Weeknights can often get a little crazy, so it's a good idea to have meals prepared in advance, for those nights when things seem out of control. In my opinion meatless meals seem to be the easiest to make-ahead; which is why I love these Cheesy Mushroom Leek Potatoes. Though they make a delicious side-dish they are also hearty enough to stand on their own as a meal.
Cheesy Potatoes With Mushrooms & Leeks
1/4 cup olive oil
2 leeks, chopped (white and pale green parts only)
1 pound crimini mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
2 cups heavy whipping cream salt & pepper to taste
1 cup Kerrygold Aged Cheddar, grated
1 cup Kerrygold Blarney Castle Gouda, grated
Heat the oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add leeks and sauté until soft and lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté until soft and all liquid evaporates. Season with salt & pepper. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Set aside. This can be made ahead.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine cream and potatoes in a large pot. Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove lid and simmer until cream is reduced by about half and potatoes are partially cooked, stirring often and watching closely to prevent mixture from burning, about 3 minutes. Season mixture with salt and pepper.
Brush 10 inch wide ceramic baking dish with oil. Place a layer of potato mixture in dish, spreading into an even layer. Spoon mushroom mixture over top and add half of the cheese. Spoon remaining potato mixture over, spreading in even layer. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. This can be done ahead.
When ready to bake cover with foil, tenting in center to prevent cheese from sticking to foil. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover; bake until potatoes are tender and top is brown, 20 to 25 minutes longer. Let rest 15-20 minutes before serving.
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