Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Potatoes Au Gratin

I've been reading The Pioneer Woman blog for years, and it's one of the greatest out there. I've finally gotten around to trying one of the recipes. It did not disappoint! Read on for a warm, hearty side dish. This bubbly beauty may become a favourite around your house, I know it quickly did in mine!

Hot and Melty Potatoes Au Gratin

Chopped and ready for sauce
You Need: (Yield: 8 servings) Adapted from Ree Drummond's Perfect Potatoes Au Gratin

7-8 clean red potatoes, skins on
2 tbsp. butter
1.5 c. whipping cream
1/2 c. 2% milk
2 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
black pepper, to taste
1 c. grated cheddar cheese

Pre Cheese

To Do:
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a medium sized baking dish or 6-8 individual ramekins.
2) Wash potatoes well and slice about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Leave the skin on, it's tasty and that's where all the potassium is! Quarter the slices.
3) In a small bowl, whisk together cream, milk, flour, garlic, salt and black pepper.
4) Place 1/3 of the potatoes in the bottom of the baking dish or ramekins. Pour 1/3 of your prepared liquid over the potatoes.Repeat twice, ending with the cream mixture.
4) Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 20-25 more minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown and bubbly. Add grated cheese to the top of the potatoes and bake for 3 to 5 more minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let stand 3 minutes and serve!

This recipe made a LOT of potatoes. However, you might be tempted to eat all 8 servings! They really are that good. If you're not cooking for such a large crowd, this recipe is easy to modify to 4 portions. You may want to try using individual ramekins if making a smaller portion, they add so much to presentation. I'd also suggest adding a foil baking tray to your oven (if you don't already have one) before you begin. I had a decent amount of bubble over in the bottom of my oven the next day! These potatoes heated up well as leftovers in the microwave (about 1 minute per serving) as well as in the oven (15 minutes at 400 C). I served them with a chipotle flavoured pork tenderloin and a spinach salad, and then ate them alone for lunch the next day! If cheesy doesn't fit your fancy, check out the rest of The Pioneer Woman - she has tons of amazing creative recipes just for potatoes. Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. This does look good. I haven't ever used the red skinned potatoes - I must give them a go! Cheers