Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Potato Lasagna. You Heard Me.

I came across this recipe in one of my cookbooks while I was looking for new dishes to try.  It didn't appeal to me at all.  But the fact that we still have potatoes from our garden to use, Jamey really likes potatoes and I had all the ingredients on hand guilt-ed me into adding it to my 'recipes to try' list.

I'm not a huge fan of potatoes.  I am a huge fan of lasagna which is why I did not think this could be very good.  Even as I was making it, I was sure it was going to be ho-hum.  I used stewed tomatoes instead of fresh ones (Our tomatoes lasted into December, but has anyone's lasted until now?) and I used a combination of cheddar and Swiss cheese instead of all cheddar.

Now, I'm a sucker for recipes that make my house smell good and this one did just that.  It was almost as if it was begging me to give it a chance, to keep an open mind.  But, still I was a pessimist.  When I pulled it from the oven and saw all the melted cheese and bubbly sauce, I think it was it's way of trying to woo me once again.  I stood firm.  I'm stubborn.

But, you know what?  Whether it was the wooing or the taste alone, this recipe won me over.  I actually enjoyed eating it.  I had seconds.  The kids liked it.  Jamey liked it.  And I'll fess-up here and admit it.

I really liked it.

This recipe looks complicated, but it's not. You do make your own sauce, but it's simple and the potatoes require very little prep.

Potato Lasagna (adapted slightly from Cooking Light Annual Recipes, 2002)
I scrubbed my baking potatoes well and left the skins on. 

1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 1/2 cups chopped tomato (or 1 pint stewed tomatoes, drained and chopped)
3 tbsp. tomato paste
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
14 1/2 ounces chicken or vegetable broth

1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/8 tsp. black pepper
3 cups thinly sliced baking potato (about 3 large)
1 1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet potato (about 1 large)
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

To prepare sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion and bell pepper.  Saute until tender.  Add tomato and remaining sauce ingredients.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.

To prepare potatoes, combine the salt, dried basil and pepper in a large bowl.  Add sliced potatoes and toss well.  Set aside.  In a smaller bowl, combine the shredded cheeses.  Set that bowl aside, too.

To assemble, spray the bottom of an 11 x 7 inch baking dish with cooking spray.  Lay about one third of the potato slices across the bottom.  Top with about one cup of sauce and a 1/2 cup of the cheese mixture.


Repeat these layers two more times, ending with cheese on top.  Cover tightly with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center potatoes glides in easily.   Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

The potatoes won this one, but they've got a lot of work to do if they ever want to hear me say, "I like potatoes."  Go ahead, taters.  Let's see what else you can do.

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  1. Yummalicious... I LOVE potatoes... and now this will be added to MY recipes to try list!

  2. This actually sounds so good to me. I'm going to the market to get the rest of the ingredients and I'll be making it tonight! Thanks for sharing...I am SO inspired to put a garden in this spring/summer...I'll be watching for more tips and recipes. Have a GREAT day:)

  3. Looks delicious. I'm not much of a sweet potato fan but love every other type of potato. I may borrow this recipe for my food blog but I'll give you credit for it. Thanks. www.mealsforreal.blogspot.com

  4. This is ingenious! Who wouldn't like all that cheese! I'm afraid to ask how many calories are in it though!

    I'm going to post a new recipe sometime this week in honor of your no-sugar diet. A dessert that uses only a little honey (for when you add that back in at a later time!).

  5. Read your interview over at Clover Lane...love your blog! I just may have to try this potato lasagna. If I may, I'd like to follow your blog. It speaks to me!

  6. You had me at 'left the peels', my kind of recipe.
    Yummola... I also love to make tomatoe sauce, love,love, love.
    I'm sure I'll be trying this one.
    And Amy...I'm with you on the cheese.

  7. Robyn, I have no idea what happened to your comment. I published it. I know I did.

    I haven't tried freezing this and I don't have a lot of experience with potatoes in general, let alone freezing them.

    Does anyone else have a suggestion? Should this freeze well? If so, should you bake it first and then freeze it or freeze it unbaked?

  8. So while walking the dog this evening my much better half was sharing your potato lasagna recipe with me. I had to stop by and take a look, and it does look good...really good. We hope to try it soon.

  9. clean and cook the taters first in hot water or just clean them up and cut them.

  10. Great recipe!!! Thank you for sharing! I will be making this for my neices and nephew tomorrow!


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