Confession: I grew up eating those metal containers of scalloped potatoes and ham with the plastic lid and pull back top that you pop in the microwave and “enjoy” one short minute later. I also grew up on all of those convenience foods like Hamburger (and Tuna) Helper, Little Debbies, microwave dinners, and a fair share of drive-through fast food.
Guess what? I turned out okay. At least I think I did. That might be up for debate.
While none of these things did, in fact, kill me, I think we can all agree that the trend has turned away from convenience foods like that. Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure the day will come that my kids have a Happy Meal. I also make my fair share of boxed mac and cheese. We all have those days. I can’t say, however, that I’ll ever give those canned scalloped potatoes and ham another try. Especially after making these leek and Gruyere scalloped potatoes.
Though these Leek and Gruyere Scalloped Potatoes have a few more steps than peeling back the lid and popping it in the microwave, they are actually quite simple. A little bit of slicing, sauteeing, and popping in the oven and you’ve got yourself some creamy, cheesy potatoes! They also take a little over an hour to bake so plan accordingly!
As the title implies, the leeks and Gruyere cheese are obviously the stars of the show here. I love cooking with leeks and the flavor they give to dishes and this is no exception. I also love the nuttiness from the Gruyere cheese. If you can’t, for some reason, get your hands on it, you can sub any sort of white cheese like white cheddar or fontina. However, the nice cheese lady at my local Lunds and Byerly’s was more than happy to help me find it!
These potatoes would be perfect for Easter dinner, a spring brunch, or Sunday supper side dish!