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Scalloped Potatoes

When I lived in the States, if I wanted to eat scalloped potatoes, I always just got a box mix, and it was easy.  With most things, I learned how to make them from scratch so I could eat them when I traveled, but recipes for scalloped potatoes weren’t common, and I never just ran into one when I was experimenting so much.  My daughter and I began talking, and I told her I thought I had figured out how to make scalloped potatoes, and she encouraged me to make them.  Today, I actually made scalloped potatoes for the first time without a box mix.  This is what I did:

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I peeled enough potatoes to fill my pan.
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I cut the potatoes up in thin slices.
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I put the potato slices back in the baking pan.

I can’t really tell you how many potatoes to start with because here in Korea the potatoes are not always very big.  I peeled several small potatoes.  I sliced the potatoes in thin peices.

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I set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Next, I set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

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I melted about 4 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan.
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I added enough flour to the butter to make a sauce.

 

While the oven was heating, I made the sauce.  I began by putting about 4 tablespoons of butter in a sauce pan.  After I melted the butter, I added enough flour to make a paste and continued heating it.

This is the point that you need to add the milk, when the butter and flour are hot and bubbly.

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When the butter and flour was hot and bubbly, I added two cups of milk.
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I added the milk slowly using a wire whip to keep the lumps out.

When the flour and butter paste was bubbly, I added 2 cups of milk.  I used my wire whip and slowly added the milk so it wouldn’t lump.

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I added a teaspoon of onion powder to the sauce.

When I had all the milk in the sauce, I added a teaspoon of onion spice and salted the sauce.

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I poured the sauce over the sliced potatoes and mixed it in.

When the sauce was done, I poured it over the potatoes.  I mixed the sauce into the potato slices.

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I covered the potatoes with tin foil and put it in the oven with tin foil over it for an hour.

I covered the potatoes with tin foil and put it in the oven. I cooked it for one hour.

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After an hour, I took the tin foil off.

After an hour, I took the tin foil off the potatoes and let it bake for another thirty minutes.

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I let it bake for 30 minutes without the tin foil on it, and it was finished.

We had a nice dinner of pork chops, scalloped potatoes, and sweet peppers. Everyone was happy.

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