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Old 12-18-2008, 11:59 AM   #11
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I would think that melting it ahead of time would cause the fats to separate and run off, where as the dot would give the potatoes time to absorb the butter as it slowly melts.
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Old 12-18-2008, 12:01 PM   #12
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Take into consideration that the potatoes under the butter have to heat up so the butter will melt slower. I have several cake recipes (dump cake for example) where you also dot the butter. I also think melted butter would run all over and make the top soggy, but once again, I am just supposing.
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I would think that melting it ahead of time would cause the fats to separate and run off, where as the dot would give the potatoes time to absorb the butter as it slowly melts.
Now that is what I was TRYING to say. Thanks padams.
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Old 12-18-2008, 01:17 PM   #14
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If your butter is cold or frozen you can use the large part of a cheese grater.
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Old 12-18-2008, 01:21 PM   #15
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Thanks again. I never thought of the potatoes slowly absorbing the butter as it melts.
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Old 12-18-2008, 01:31 PM   #16
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Oh I love scalloped potatoes.

My idea is we "dot" the butter so it slowly melts and mixes with the butter and flour better. I don't know if this is true but.. it's what I've always thought.
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Old 12-18-2008, 02:04 PM   #17
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lol those were a dissaster. I kept the potatoes in the oven on gas mark 4 for about an hour and they still came out tough and kinda raw. did I do sometihng wrong?

basically got a lasagne dish, cut potatoes in to about cm wide slices. layed them out, sprinckled with flour and seasoning, onion, butter and cheese, laid another layer out, did the same and the the final layer. Poured about two cups of milk in there. and covered everything with foil.
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Old 12-18-2008, 02:13 PM   #18
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I always par-boil my mandolin sliced potatoes first, then assemble the casserole dish. A serving for 4 usually takes about 30-35 minutes in a 350 deg. oven. I also carmelize the onion in a seperate pan and let them cool a bit before putting the main dish together. Grated cheese, heavy cream, salt & pepper.

Edit: Oh, I like red bliss for that.
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For us silly people.. ALX how hot is an oven set at 4?

I bake mine for about an hour at 350...

I put down a layer of sliced potatoes
sprinkle with ham, diced onion, salt, pepper, cheddar cheese, and a little flour.
then dot with butter
Another layer of sliced potatoes
Another layer of ham, onion, salt, pepper, cheese and flour, dot with butter
Another layer of potatoes, cheese, salt, pepper, flour, dot with butter. ( can add more ham if you want)

Add some milk...

cover and bake for 45 minutes
uncover test potatoes for softness
if they are soft I top them with a mixture of cheddar and swiss cheese
and bake again until cheese is nice and melted.
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Old 12-18-2008, 03:29 PM   #20
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Those recipes sound good.

Love the idea of carmelizing the onions Jeeks.
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