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What can I add to boxed scalloped potatoes

I know, I know...boxed potatoes.

I'm having company to watch the oscars and I'm taking the easy way out. I actually don't mind boxed scalloped potatoes for the ease. I'm serving them with beef tenderloin and roasted asparagus. Is their anything I can add to yield a better consistency or flavor? Gruyere? Roasted garlic? cayenne?

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  1. Gruyere is a good choice, as is roasted garlic. A little pinch of sage will work, too.

    1. I prefer the taste of boxed potatoes over traditional when cooked this way...I always use two boxes because this recipe is so delicious I eat them all myself in a hurry. Two boxes of scalloped potatoes. In two boxes there is 5 and 1/2 c. liquid mostly water. Instead Use at least half of that liquid in any kind of dairy milk including heavy cream for the richest. Mix all together with the two packets of sauce and butter in large dutch oven cold. Corn starch is better mixed in not too hot liquid......Heat stirring often. Arrange dried potatoes in an 8x12 or larger casserole dish.....add 4 c. of your favorite cheese grated. Swiss, parmesan whatever you have mix and match... I use 2 or more c. white and some Velveeta..add cheese to potatoes...mix....pour hot liquid over potatoes and cheese...add your favorite herb if you like....cook uncovered at 350 for and hour or so. This is the important part ... refrigerate over night! So much better the next day. A crowd pleaser! Working on uploading a pic i took tonight thanks Karen

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      1. re: firkttn

        When I first read the title I wondered why not just make them from scratch? But I now remember the last time I made them, they were good, but not as good as boxed! I'm a little ashamed about that....

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        1. re: Burghfeeder

          you make good from scratch? Do they ever taste fishy or funny to you? If not what is your recipe?

        2. re: firkttn

          Parmesan from the dairy section is the best

        3. Nothing wrong w/ boxed potatoes, but a little chopped scallions, &/ or fresh ground pepper, picks it up a bit...

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          1. re: thistle5

            We visited my father in law and he asked asked me to make scalloped potatoes he loves them. he had the recipe all bookmarked from a cookbook. lol I followed that recipe and to me it tasted a bit on the-how do I say?-a fishy side. I then used an online recipe from an Iron Chef substituting the raw potatoes for boxed. Loved it but with all heavy cream..a bit rich for my vegetarian. So I came up with this fool proof one.

            1. re: thistle5

              Scallions and pepper sound great! Red bell peppers are in season now. 33cents apiece. I might try that next time

            2. Fresh herbs, paprika on top.

              1. Guess this is a thread that woke up. :) Glad I found it as there are some good ideas here.

                I always add garlic powder and a handful of grated sharp cheddar. Top with panko crumbs and dot with butter. Good stuff!

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                1. re: justalex

                  I Love garlic. I roast whole clusters in the oven and eat them with a toothpick each clove. But i don't like garlic in my mashed potatoes...so everyone with their own taste.