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Scalloped Potatoes on Thanksgiving?

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I'm eying the two recipes below for scalloped potatoes - one with fennel, one with leeks. Which would you choose or nix. Other ideas are welcome! The appeal is being able to make a day or two ahead versus mashed which, though better with gravy, are not easy to keep warm. I've read about keeping them in the crockpot, etc., but seems risky. I'm not an accomplished cook and haven't made a complete turkey dinner in a few years.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

http://www.marthastewart.com/314361/s...

Thanks!

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  1. Personally, I'd go for the one with leeks. I feel like the anise flavor of fennel might clash with some of the other Thanksgiving foods too much while the flavor of leeks can go with just about anything. I see nothing wrong with scalloped potatoes for Thanksgiving--sounds like a nice variation on the usual to me.

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    1. re: Lady_Tenar

      Thanks. Love leeks and scalloped potatoes, so that's the validation I needed!

    2. I've made that Epicurious recipe and IT IS DELICIOUS!

      1. I love scalloped potatoes, but if you have a traditional crowd (and on T'day I'm among them) I would still want mashed.