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Old 08-29-2016, 01:47 PM   #1
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Want to add stuff to scalloped taters

so last night i mad 3 cheese scalloped potatoes and they came out really good ( yes the box kind), but something was calling that it could use more add ons.

something along the lines of pizza cheese and pepperoni mixed in or on top. i am curious though as to when and where to add the peperoni at some point.

i know pepperoni bleeds grease and flavor. would the grease ruin the structuree or mix of the taters or add flavor to it or would you just keep it on top?

another thing i want to try adding on would be a surface crust made up of chicken in biskit crushed crackers. i dont know if it would burn on top or if i would have that in between the top of the taters with pizza cheese above it.

any ideeas would be helpfull to help me structure this thing.

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Old 08-29-2016, 02:23 PM   #2
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Hey, rocky That sounds interesting. re: the pepperoni, I would pre-cook it a bit and drain off as much grease as possible. A minute or two in the microwave on a paper-towel-lined plate should do it. I would then layer it into the potato layers.

For the topping, toss the crumbs with a little melted butter and sprinkle it on for the last 20 minutes of baking . That will be enough to brown it without burning.
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Hi Rocky. I agree with GotGarlic's suggestion of pre-cooking the pepperoni a bit to get rid of the excess grease.

By 'pizza cheese', do you mean mozzarella? You could layer the lightly cooked and drained pepperoni on top, sprinkle with the mozzarella, and put it under the broiler for a minute or two (watch it carefully) at the end of the baking time.

Another alternative would be to add crumbled cooked (and drained) bulk sausage to the mix and bake according to directions. Add some cheese and bread or cracker crumbs on top 15 or 20 minutes before it's done baking.
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:48 PM   #4
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Given the resources, I've added chopped/sliced ham, and cheese, layered throughout scalloped potatoes and a good amount of black pepper lends itself to them as well. Since I start with raw potatoes, I cover the pan tightly with foil to keep the top from browning too much.
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:52 PM   #5
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Yes, scalloped potatoes with ham and peas is one of our winter favorites.
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Yes, scalloped potatoes with ham and peas is one of our winter favorites.
Peas really?
DH requested peas in his tuna salad, really? They weren't half bad.
I like peas I just never would have thought to add them to scalloped potatoes either.
I never realized I grew up in such a pea deprived environment.
I'll have to give that a shot.
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I am not sure but it looks the same as potatis gratäng and I used to chopped chorizo, onion, bacon fry first and then mix into the pre made one and then mozzarella on top.
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Peas really?
DH requested peas in his tuna salad, really? They weren't half bad.
I like peas I just never would have thought to add them to scalloped potatoes either.
I never realized I grew up in such a pea deprived environment.
I'll have to give that a shot.
My DH loves peas. They do add a nice pop of sweetness to a rich casserole.
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I like that crusty brown goodness you find along the top of the casserole. So putting some crushed crackers on top may enhance this. Try mixing in a little fresh or dried thyme &/or sage in the sauce too.
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Oooh yes, ham is a good addition, too. When I make a scalloped potato casserole with ham, I add broccoli. Peas are a good idea, too - will have to remember that. Anything green to add a pop of color and veggie goodness.
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