There are so many versions of cheesy potatoes out there. I’ve had many. I can’t say that I really have a favorite. Usually I prefer a creamy saucy kind. But I happened to have a block of Velveeta cheese in my fridge and thought hmmmm. I know a lot of people don’t consider Velveeta a real cheese and they wouldn’t think of eating it. But I grew up with this stuff. My dad would make open-faced grilled cheese sandwiches topped with a tomato slice. M-m-mmm-mm, or what could be better than mac and cheese made with Velveeta!
Anyway, this is a really easy cheesy potato dish. It’s simple, but really rich and good. You can always jazz it up by adding some bacon, green onions, chiles, etc.
Easy Cheesy Potatoes
4 medium size potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cups milk
1 1/2 cup cubed Velveeta cheese
Spray a baking dish with a non stick cooking spray. Layer in the potato slices.
Melt butter in a saucepan and whisk in the flour until smooth. Add the milk and bring to a simmer. Add 1 cup of the cheese and stir until the cheese is melted. Your sauce should be nice and smooth. Pour the mixture over the potatoes. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cubed cheese on top. Cover the pan with foil. Bake at 350 degrees 45 minutes. If you want a browned top, remove the foil and bake an additional 15 minutes.
Well, we are approaching summer time! What goes with summer? Ice cream! I’m practicing for summer. Ha!
Who doesn’t like a hot fudge sundae. But ya gotta start with a good fudge sauce. Not just any fudge sauce. I like the kind that’s sticky and chewy. Like when it hits the ice cream, it firms up a bit and is like chewy chocolate yum-ness. Have you had that kind of fudge sauce? You don’t want the runny kind that just slides off your ice cream. So, that’s why you just have to try this fudgy goodness.
It makes great gifts. Imagine a cute little (or huge) jar filled with fudge sauce, in a gift basket. You could include an ice cream scooper, maybe some nuts or a jar of cherries, or some sprinkles. Oh! and a couple of cute ice cream sundae bowls! Is that a great gift idea or what!! Ok, please feel free to send me one! hahahha, just kidding.
This fudge topping is super inexpensive to make. It’s also very easy. You will make it again and again. I know you will love this stuff.
Sticky Chewy Fudge Sauce
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
6 Tblsp cocoa powder
3 Tblsp corn syrup
1/4 cup milk or half and half
1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)
In a saucepan, add everything but the vanilla. Stir over medium heat until butter is melted and sauce is smooth. Bring to a boil. As soon as it boils, reduce the heat to a simmer and stir constantly for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Allow to cool slightly before serving or pouring into a jar. This will keep for a few weeks in the fridge, but trust me, it wont last that long.
Reheat for 15 seconds in the microwave, before serving.
Makes 1 1/2 cups