One of my favorite types of potato dishes is Potatoes Au Gratin. I cook potatoes often at home since my husband loves them, but I never tried to cook Potatoes Au Gratin at home in fifteen years of marriage! So, over the weekend, I decided to try cooking it, but couldn’t find a recipe I liked. What do I do when I don’t like the recipes I find online and in cookbooks? I make up my own!
I tested out this recipe with my whole family, and served it with seared scallops, and fresh carrots. I have to say, carrots don’t really go well with scallops; so lesson learned! Haha That being said, they all loved the way I cooked the scallops and the Potatoes Au Gratin! Yay!
Potatoes Au Gratin is a tasty side dish, especially during the colder months. There is something comforting about them; so I will place this dish in the comfort food category!
This is a great side dish to serve at home, or to cook and bring to a family or friend gathering that is pot-luck style! It goes great paired with steak, meatloaf, pork, or a vegetable stew if you are vegetarian. It was a little overwhelming with seafood; oooops! Still tasty though! haha
Without further ado, here is my new Potatoes Au Gratin recipe! I hope you enjoy it with your family!
Tools you’ll need:
13 x 11 casserole dish
Mezzaluna or cutting knife.
4 russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced.
½ pint heavy whipping cream (I prefer Clover)
½ stick of butter (I use unsalted and prefer Clover or Land O’ Lakes)
1 8 oz. package of Sargento Italian Blend shredded cheese. If Sargento isn’t sold near you, this is a mix of mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, provolone cheese, Romano cheese, Fontina cheese, and Asiago cheese.
Season to taste: salt, paprika, and finely ground basil
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and make sure there is a shelf in the middle of the oven.
Melt butter, and ensure it covers the bottom of the casserole dish.
Slice potatoes as thinly as possible.
In a mixing bowl: pour whipping cream and add salt, paprika, and basil to taste. Whisk or stir to blend.
Line the bottom of the casserole with potatoes, overlapping each other. The first layer should be about two potatoes.
Pour 1/3 of the cream mixture over the potatoes.
Use 1/3 of the cheese mixture, spreading it out evenly over the top of the creamy potatoes.
Layer the rest of the potato slices over the cheese. There should be about two potatoes left.
Pour the remainder of the creme mixture, about 2/3, over the potatoes, ensuring they are all covered.
Cover the top with the rest of the cheese.
Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil.
Bake for 60 minutes at 400 on center rack.
After 60 minutes, remove, serve, and enjoy! Makes about twelve servings.
Calories per serving: about 259
There you have it! A yummy Potatoes Au Gratin recipe to enjoy with your friends and family! I hope you love it for the holiday season and anytime you want a yummy, comforting side dish.
Thanks for stopping by!
*My apologies for the so-so photos. I took them in my poorly lit kitchen at night.