Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Au Gratin Potatoes

My husband has an obsession with any kind of Au gratin potatoes, specifically Betty Crocker's Au Gratin Potatoes which I think are nasty...okay maybe not nasty but boxed potatoes just aren't my thing.  Actually I'm kind of a snob when it comes to boxed food, I'll eat it but I prefer not to cook it or buy it.  Growing up we had boxed mac and cheese and that's about it and even now Lee insists on me making homemade mac & cheese thanks to my sister making it for him.  I had never even tried Hamburger Helper till I was 17, and I still don't make it but I do make a homemade version from Annie that is delicious and so easy to make. 

Okay so my husband has this big test tonight so I asked him to pick a main dish he wanted tonight and of coarse he picked his favorite, Fried Chicken.  I don't make it much but since he requested it I was going to make it and when I came across this homemade version of Au Gratin Potatoes I knew I had to make it for him and he loved it and so did I!  And it was quick to mix together, it took me about 7-10minutes and it was definitely worth the time.  I'm sure I'll be making this alot in the future!

Au Gratin Potatoes

4-6 potatoes depending on size
2 Tbsp. butter
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp. flour
2-4 garlic cloves, minced (depends on taste)
1 tsp. salt
pepper, to taste
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Slice potatoes and set to side.  I left the skins on and they tasted good but peel them too if that's what you like.

Whisk together cream, milk, flour, garlic, salt, and pepper. 

Alternate potatoes and cream mixture into dish with cream mixture on top.  I did it in just 2 layers but the original recipe says 3 but I'm sure you could probably just put potatoes on bottom and then pour cream mixture over and it will still turn out the same. 

Cover with foil and bake for 30minutes, uncover and bake for 20.  Sprinkle the cheese over and let melt, then remove from oven!

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman.

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