Noche Buena is tomorrow! How time flies! Peanutbutter♥ and I are very excited because we’ll be celebrating our first Noche Buena here in our new home. We’ll be having our extended family over as well — my MIL, FIL, my SIL, her husband, and their baby. I already have a couple of things on my list of what to prepare for Noche Buena. Of course, we’ll have the traditional Queso De Bola and Christmas Ham. My MIL will be making Morcon. I was thinking of making Roasted Chicken with Macaroni Salad and Mashed Potato as side dish but I just changed my mind. Mashed Potato is something that we have on a regular day, I’m thinking I should level up my potatoes to make it more special since we’re having it on a very special day.
Instead of Mashed Potato, we’ll be having this Cheezy Christmas Potato. It’s garlicky scalloped potatoes made more delicious with Cheez Whiz! With Cheez Whiz in this dish, there’s no need to add shredded cheese anymore. The diced green and red bell pepper on top gives it a festive Christmas look. I bet this will be a great side dish not just with roasted chicken but to any Holiday meal!
Sharing with you the recipe below…
Cheezy Christmas Potatoes
4 large potatoes,peeled and sliced into ¼ inch thick slices
2 tbsp butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 white onion,chopped
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
4 tbsp cheez whiz
1 tsp mustard
Pinch cayenne pepper
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp diced red and green bell pepper
- Preheat oven to 350ºF
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Sauté garlic and onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute.
- Whisk in milk, mustard, cayenne pepper, cheez whiz, and salt.
- Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently.
- Arrange half of potato slices in a lightly greased square glass baking dish. Spread half of milk mixture over potatoes.Repeat layering with remaining potatoes and cheez whiz mixture.
- Top with diced green and red bell pepper.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until sauce is bubbly and potatoes are tender. Sprinkle with a little more cayenne pepper or paprika.