Side Dishes

Simple Au Gratin Potatoes

Posted: November 12

Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

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Layers upon layers of tender potatoes and sweet onion sandwiching a creamy, cheesy sauce? Sounds heavenly! In fact, Simple Au Gratin Potatoes actually look like scoops of golden brown clouds. It’s a fluffy, hearty side dish with an aroma that brings people to the dining room. Simple Au Gratin Potatoes makes a perfect accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner, steak, pork, chicken...anything you can imagine!


3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper, with more for optional garnish
2 cups milk, not skim
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
5 cups potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup onion, chopped


Step 1

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Grease a 2-quart, oven-safe dish.

Step 3

Using a large pan over low heat on the stove-top, melt the butter.

Step 4

Once the butter is melted, stir in the flour, the salt, and the pepper until the mixture is smooth and the raw flour smell disappears.

Step 5

Then, gradually add in the milk and bring it to a boil.

Step 6

Cook and stir the mixture for about 2 minutes, until it has thickened.

Step 7

Remove the pan from the heat.

Step 8

Stir in the cheddar cheese until it has completely melted.

Step 9

Add in the potatoes and onion.

Step 10

Pour the mixture into the prepared dish.

Step 11

Cover the dish and bake the potatoes for approximately 1 hour.

Step 12

Then, uncover and continue baking until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 30-40 minutes.

Step 13

Remove from the oven and garnish with more pepper.

Step 14

Serve hot.

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