My family always loves my mom’s gold potatoes. Both my husband and I come from potato eating families, so you will always find them served at a holiday dinner. This recipe dresses them up a bit and makes a wonderful gluten-free holiday side dish.
I made these last week when the ladies I play cards with had our annual holiday lunch as my house. Everyone loved them. I took plenty of pictures as I was preparing the dish, but almost forgot to take one after it was baked. I remembered just in time and scooped some onto a small plate for a photo before they were gone.
Besides being yummy, I love the fact that you can prepare this dish ahead of time. Actually, it is easiest if you do. Like making potato salad, the potatoes are cooked whole in their skins, cooled, and then peeled. I find it hard to do all that the day I’m serving the dish, especially if I’m making it for company. I love being able to make this ahead of time and have one part of the meal done. My mom often prepares this up to a month in advance and freezes it.
I think the name “gold potatoes” comes from the yellow cheddar cheese used in the dish. Mom always uses baking potatoes, but when I made it last week, I used gold potatoes. They worked great and made the dish more gold than ever.
- 6 large baking potatoes (or equivalent gold potatoes)
- 16 ounces sour cream
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup yellow onion, minced
- 2 Tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
- 1 pound cheddar cheese, grated (reserve 1/4 c. for top)
- Scrub the potatoes but do not peel or cut, and then bake or boil them. Cool the potatoes completely. Give this step plenty of time.
- Using a small knife, peel the potatoes. Grate them into a large bowl. As you get to the end of the potato you may have nothing but lumps. That’s okay, just throw them in the dish.
- In a separate bowl, combine the sour cream, butter, onion, parsley, salt and pepper.
- Mix it together well, then stir in the cheese. Remember to reserve about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of the cheese for putting on top of the dish.
- Fold this mixture into the potatoes. You don’t want to mash the potatoes, so fold it in using a large spatula or spoon until it is well combined.
- Spread everything in a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. At this point you can refrigerate or freeze the dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees about 35 – 45 minutes until hot and bubbly around the edges. Baking time will depend on how cold the dish is.