November 4, 2015
“Each forkful oozes with cheese, and has a sweet, tangy bite from the red peppers. Comfort on your fork!”
Bring 2 quarts water and 2 teaspoons salt to a boil in a large pot. Add potatoes and cook for 10 minutes 10 Minutes to ‘blanch’. Drain and set aside.
Place sliced peppers on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Roast for approximately 20 minutes 20 Minutes until fork-tender. Set aside, cover and reserve liquid.
Melt butter in a small skillet over low heat, add shallots and sauté until tender and translucent. Add flour and mix well with butter/shallot mixture. ‘Cook’ flour for a few minutes until it is a golden colour and you can smell it (something like a short-bread cookie scent). Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Gradually add cream, stirring constantly as you pour to ensure that it doesn’t become ‘lumpy’. Next add chili flakes, pinch sea salt, black pepper, nutmeg and reserved liquid pepper liquid. Bring to a simmer and cook until chili flakes have begun to colour the cream pink, about 2 minutes 2 Minutes. Add half the cheese and stir until melted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Grease a baking dish with butter or oil. Layer a third of the potatoes (50/50 of both types) in a deep baking dish, overlapping if necessary. Scatter half the roasted peppers on top of potatoes. Sprinkle with cheese. Repeat until all peppers and potatoes and cheese have been used.
Pour cream mixture over potatoes and peppers; gently shake dish to distribute liquid. Cover with aluminum foil and bake on middle rack for 25 minutes 25 Minutes until potatoes are fork tender and completely cooked through. Uncover dish, sprinkle cheese over top, and place dish on top oven rack. Grill until cheese is bubbly and lightly browned on top, about 2-4 minutes 2 Minutes. Let the au gratin cool for at least 15 minutes 15 Minutes prior to serving. Enjoy.
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