Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Everyone should have a variety of good side dishes in their recipe collection.  They come in very handy, and I like to make sure whenever I try a new recipe to make a side dish that I KNOW everyone loves.  That way, in case the test recipe doesn’t turn out wonderful, at least there will still be something on the table everyone is happy about.  This is one of those recipes.  Simple, delicious, all around trusty dish. 
Recipe by My Stained Apron
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
3 cups milk
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
8 russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 large white onion, thinly sliced
chives or green onions, for serving, optional
Melt butter in a saucepan.  Add flour and stir for about 1 minute. 
Whisk in milk and let cook until slightly thickened, about 5-10 minutes. 
Add salt, pepper, paprika, and 2 1/2 cups of the cheese.
Spray a 9 by 13 inch dish with cooking spray and spread out a third of the potatoes and onions in the bottom.
Spoon over about a third of the sauce.
Repeat twice.  Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cups cheese over the top.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour, or until potatoes are cooked through and cheese is crusty and browned.  Top with green onions or chives, if desired.
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