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Potato cake with cheese

Cheesy Potato Cake: A Savory Delight with a Crispy Twist

  A Cheesy Potato Cake is the perfect combination of comfort and indulgence. This savory dish features layers of thinly sliced potatoes, cheese, and a hint of herbs, all baked to golden perfection. Whether you’re looking for a side dish to accompany a hearty meal or a satisfying vegetarian main course, join us as we explore the recipe for Cheesy Potato Cake that’s sure to please your taste buds and impress your guests.

Ingredients:

For the Cheesy Potato Cake:

  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Cooking spray or extra butter for greasing the pan

Instructions:

Prepare the Cheesy Potato Cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pan with cooking spray or butter.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the thinly sliced potatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, and fresh thyme leaves (or dried thyme). Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Toss the ingredients until they are well mixed.
  3. Arrange a layer of the potato mixture in the greased cake pan, pressing down gently to pack them tightly.
  4. Repeat the process, layering the potato mixture and pressing down with each layer until the pan is filled.
  5. Drizzle the melted unsalted butter evenly over the top of the potato cake.
  6. Pour the heavy cream over the potato cake, ensuring it is evenly distributed.

Bake to Perfection: 7. Cover the cake pan with aluminum foil and place it in the preheated oven.

  1. Bake for 45 minutes, covered. Then, remove the foil and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender, and the top is golden brown and crispy.

Serve and Enjoy: 9. Allow the Cheesy Potato Cake to cool for a few minutes before carefully loosening the edges with a knife.

  1. Place a large plate or serving platter over the cake pan and invert the potato cake onto the plate.
  2. Slice and serve your Cheesy Potato Cake as a delicious side dish or a satisfying main course. Garnish with extra thyme leaves or grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Cook’s Notes:

  • You can customize your Cheesy Potato Cake by adding ingredients like cooked bacon, sautéed onions, or even a layer of cooked spinach for extra flavor and texture.
  • Experiment with different cheese varieties such as Gruyère, Swiss, or Monterey Jack to create your unique flavor profile.
  • Don’t rush the baking process; the potatoes need time to become tender and develop a crispy top layer.
  • Leftovers can be refrigerated and reheated in the oven for a delicious next-day meal.

  Cheesy Potato Cake is a delightful and savory dish that elevates the humble potato to new heights. With layers of creamy cheese, fragrant herbs, and crispy perfection, it’s a versatile addition to any meal. So, follow this recipe, savor the crispy goodness, and watch your guests delight in every bite of this Cheesy Potato Cake.

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