Yukon Gold Scalloped Potatoes

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With so many potatoes recipes out there, you might be faced with a lot of tough choices for dinner at the end of the day. When it comes to scalloped potatoes, however, one thing’s for certain - this Yukon Gold Scalloped Potatoes recipe outshines so many of your everyday scalloped potato recipes that it instantly becomes a no-brainer. You suddenly know what to cook tonight, simply because this is one of the best potato recipes available. It’s not just because of the melted cheddar cheese, or the parmesan sprinkles, or the garlic, or the fresh thyme leaves; the secret’s in the Yukon potatoes. They give this potato scallop dish such a beautiful golden, buttery colour that just looking at pictures of it makes your mouth start to water.

There are all different kinds of potatoes to choose from, depending on what you need to make with them – there are red potatoes, white potatoes, Russet potatoes, baby potatoes, red gold potatoes, yams, red thumb, French fingerling, LaRette, and sweet potatoes – just to name a few. The full list goes on for miles. Some potatoes have a starchy consistency, which makes them perfect for frying and baking; there are waxy potatoes, which work best for mashing and roasting. Because they hold their shape quite easily, they’re ideal for stews and soups and any kind of potato recipe that calls for slicing and dicing. And then, there are the in-between, all-purpose potato types, and that’s what’s so great about Yukon gold potatoes. They are they perfect potato for just about anything, especially scalloped potatoes – not just because of their texture, but because of their beautiful colour, as mentioned earlier. The nutritional content of Yukon gold potatoes is also substantial. Just one potato is approximately seventy calories, is very high in vitamin C, and it contains dietary fiber as well as iron.

Nutrition Facts for: Yukon Gold Scalloped Potatoes from Gimme Some Oven

Ingredients: Butter, onion, garlic cloves, all-purpose flour, chicken or vegetable stock, milk,; salt, pepper fresh thyme leaves, Yukon Gold Potatoes, cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 12 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving:Calories 533, Calories from Fat 101, Total Fat 11.2g 17%, Saturated Fat 6.6g 33%, Cholesterol 31mg 10%, Sodium 501mg 21%, Potassium 1450mg 41%, Carbohydrates 94.2g 31%, Dietary Fiber 6.4g 26%, Sugars 5.3g, Protein 22.7g, Vitamin A 7%, Vitamin C 146%, Calcium 59%, Iron 27%

Yukon gold potato history takes us back to the famous gold rush days of the late 1800s, when all were heading to the Klondike, a region of the Yukon in Canada, just east of the Alaskan border, in search of gold and fortune. Although gold was indeed bountiful during that period, food actually became quite scarce. Goldrushers were so intent on finding gold, they forgot they had to eat and sleep to sustain themselves, and often came down with illnesses of malnourishment. One of those illnesses was scurvy, which is caused by severe vitamin C deficiency. Hence, the irony of the lowly potato becoming worth its weight in gold, especially due to its vitamin C content, because it was literally a lifesaver. Although Yukon gold potatoes weren’t “invented” until sixty-odd years later in Guelph, Ontario, developers Dr. Norman Thompson and G.R. Johnston named them for their colour while commemorating the potato’s humble role in the Klondike gold rush days. Many thanks to Ali over at the “Gimme Some Oven” website for sharing this mouth-watering Yukon gold scalloped potato recipe with us. Check out her recipe index if you’re looking for more delicious potato recipes, as well as great recipe ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.*

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