Bachelor Cooking: Beer and Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

So I was looking around the interwebs for recipes that would allow me to use my brand-new 60+ year old Popeil Veg-O-Matic food slicer … and I came across this site.

This person received a Veg-O-Matic (a modern one, when the Ronco company reorganized) and modified her recipe for beer and cheese scalloped potatoes for it.  Here’s a link to her original recipe.

So I tried to modify the recipe for a bachelor – which means, enough to eat for one plus leftovers for another day.

Here’s what I came up with.

  • Four large potatoes, sliced
  • Two large onions, sliced thin
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • four tablespoons of flour
  • One can of beer (12 oz)
  • One pint of cream
  • Scallions, chopped
  • 8 oz bag of shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • Salt and pepper (Kosher salt, of course, because Kosher salt makes every meal good)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare a baking dish (3 x 9) by lightly greasing it with Crisco or butter.
In a saucepan, melt the butter until bubbling, whisk in the flour, then whisk in the beer, then whisk in the cream, then whisk in half the bag of shredded cheese.  Should be thick but pourable.  Set aside.
In the baking dish, arrange sliced potatoes in a layer, then add a layer of onions, then a layer of potatoes, then a layer of onions, a final layer of potatoes.
Pour the cheese sauce over your potatoes and onions.
Sprinkle the remainder of the shredded cheese and the scallions on top.
Stick in the oven for 75 minutes.

Okay.  First thing I have to deal with.  I need to buy beer.

I only plan on buying one beer.  Trust me, I’m a teetotaler and this is all new territory for me.

And after a few tries, I found a can of Stewart’s “Mountain Brew Ice” beer for the lofty price of 75 cents plus 5c deposit.

The original recipe called for six Yukon Gold potatoes, but I couldn’t find six Yukon Gold potatoes anywhere.  I couldn’t even find one Yukon Gold potato.  And six potatoes is a lot for one man to consume in one sitting.  So four potatoes it is.

Now I have to hope that this works.  I mixed all the ingredients in the saucepan.  Yep, even the beer.  So how much alcohol can there be in a can of Stewart’s personal brand beer?  And for that matter, shouldn’t I have just gone over to a local brew pub and picked up some of their best stuff at the bar?

Nah, I can’t do anything that simple.

Followed the recipe, put the mixture in the oven, then went to kill 75 minutes of time.

And I spent that 75 minutes changing my e-mail password, changing three other passwords on my account, and deleting over 500 spam emails that some spambot in Uzbekistan tried sending out on my e-mail name.  Bad, bad Uzbekistan.

After I cleaned that mess up … here’s what came out of the oven.

Not bad … almost like a casserole.  And it tasted … okay … I guess … you can really taste the 75-cent beer and it tastes like I overspent on the beer.

I probably need to adjust some of the portions or cooking times, but again it came out okay and I’m not dead.  Two definitely important features of bachelor cooking.

That which does not kill you means it has another chance to try as a leftover. 😀