Hearty Potato Casserole

The sun just went down, and I am sitting in bed, watching an episode of the Bachelor

with a glas of Californian red wine. I miss California so much, and drinking wine from Napa makes me feel a little closer to this special place. I am sure a lot of you guys just gagged, when I mentioned the Bachelor but as I said in one of my prior posts, I am suffering from a severe case of bad tv taste. Anyway, enough about my super girly addiction. Let's talk food.

I love comfort food but I also want to eat healthy. So I try to make a few healthy adjustments to my meals. So instead of making a regular potato casserole, I came up with this salmon-leak-potato casserole. I left the skin on the potatoes in order to add more fiber. Fiber helps me to avoid sudden hunger attacks throughout my day. Here's the recipe:

10 small potatoes, with skin

1 1/3 cup onion, diced

2 2/3 cups leak, chopped

2 Tbsp butter

1 1/3 cup sour cream

2-3 tsp white vinegar

1 tsp white pepper

1 clove garlic minced

5 Tbsp parmesan, grated

1/3 cup water

Pinch brown sugar 

2/3 cups milk

Nutmeg, 2 pinches

1/2 carrot unpeeled, thinly sliced

Freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste (about 1/2 Tbsp)

Grated cheese, to taste

Salt, to taste

1/4 cup smoked salmon (Stremel), chopped

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius  (320 degrees Fahrenheit). If you are NOT using a convection oven, raise the temperature about 20 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit). Boil the potatoes with their skin. Meanwhile add butter, leak, onions, and garlic to a separate pan, and sweat them several minutes. Don't let them turn brown, they should remain pale.

After about 5 minutes, add sour cream, milk, water, pepper, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, parmesan, sugar, nutmeg. Stir briefly. Then remove the pan from the heat, and set it aside. To a ceramic oven proof pan, add the potatoes (medium sized pieces), raw sliced carrots, salmon, and the sauce you prepared. Combine everything evenly. Add grated cheese on top, and bake the casserole for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top. 

Love, Peppa.