Au Gratin Potatoes

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

This is pure comfort food!  If you've never had homemade Au Gratin potatoes you are missing out! If you've tried other recipes and they are just never great - you'll want to try this recipe.  I've tried quite a few recipes for Au Gratin potatoes and this one is the recipe. Absolutely perfect, I think.  I added some ham slices to the pan when I baked it. You can leave that out or put in bacon, whatever you want really.  It'll be good if you add anything or not!

Au Gratin Potatoes

3 lbs potatoes
5 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons flour (I used whole wheat flour)
4 cups milk
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 teaspoons salt
1 dash cayenne pepper
2 cups cheddar cheese
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350°F. Boil potatoes until just tender, 20-25 minutes; drain. When cool enough to handle, peel and dice into 1/2 inch pieces.
In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour; stir while cooking, 1-2 minutes. Whisk in milk and add garlic. Season with salt and cayenne pepper. Stir in cheddar cheese and all but 2 tbs parmesan cheese. Add potatoes to sauce and stir to mix evenly.
Pour into 3 qt round casserole or rectangular baking dish. Sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese over top.
Bake casserole 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender and dish is bubbling and lightly brown on top. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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