October 12, 2018

Homemade Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes

Because we don't indulge in carby potatoes often, I'm THRILLED when we do and they are sooooo good that it's worth every. single. carb.

These are that.

I used my vegetable spiralizer instead of using a food processor or grater to simply slice them.  You absolutely can slice your potatoes thin for traditional au gratin potatoes - but to get the look of the ones in my photos, just use a spiral slicer of whatever brand you like.  I bought mine from TJMaxx but they are available pretty much everywhere I think.  (Mine is the simple 3 blade version: OXO Good Grips 3-Blade Tabletop Spiralizer with StrongHold Suction)

Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes

4-6 large potatoes (I used Klondike Rose potatoes in these photos)
1/4 c green onions, sliced
1/4 c butter (1/2 stick)
1 T flour
1 t salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 c heavy cream
1/2 c unflavored, unsweetened almond milk or regular milk
2 c grated cheese - cheddar

Spiralize or slice your potatoes thin into a greased or sprayed casserole dish that is safe for the oven.
In a saucepan on the stove, melt the butter, add the green onions and cook briefly to soften them.
Add the flour and whisk and cook for a minute or two.
Add the salt and pepper, and the cream.  Whisk and bring to a simmer.
Add the cheese, continue to stir or whisk to melt the cheese.
Pour over the potatoes.
Bake in a 375 (or 350) oven for about an hour. The potatoes should be tender, and most of the liquid sauce absorbed and thickened with just a bit of liquid left.  Remove the potatoes and let them set 10 minutes before serving to set up.  They will absorb a little more of the sauce and thicken as they cool a bit.

If you don't spiralize them and you simple slice them, you might need to add another 15 minutes for baking.  If they are getting darker than you like, just put foil over them for the last 10-15 minutes.  Don't bake them covered the whole time though or they will be too runny.

Butter and onions with the flour added - whisk and cook for a minute or two

After adding the cream and cheese...

Pour over the potatoes and bake for about an hour for spiralized - about an hour and 20 minutes might be needed for regular sliced potatoes.

To get the potatoes into a pretty spiral like in the photos - I used my OXO spiralizer - which I've talked about many times before as I LOVE it.  You can find it on Amazon along with some other related products from this post:

Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer, Strongest-and-Heaviest Duty Vegetable Spiral Slicer, Best Veggie Pasta Spaghetti Maker for Keto/Paleo/Gluten-Free, comes with Container & 4 Recipe Ebooks
OXO Good Grips 3-Blade Tabletop Spiralizer with StrongHold Suction
Corning Ware "French White" (1.5 Qt.) Oval Casserole Baking Dish (F-6-B)
Corningware French White 10 Piece Bakeware Set



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