Adventures with Potatoes Au Gratin

No, I didn’t go trekking into a pile of potatoes and cheese; this week I tried my hand at Potatoes Au Gratin. I love cheese and you can’t go wrong with potatoes… so why not, right?

Every recipe I read called for a 30 minute prep time and a baking time of 1 – 1.5 hours, but I was hungry NOW and really not feeling 2 hours patient. So I started with a potatoes au gratin recipe from and modified it a bit. The result was a great success – the kids even went for 3rd helpings!

Potatoes au gratin


  • 4-5 medium potatoes, washed
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 TBS butter
  • 3 TBS flour
  • 1.5 cups shredded Cheddar/Monteray Jack cheese
  • 1/2 medium sized onion

making potatoes au gratin

Cooking instructions:

  1. Prepare the potatoes: in a 9×9 casserole dish with cooking spray or butter. Cut 4-5 medium sized potatoes into 1/4″ slices. Chop 1/2 onion (I used a white onion). Lay half of the potato slices on the bottom of the casserole dish. Sprinkle onions over top. Add remaining potatoes and set aside.
  2. Prepare the cheese sauce: In a medium sauce pan melt butter then mix in flour to create a paste. Stir in milk. Stir in cheese and continue stirring over medium heat until cheese is melted and sauce begins to thicken, approximately 3 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully pour over potatoes in casserole dish. Sprinkle salt, pepper and a little garlic seasoning over top. Sprinkle a thin layer of shredded cheese on top (optional).
  3. Bake: Traditionally, at this point, you would put the dish in the oven and bake for 1-1.5 hours. For quicker cooking time, place in microwave and cook on high for 8 minutes. Then place in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes until top is slightly golden.
  4. Remove from oven, let stand for 10 minutes.

Next time I think we’ll add a bit of fresh Parmesan on top and see how it turns out.


  1. iservepharmacy says:

    I like potatoes but they can’t replace rise in my case. I prefer to eat rise instead of only potatoes like most of the Europeans do. But it is nice to know one or more recipes with potatoes because my girlfriend is European.

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