This Milk Calendar Hearty Sweet Potato Au Gratin is just one of the many great tasting, easy-to-make recipes available in the 2018 edition of the Milk Calendar by Dairy Farmers of Canada.
This post was kindly sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada for the #MilkCalendar campaign.
All opinions are mine.
Do you have it yet? The 41st edition of the Milk Calendar is out! It’s filled with nutritious, well-balanced dishes your family will love. Seasonal recipes, comfort food, summer barbecues, breakfasts, desserts and EVERYTHING in between, the 2018 Milk Calendar has it all. Want a copy? Read on.
Milk & Cheese
I was so excited when I was asked to take part in the #MilkCalendar campaign this year. My fridge is ALWAYS stocked with several varieties of cheese. I use it in delicious recipes for any meal of the day. When I want a snack, crackers and cheese are my “go to” options most days of the week.
Milk and cheese are great and healthy, nutritious food choices. When you choose products with the Dairy Farmers of Canada logo, you can be assured you and your family are consuming healthy, high quality, nutritious products made with 100% Canadian milk.
2018 Milk Calendar
In case you didn’t get one of these FANTASTIC calendars, don’t fret, I’ve got you covered. Visit MilkCalendar.ca to find out how to order a copy. Be sure to have a look at all the great online recipes and helpful videos too. I know lots of people who have been collecting these calendars for years.
I was so excited when I received mine. I immediately looked at all the mouth-watering recipes and beautiful photography. This calendar will make its way onto my fridge come January. Food writer/recipe developer Heather Trim has created 19 healthy, tasty recipes featuring local, sustainable ingredients for you and your family to enjoy. Why not make it a point to get your kids involved in meal planning? I know I love having my grandson help me in the kitchen. What a great way to get them on the right track to healthy eating.
Let’s get to the recipe, ‘cause it’s SOOOOO good. Like over the top delicious. I was thrilled when I was asked to recreate the January recipe Hearty Sweet Potato Au Gratin because I am a potato lover! There are never too many potato recipes in my books. Combine potatoes with milk and cheese, and you have a winning recipe every time.
I don’t know what the deal is with my hubby and kids, but no one likes scalloped potatoes. I happen to LOVE them, but I don’t make them often since I am the only person that eats them. Crispy Cast Iron Potatoes are always a hit, but I do miss soft potatoes covered in a milk sauce.
I think I have found the answer to this dilemma, Milk Calendar Hearty Sweet Potato Au Gratin. Thinly sliced sweet potatoes, covered in a cream sauce, topped with cheese. It was a HUGE hit. Not only did my family like it, they devoured it. Works for me! Now I get to enjoy a healthy, delicious version of scalloped potatoes anytime (but now I have to share).
This recipe is easy to make. Thinly slice some sweet potatoes. Quickly make a cream sauce. Layer the potatoes and sauce in a casserole dish. Bake, top with cheese and bake some more. You can use all sweet potatoes or add in some regular potatoes. For the cheese, well you have SO MANY options, in fact, you can make this dish taste different every time. Come to think of it, next time I will use smoked cheddar (yum). This is the perfect time to get the kiddos helping out, they can choose their favourite cheese and grate it.
This Milk Calendar Hearty Sweet Potato Au Gratin has already become a favourite here. I can’t wait to give all the other recipes in the calendar a try.
Milk Calendar Hearty Sweet Potato Au Gratin
- 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 cups 18% cream
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme (chopped)
- 1/2 cup Canadian cheddar (shredded)
Preheat oven to 375º F, and grease a 8x8 inch baking pan. Set aside.
Peel potatoes and carefully slice into 1/8 inch thick rounds. Set aside.
Grate/shred cheese. Set aside.
To make the Cream Sauce:
In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat.
Add garlic and salt. Stir 1 minute.
Whisk in flour until combined.
Gradually add cream, whisking until combined and smooth.
Bring to a boil, and heat until thickened (2-3 minutes), whisking occasionally. Remove from heat when done.
To layer the Sweet Potato Au Gratin:
Layer 1/2 the potatoes into the prepared baking dish.
Scatter 1/2 the chopped thyme on top.
Top with 1/2 the cream sauce.
Repeat with the potatoes, sauce and thyme.
Press down slightly to even out layers and get all potatoes covered in cream.
Cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes.
Take dish out of the oven, and remove foil.
Sprinkle grated cheese (and additional thyme if you like), and bake uncovered for 15 minutes until top is bubbly and deep golden brown.
Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes.
Have fun with this delicious recipe. You can use a combination of sweet potatoes and Yukon Gold. Also...try a different flavour of cheese.
**NOTE** To make cutting the potatoes easier, you can use a mandolin OR thinly cut a slice off the potato lengthwise, so that it will lay flat. Slice crosswise.