Potato Gratin Recipe Easy + Cheesy
These cheesy baked potatoes are the perfect side dish to any meal! With a homemade creamy sauce and layers of parmesan and cheddar, this baked potato recipe is so rich and creamy!
Potatoes are a staple in side dishes, and this recipe proves it! For more potato noodles, be sure to check out Roasted Red Potatoes, Scalloped Potatoes, and Funeral Potatoes.
Homemade Golden Baked Potatoes
Hey guys, Alicia is here! I have to admit, I don’t usually like side dishes. Sure, I love to eat them, but it’s usually not worth the extra time and effort I need to make a side dish for dinner.
We generally just eat some sautéed veggies and fresh fruit for dinner, saving the real side dishes for special occasions. However, when the holidays roll around, all I care about is the side dishes! I love filling my plate with everything from mashed potatoes to stuffing to sweet potato casserole.
This delicious baked potato recipe is perfect for your holiday table (or any other time you need something delicious!) It’s easy to make, and it’s so cheesy and delicious!
The word “Au Gratin” makes these potatoes sound like super tasty potatoes, doesn’t it? As fancy as it sounds (it tastes like a million bucks to me), this recipe is actually pretty simple!
“Au Gratin” is French and literally means “through the grating”. So you’ll see recipes that bake bread with crumbs, shredded cheese, or both, and then brown.
Trust me, this recipe is every cheese lover’s dream! Potatoes are wrapped in a rich homemade cheese sauce and topped with more shredded cheese. So much cream cheese flavor in every bite! !
How to Make Baked Potatoes:
Potatoes Au Gratin takes just a little time to prepare, between potato slicing, sauce making and layering. But they do have to bake in the oven for an hour and a half (when you can smell the cheese, it feels like an eternity)!
Potato. Start by slicing the potatoes thinly (using a mandolin or chef’s knife), then spread them out on a baking sheet. I like to do the whole process in layers so I can maximize the cheesy flavor.
Floor. You’ll then top each layer of potatoes with a creamy rich homemade cheese sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan and cheddar cheeses.
(notes: If cheddar isn’t your cup of tea, you can use Gruyere, Jack cheese, or even asiago cheese. This recipe is completely customizable to your unique taste! )
Repeat two more times, starting with potatoes and ending with grated cheese.
bake. Bake the potatoes covered for an hour, then covered for an additional 20-30 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
It’s a good idea to let them sit down before serving So the sauces can thicken a bit, so also consider the 10-15 minute cooling time after they come out of the oven.
Crock pot version
You can layer the potatoes, sauce, and cheese in a crock pot just like you would in a pan and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
This may result in a slightly different texture as it won’t have the crunch on top as in the oven, but the taste will be the same.
Recipe Notes + Tips
Just we want to make sure you know some dos and don’ts for this recipe…
- We used red potatoes but you could easily use russet potatoes.
- You can easily add cooked protein like diced ham, shredded chicken or bacon to turn this delicious side dish into a main meal.
- Put chopped green onion on top
leftovers: Place leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for 2-3 days. You can also freeze them for up to 1 month. Keep in mind that the texture of potatoes can change when frozen. Reheat smaller portions in the microwave. Larger portions can be reheated in the oven.
one step ahead: You can assemble this dish the day before. Be sure to press the plastic wrap over the otp of the casserole. Store in the refrigerator and bake as directed.
NOTE: Some potatoes near the top may be discolored, but not noticeable after baking.
These Baked Potatoes are so delicious! They’re a bit too rich to eat every day, but they’re perfect for a vacation or special dinner. And they’re so delicious, you’ll be craving them all the time. 🙂
For more potato side dishes, check out:
Course Side Dishes
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Chill for 15 minutes
Total time 1 hour 55 minutes
Serving Size 6
Calories 392 kcal
by Lil’ Luna
- 6 medium red potatoes, thinly sliced
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 9 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour and cook for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown. Slowly add milk and cream, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Cook for another 5-6 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper and a cup of cheddar cheese.
Spread a third of the potato slices as evenly as possible in the prepared baking sheet. Pour a third of the sauce over the potatoes and spread. Sprinkle the top with ⅓ of the Parmesan and ⅓ of the remaining cheddar. Repeat these layers twice.
Cover with foil and bake for an hour. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly. Cool for 15-20 minutes before serving.
I love potato dishes and these look amazing! Thanks Alicia for sharing! For more of Alicia’s delicious recipes, check out Baker upstairs.
Please enjoy! !