Monday, November 11, 2013

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes - SRC



If you're looking for a special potato dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, your birthday, or next Thursday, I've got a winner for you.

Although they take awhile to bake, these potatoes are simple to put together and are definitely worth planning ahead for. They're tender and hearty, enhanced with thinly sliced onions, and drenched with creamy cheese sauce. A potato-lover's dream come true.
 
Although my mom would occasionally make a similar dish called scalloped potatoes when I was growing up, I can't remember ever making them myself.  But when I saw these on my Secret Recipe Club assignment for the month, Cheese Curd in Paradise, I knew I had to make them.  I need more scrumptious side dishes in my repertoire.

Ashley blogs from Wisconsin (hence the "cheese curd" in her blog title), a state that I have never visited but would love to see someday (in the summer, thank you very much).  Any place known for their cheese has to be amazing, right?  I can't imagine my life without cheese.  

She has lots of great recipes, from Pizza Muffins to Pumpkin Truffles, that I'm looking forward to trying - but I am beyond happy to have these potatoes in my life.  While they are a bit on the decadent side, I'll definitely bring out this recipe for special occasions and dinners.  Everyone in my family absolutely loved them.


Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes
Source: Adapted slightly from Cheese Curd In Paradise

6 large russet potatoes, sliced into very thin slices
1/2 large onion, sliced into rings
4 Tbsp. butter
4 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups milk
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (best if you grate your own!) 
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash paprika

Preheat oven to 400°.
Layer half of the potatoes into bottom of a buttered 13 x 9" pan. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.Top with onion slices, and add the remaining potatoes. Sprinkle again lightly with salt and pepper.  (I like to use Kosher salt.)
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Mix in the flour and stir constantly with a whisk for one minute.  Slowly stir in milk.  Cook until the mixture has thickened.  Stir in cheddar cheese and continue stirring until melted.  Season cheese sauce with salt and pepper to taste, and add a dash of paprika if desired.  Pour over potatoes and cover the dish with foil.
Bake for 1 1/2 hours.  Remove foil and cook for a few more minutes to slightly brown the top if desired.

12 comments:

  1. Au Gratin Potatoes are so delicious!! Great choice.

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  2. oh! what a great comfort food, especially for the winter. Looks amazing

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  3. Great pick! We love this recipe as well

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  4. Great choice for SRC! Love a good potato dish, and throw in some cheese - omg.

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  5. I am a lover of potatoes and if you add cheese, I am one happy camper. I love your choice.

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  6. Cheesy potatoes will always win in my house! Great pick for the holidays.

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  7. Oh my husband would love these! Great SRC choice!

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  8. Those sound delicious. I haven't made a recipe like this in ages. Thanks.

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  9. I'm with you when you say you need more scrumptious sides! I'm always looking for yummy sides. :)

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  10. One of my favorite potato recipes, perfect for a party or a holiday meal!

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  11. Yum! I love these types of potatoes!!!! YUM-O!

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  12. Comfort food at its best! Great recipe to prepare for the holidays!

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