Au Gratin Potatoes

Easy Au Gratin Potatoes ~ creamy, cheesy sauce, tender slices of layered potatoes, golden brown slightly crispy top. The ideal side for any meal.

Side Dish | November 11, 2016 | By

I love potatoes and will eat just about any kind, prepared any ‘ol way at all, but few things are better than a pan of Au Gratin Potatoes ~ thinly sliced potatoes slathered in a creamy, silky cheese sauce with crispy golden brown edges. It’s the ultimate in comfort food; the food you make for those you love. . . and even those you just sort of like.  Who’s with me?

Easy Au Gratin Potatoes ~ creamy, cheesy sauce, tender slices of layered potatoes, golden brown slightly crispy top. The ideal side for any meal.

You’ve probably made Cheesy Potatoes ~ or Funeral Potatoes as they’re sometimes called (I really don’t like that name). They’re ideal for weeknights, tailgates or really any night when you don’t have a lot of time.

But sometimes I crave the decadence these Au Gratin Potatoes supply and don’t mind the extra time involved, like holidays or Sunday dinner when the football game is on, snow is flying outside, comfy pants ~ check ~ and I have a recipe or three going in the kitchen.

Easy Au Gratin Potatoes ~ creamy, cheesy sauce, tender slices of layered potatoes, golden brown slightly crispy top. The ideal side for any meal.

Don’t get me wrong ~ I love Cheesy Potatoes and still turn to them routinely like a good, trashy novel. They’re even delicious leftover for breakfast (speaking from experience) but have you ever seen one of those Top 10 lists of recipes you should know how to make once you’re an adult. If Au Gratin Potatoes isn’t on it, it should be.

Au Gratin Potatoes Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375 then butter a 9 x 13 baking dish. The butter keeps the Au Gratin Potatoes from sticking to the pan and adds another level flavor. Grate the cheeses and blend them together in a bowl then set aside for now. 

Thinly slice the potatoes, leaving the skins on. I love the texture and rustic feel the skin adds.

Easy Au Gratin Potatoes ~ creamy, cheesy sauce, tender slices of layered potatoes, golden brown slightly crispy top. The ideal side for any meal.

In a small saucepan blend the heavy cream, grated garlic, lemon zest, thyme, salt and pepper together. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Assembly: Add 1/3 of the potatoes to the bottom of the baking dish. Top with 1/3 of the cheeses and half of the onions.

Add the next layer of potatoes, another 1/3 of the cheeses and the other half of the onions.

Finish with the last of the potatoes, pour the cream mixture evenly over the potatoes and top with the remaining cheeseEasy Au Gratin Potatoes ~ creamy, cheesy sauce, tender slices of layered potatoes, golden brown slightly crispy top. The ideal side for any meal.

Spray the underside of the aluminum foil with spray so the cheese doesn’t stick to it. then cover and bake 30 minutes. Uncover the baking dish and continue baking another 25-30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and golden.

Easy Au Gratin Potatoes ~ creamy, cheesy sauce, tender slices of layered potatoes, golden brown slightly crispy top. The ideal side for any meal.

Au Gratin Potatoes go really well with almost anything ~ beef, turkey, chicken or ham. Need more potato inspiration? Try these Brown Butter Mashed. Enjoy!

Easy Au Gratin Potatoes ~ creamy, cheesy sauce, tender slices of layered potatoes, golden brown slightly crispy top. The ideal side for any meal.

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Ingredients
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup onions chopped
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 cup smoked gouda grated
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • cooking spray
  • aluminum foil
Instructions
  1. Butter a 9x13 baking dish and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Thinly slice the potatoes, leaving the skins on then combine the cheeses in a bowl.
  3. In a small sauce pan, add the cream, lemon zest, grated garlic, thyme, salt and pepper.
  4. Simmer about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Assemble: potatoes, 1/3 of the cheeses and half of the onions.
  6. Add the next layer of potatoes, another 1/3 of the cheeses and the other half of the onions.

  7. Finish with the last of the potatoes, pour the cream mixture evenly over the potatoes and top with the remaining cheese.
  8. Spray the underside of the aluminum foil with spray so the cheese doesn't stick to it.
  9. Cover and bake 30 minutes.
  10. Uncover and continue baking another 25-30 minutes.

  1. Mary
    November 15, 2016

    Absolutely love potatoes and these “scream my name”…delicious recipe! This could be my whole meal and any leftovers for breakfast! Pinned. Thanks for sharing. Chat soon

    • Bernie
      November 16, 2016

      Hey there – I’m with you, friend – a whole meal of Au Gratin Potatoes! Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of the day!