Potatoes Au-Gratin Made Easy

Plated Potatoes Au-Gratin

I cooked Potatoes Au-Gratin for the first time as a romantic side to a delicious steak dinner. Crystal loved it! However, I still spent a little time perfecting it over the course of several months.

Potatoes Au-Gratin Made Easy

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Category: Side

Cuisine: American

Yield: 4 Servings

Serving Size: 1/2 Potato

Plated Potatoes Au-Gratin

Delicious potatoes cooked in a savory creamy sauce, topped with your favorite cheese.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Melted Butter
  • 2 cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Begin by combining the butter, garlic, and flour in a medium skillet over low heat.
  2. Then, preheat the oven to 350°
  3. Next, add the milk, salt, and peppers to the skillet and bring the entire mixture to a low boil.
  4. Allow the mixture to simmer as you peel and slice your potatoes into thin circles.
  5. Now, place the sliced potatoes into a small greased loaf pan on their edge.
  6. Then, pour the sauce over the potatoes and sprinkle the cheese over the top.
  7. Finally, cook the potatoes for sixty minutes or until light brown spots appear on the cheese.

Notes

You can use any cheese you like. Cooks use Parmesan the most often, hence its inclusion here. As always, experiment with different things to see what fits your cooking style.

Potatoes Au-Gratin Simplified

A few simple tips might help you make this less of a technical challenge.

  1. Begin by combining the butter, garlic, and flour in a medium skillet over low heat.

    Making Thickener For Potatoes Au-Gratin SauceYou can use this simple paste to make most of your thicker sauces. I use this in my enchilada sauce as well (minus the garlic).

  2. Next, add the milk, salt, and peppers to the skillet and bring the entire mixture to a low boil.

    Making Potatoes Au-Gratin SauceAt this point, you want to keep stirring to avoid having the milk curdle. However, once the paste begins to thicken, you can stir occasionally and still be okay.

  3. Allow the mixture to simmer as you peel and slice your potatoes into thin circles; and place the sliced potatoes into a small greased loaf pan on their edge.

    Potato Wedges Ready For Au-Gratin Sauce
    The instructions seem pretty clear, but essentially, you end up with something like this.

  4. Then, pour the sauce over the potatoes and sprinkle the cheese over the top.

    Sauce And Cheese Covered Potatoes Ready To CookAgain, essentially just follow the instructions exactly, the sauce covers the potatoes, and you sprinkle cheese on top.

  5. Finally, cook the potatoes for sixty minutes or until light brown spots appear on the cheese.

    Baked Potatoes Au-GratinAt this point, you can serve it immediately with whatever entree you choose.

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