Perfect Potatoes Au Gratin

by Suzanne on February 28, 2013

in Side Dish

perfectaugratinpotatoesDo any of you have cookbooks that you have bought and you have every intention on making a few recipes from them but somehow you haven’t made a single thing? If your answering ME, ME, ME then you may be interested in this group.  I started collecting cookbooks about 15 years ago, and some of the cookbooks just sit there waiting for me to cook something from them.  I’m glad I’m not the only person like this, in fact, there is a group of us who are determined to cook a few recipes out of those cookbooks. The group is called Pass the Cook Book Club


If you want to join in with us and get cooking then click the link and join us in March or another month. Kita from Pass the Sushi came up with this sweet idea and got this group moving, thank you Kita!  Kita choose 3 different recipes from the Pioneer Woman Cookbook and then each person choose the recipe that appealed to them. Don’t have the cookbook that she is choosing from?…no worries she types the recipes out for us to cook :).

It’s still winter where I live I decided to make the side dish and comfort food Perfect Potatoes Au Gratin.
What are comfort foods? We often talk about them and we all seem to have one or two comfort foods, but are they real? The answer is yes, typically they are easy to digest foods which tend to be easy to make and are high in calories. Comfort foods can change our psyche from negative feelings to positive. What power our food has, depending on how it’s prepared it can evoke nostalgic or sentimental feelings that take us to a happier time or place. Typically, I want comfort food in winter because it’s cold outside and I want something to warm me from the inside out like soups, stews and hot drinks, but comfort foods are not limited to winter or cold weather.


A comfort food to you may be something totally different than mine, pay attention to the types of foods that you crave and the feelings that they bring to you and you will find out what your comfort food is or are. Perfect potatoes au gratin is a homey side dish that has all the elements of comfort food for me, it’s soft in texture, simple to make, high in calories and so good. I can go from tired and crabby to mellow and sweet by end of this dish.  The original recipe was larger  but my family is small so I halved the recipe and  I cut back a little on the fat by using half and half and low fat milk instead of cream and whole milk, but I used a little more cheese so it all evened out :).  I hope you  give this recipe a try or you are inspired to cook something new out of that old cookbook collecting dust on the shelf.

Perfect Potatoes Au Gratin

1 tbs butter, softened
2 large russets potatoes
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 T. flour
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. salt and pepper
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
1 scallion, thinly sliced

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Step 2: Slice the potatoes into sticks, then dice. Place in a large baking dish.
Step 3: Microwave the butter until melted, then sprinkle the flour in with the melted butter and mix with a fork until smooth.
Step 4: Combine the milk and half and half in a separate bowl and microwave 1 minute until warm. Add the garlic, salt and pepper and whisk. Gently whisk the milk mixture into the butter flour mixture and pour over potatoes.
Step 5: Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and and bake for another 20 minutes.
Step 6: Just before serving, sprinkle with cheese and bake for another 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted & bubbly. Sprinkle on the green onions and serve hot.
Recipe adapted from: Pioneer Woman Cooks


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1 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts February 28, 2013 at 11:39 am

I made the potatoes too – yours looks wonderful! So creamy!

2 dixya @ food, pleasure, and health February 28, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I do not own many cook books although I love the idea of cooking from it- i need help with following directions 🙂 love how you made this dish healthier!

3 Sandra's Easy Cooking February 28, 2013 at 11:40 am

What a fun group! Will check it out. Your potatoes au gratin look fantastic! Great recipe and simple just the way I like it! Thank you for sharing and have a beautiful day!

4 Kristen February 28, 2013 at 11:59 am

I didn’t make the potatoes this time, but I think it’s a good thing I printed out all three recipes. I am definitely going to have to make these potatoes.

5 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 28, 2013 at 12:29 pm

There’s nothing more comforting than creamy potatoes!

6 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm

You were smart to serve this with a salad. I should’ve done the same.

7 Diana @GourmetDrizzles February 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Suzanne, these look awesome! Was so excited that this month was based on The Pioneer Woman’s cookbook. Can’t wait to try this, and be part of your group for next month too! 😉

8 kita February 28, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I love that you paired this with a salad. When picking it I was shocked how much cream and cheese was in it – but everyone seems to have done a great job of balancing that out. Thank you so much for joining us Suzanne!

9 Jen @JuanitasCocina February 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm

These ARE the perfect comfort food. I loved them and can’t wait to make them again!

10 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} February 28, 2013 at 9:31 pm

You had me at cheese and potatoes! All neatly packed into a pan and baked to perfection – now your talking. Delish! Interesting cookbook idea – will have to check out the link!

11 Isabelle @ Crumb March 1, 2013 at 9:17 am

I’m totally with you on this dish being the ultimate comfort food… anything made with potatoes, cream and/or cheese usually tends to rate really high on the comfort food scale for me, so this recipe is a perfect trifecta of comfort-ness! 🙂
Also, I love that you lightened it up a little. I have to admit that I gulped a little when I saw the cup and a half of cream in the original version!

12 Erin @ Texanerin Baking March 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm

More cheese was definitely the right decision! I think this is the first time I’ve seen diced potatoes in potatoes au gratin. That must save so much time! Will have to keep that in mind for the next time I make them. Last time ended in disaster. I ate all the sauce before I even got to preparing the potatoes. Whoops!

13 Valerie March 2, 2013 at 8:11 am

Comfort food indeed! You and Erin (Dinners Dishes and Desserts) are making me crave cheesy potato au gratin like never before. 😀 I could happily live off of this during the long winter months.

14 CCU March 3, 2013 at 12:41 am

I love the combo with salad how delicious 😀


15 Julia | March 3, 2013 at 3:05 am

These potatoes are so creamy; this would make a perfect dish to so many main courses: steak, chicken, fish, etc.

16 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) March 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I wish I had some potatoes in the house right now. This gratin looks great!

17 The Café Sucré Farine March 3, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Potatoes are definitely one of my “comfort foods”. These look scrumptious!

18 Suzanne March 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm

thanks Chris 🙂

19 Lora @cakeduchess March 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm

What a fun cookbook club that Kita started. Love this idea b/c I have so many I need to dive into:) Scrumptious potatoes and I want to take a bite now!

20 Suzanne March 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I know it was genius of her, what a great way to get us all cooking new things.

21 Kiran @ March 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm

I love a good hearty potato side dish. This looks incredibly creamy and yum 🙂

22 Suzanne March 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm

thank you Kiran 🙂

23 Carol | a cup of mascarpone March 6, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I could use a big helping of these potatoes with the nasty, snowy weather we are having in Northern Virginia today! Need comforting…and what a better way!!

24 Patty March 7, 2013 at 12:09 am

This is my idea of comfort food-anything with potatoes and cheese-oh my!!!!
The cooking from cook book group sounds like fun-can’t wait to see what you make;)

25 Tessa March 14, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Your potatoes au gratin looks so delicious! Without a doubt one of the best comfort foods ever!

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