I had tons of potatoes at home and didn’t know what to do with all of them. So I decided to make this wonderful veggie filled Swiss casserole. The meal even got the approval of my boyfriend’s grandmother while she was in town visiting us.
6 large new potatoes (about 2 1/2 lb.)
1 large carrot, diagonally sliced 1/4 inch
1 large stalk broccoli, peeled stalk, cut stalk and florets into bite size
2 tbsp. butter
3 cups sliced mushrooms
Salt and pepper
1 cup cubed baked ham, optional
1 1/2 lb. Oka cheese, shredded
1. Peel potatoes if desired. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook potatoes for 20 to 30 minutes, until tender. Add carrots during the last 5 minutes of cooking time. With a slotted spoon, remove potatoes and carrots from water; let cool slightly. Slice potatoes thinly.
2. Add broccoli to boiling water; cook for 2 minutes. Refresh under cold running water. Set aside.
3. In skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook mushrooms for about 6 minutes or just until tender.
4. Preheat oven to 350F. In shallow greased 8-cup (2L) baking dish, arrange half of the potatoes in overlapping slices. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Sprinkle 2 cups of the cheese over the potatoes. Layer carrots, broccoli, mushrooms and ham over the cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese over the vegetables.
6. Top with overlapping slices of remaining potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
7. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until heated through and cheese has melted. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes or until top is browned.
Yes, there are a lot of little steps in this recipe but if you have the time, this recipe is very easy and super tasty. The recipe can be prepared ahead, covered and refrigerated for up to 2 hours before baking. You can serve with a simple tossed green salad, pickled gherkins and pearl onions. This recipe will make 6 servings.
By omitting the ham, this dish is easily a wonderful vegetarian dish. I’m all about my meatless Monday dishes, but I really wanted some meat so I even added a little extra ham.
Being a starving student, I cannot afford a pound and a half of Oka cheese. A similar cheese would be Emmenthal, unfortunately I couldn’t find any blocks (only slices) at my grocery store. So instead, I used Swiss cheese and I found it worked well. But honestly, if you can, splurge on the Oka cheese.
Since I was a little stingy on the cheese, I thought let’s add some bacon crumbs to the top. Yum.