Extra-Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min
  • Inactive: 38 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 12 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

Unsalted butter, softened, for the baking dish

2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick 

3 cups heavy cream

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 bay leaf

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush a shallow 2 1/2-quart baking dish with butter. Put the potatoes in a large pot. Whisk the cream, flour, bay leaf, nutmeg, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon white pepper in a bowl, then pour over the potatoes. Cook over medium heat, carefully stirring occasionally, until the cream just comes to a simmer, about 12 minutes. Continue to simmer, adjusting the heat if necessary and stirring to prevent the bottom from scorching, until the potatoes just begin to soften, about 5 more minutes. 
  2. Transfer the potato mixture to the prepared baking dish; discard the bay leaf. Set the baking dish in a roasting pan and add enough water to come about halfway up the sides of the baking dish. Bake until the potatoes are tender and golden brown, about 1 hour. Remove the baking dish from the water bath and let stand 10 minutes before serving.