Mother’s Day is this Sunday and newspapers and television stations are filled with Mother’s Day brunch advertisements. Brunch the best of breakfast and lunch. My mom and I both love brunch. She loves it for she can get her banana nut pancakes with a fried egg…and then get dessert, usually bread pudding. My mom loves dessert! (Sorry mom:) I love brunch for the opportunity to enjoy a guilt free glass (or two) of champagne early in the day and to savor it with eggs Benedict. I think champagne and hollandaise sauce is a match made in heaven; just like potatoes and cheese! For me, the best potato and cheese combination is potatoes au gratin.
Potatoes Au Gratin-Two of my favorites, potatoes and cheese, made better with cream! When I make potatoes au gratin, Gruyère cheese is always one of the cheeses I use. For one, it’s the elegantly sounding au gratin classic. Two, it pairs well with brandy! No, I don’t have a glass of brandy when I eat potatoes au gratin, (although it does sound good) but I do use it in my cream sauce. I always add brandy and a little Dijon to my potatoes au gratin, it really elevates the flavors. Can you guess what my favorite part of the au gratin dish is…the crispy cheesy edges. If you like that, too, then you will love these.
Potatoes Au Gratin Puffs are one of my go-to brunch items whether I am hosting or catering a brunch. I hope they will find a place on your brunch table. This recipe doesn’t require a large amount of any ingredients so it’s a good one to have on hand. Great for using up bits of cheese and the last couple of bites of mashed potatoes that you didn’t think were worth saving!
Wanna bite of cheesy goodness?
Put your TO COOK IS TO CREATE thinking cap on: This recipe is as versatile as any potatoes au gratin or mashed potato recipe. Use what cheeses you have on hand. No ricotta? Try cottage cheese, mascarpone, cream cheese, or even sour cream. What flavors and seasonings are already in you leftover mashed potatoes? Cheese, bacon, chives? Garlic, pepper? Have leftover ham? Add it. What is your favorite cheese? Add it. Want to add another layer of cheese? Use a different cheese, a combination of cheeses, or add more cheese to the sauce. Blue cheese is another favorite of mine. No brandy? Just increase the cream amount or use apple juice. These puffs are also good with hollandaise sauce! Want to spice up the dipping? Skip the brandy sauce and heat equal parts chili sauce and honey-my hubby’s favorite way enjoy these pufffs. No pie crust? Use puff pastry. Leftovers? These puffs are delicious with a side of scrambled eggs! Have leftover ricotta cheese? Make Zucchini Pizza.
Food Fun: Mother’s Day is a day to remember and celebrate all the special women in your life. Card, flower, retail, and restaurant sales may peak for the occasion, but never underestimate the power of a phone call. Yes, a good old-fashioned phone call. I just called to say, “I Love You.” Happy Mother’s Day to all!