteins: To make a dish more filling, add cooked ham, bacon, or sausage to the layers. These can add a smoky depth and flavor to your scalloped vegetables.
  • Spices: Add herbs such as rosemary, oregano, or thyme to improve the flavor profile of your cream sauce. A pinch or two of smoked paprika adds a subtle smokey flavor to complement the spice.
  • Vegetable Substitutions: Sliced bell peppers and mushrooms can enhance the nutritional value of the dish. Add these vegetables to the potato slices to create a richer dish.

Why Add Spice to Your Meals?

The scalloped potatoes may be transformed into a tasty meal with a unique taste profile by adding some spice. Spicy foods have been known to enhance your dining experience and stimulate your appetite. The spice heat is a perfect match for the creamy cheese sauce, creating an incredibly satisfying side dish.

Conclusion

This scalloped potatoes recipe, with a twist of spice, is great for those who are looking to add some heat to their meal. The combination of creamy sauce, melted cheesy, and spicy spices creates a dish that is both comforting and exciting. You can serve these potatoes as a side with a holiday roast. Make the recipe your own and enjoy the wonderful contrasts of flavors and textures.

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