Step away from the cheddar; these Scalloped Potatoes with Garlic, Jack Cheese and Thyme are amazing!
I know, it’s been awhile. I took a much needed break for a week and a half and I know I really should be sharing a nice, low calorie salad with you today; it’s what we all do in January right? But I have to punt and instead give you this recipe for Garlic Jack Scalloped Potatoes with Thyme, arguably some of the best potatoes I have EVER had.
It came about simply enough. My children are grown and live on opposite coasts (and seriously that is just WRONG!). But I digress…neither were coming home for Christmas so I accepted an invitation to join my neighbors for shrimp and salad on Christmas Eve.
Of course I offered to bring something and I spied potatoes in my pantry while on the phone with Amy so suggested a potato dish and she thought that perfect.
I keep a pretty well stocked pantry and fridge so of course I expected to find what I needed when I got down to it the next day. I was wrong. There not only wasn’t any cheddar cheese in sight; there was NO cheese in sight. Going out to the grocery store on Christmas Eve Day might rein on my list of NEVER so I was a bit verklempt.
Then I remembered that another neighbor had given me a holiday bag of goodies from Harry & David and I recalled it had some cheese in it. Hallelujah!! It wasn’t cheddar but I was desperate so I decided to try it with Harry & David’s Garlic Jack Cheese. Oh. My. Forget cheddar, I mean it.
These were flat out the most delicious dish of scalloped potatoes I have EVER had! They’ve always been good with some sauteed onion and garlic combined with chicken stock and thyme but this cheese simply took them over the top to a whole different place. I call that place Nirvana.
I admit, I’ve written the recipe using more garlic and regular Monterey Jack Cheese because the Garlic Jack is not a regular grocery item. See the Recipe Notes for more detail if you happen to have some.
How good were they? Indescribable really. But if you like garlic like I do…you can probably imagine how amazing the sauce was. My friend Amy had four helpings and honestly was the one who proclaimed them the best potatoes ever. To be honest, I did not have time to do my typical photo shoot and hadn’t really planned on sharing this recipe until AFTER we ate them and loved them so much.
So that small bowl above? That was leftovers from a big pan I made. I left some with Amy and she put her money where her mouth was. She told me later she had some of these Garlic Jack Scalloped Potatoes with Thyme for Christmas breakfast too. Like all of them. I do love an enthusiastic eater!
I suppose I could have held onto this recipe and shared it for Easter but I could not wait. You shouldn’t either. Don’t invite too many to join you though. I promise you won’t be sorry; you’re not going to want to share either.
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Assuming that locating a block of cheese included in a Harry & David gift basket would be unduly difficult; I've modified this recipe to include additional garlic and some parsley which was one of their ingredients. Should you happen to find some and want to use it then reduce the garlic to 4 cloves and eliminate the parsley in the ingredients list. The nutritional information is computer-generated and only an estimate.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 361Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 599mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 13g
Assuming that locating a block of cheese included in a Harry & David gift basket would be unduly difficult; I've modified this recipe to include additional garlic and some parsley which was one of their ingredients. Should you happen to find some and want to use it then reduce the garlic to 4 cloves and eliminate the parsley in the ingredients list.
The nutritional information is computer-generated and only an estimate.