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Silk Purse Potatoes

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours


6-8 servings

Always a crowd-pleaser, Silk Purse Potatoes (As in “Can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear.”) have a delicious, creamy cheese sauce. I’ve taken this dish to many a potluck.


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 slices process American cheese, cut into pieces
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion


  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in the cheese until melted. Stir in the potatoes and onion.
  2. Transfer to a greased shallow 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 325° for 1 hour. Uncover; bake 30-40 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 243 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 576mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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