Since starting this blog it’s been no secret that I am a carb addict! Back before I started learning to eat healthy it wasn’t unusual for me to cook up pasta to make lasagna and then for Matt to walk into the kitchen and find me eating the left over noodles. I was that addicted to carbs.
Slowly but surely I’ve been working on reducing the amount in my diet, but there are some forms that I truly miss. One such form is scalloped potatoes. Full of cheesy and creamy goodness, I can’t really justify making a big pan of it for just Matt and I, because then I’d be tempted to eat the whole thing!
First thing though, this recipe called for A LOT of butter! After reading the comments I cut this down by more than half. Also I used less cheese, and 2% milk for the half and half. I also subbed 1 and 1/2 pieces of bacon for the ham. All in all these turned out great! Also the nutritional stats for the version I made are really quite good, and if I only eat 2 of these and pair it with a huge salad I’m able to eat the comfort food…and not feel guilty afterwards.
So here’s my take on this recipe. First I nuked one medium sized potato in the microwave for about 7 minutes until is was squishy but not fully cooked. I then but a tiny bit of butter in the bottom of each tin (I made six). I then place one slice of my potato, some green onion a bit of bacon and a bit of cheese. Then I just repeated the process for the second layer. I added 1 tablespoon of milk to each tin and then topped with a bit more butter. I then popped these in the oven for 20 minutes or so, while I made the salads. For salads tonight I used a mix of romaine hearts and spinach for the base. I then topped it with shredded carrots, red pepper, onion, celery, a bit of left over bacon, and some left over cheese. I served this with some red pepper and parmesan dressing we bought a while back, and enjoyed this large salad along with 2 of the scalloped potatoes! Now for the nutritional stats on the scalloped potatoes!Around 110 calories per scalloped potato muffin tin really isn’t that bad! I think next time I might decrease the butter a bit more because there was plenty in the tin to prevent sticking. Other than that, I’m looking foreword to trying different toppings in this recipe. Anyone have any ideas for great mix ins?
Well it’s been a really busy week, and my body is craving sleep! I’ll try to post again tomorrow, I have a really simple pasta dish to share with you all!