Au Gratin Potatoes taste rich, creamy, oh so cheesy and are totally easy to make! This recipe is creamy comfort food at its best!
Au Gratin Potatoes
Potatoes Au Gratin is one of our family’s very favorite potato dishes. Since many of us hail from the great state of Idaho, we know a thing or two about potatoes. We take our spuds seriously around here. Au Gratin potatoes are simple to make and deliciously rich and creamy. We love serving them with Easter ham dinner, roast chicken, meatloaf, pot roast or salmon. Just about any meat dish just tastes better with these potatoes served alongside. Leave your diet at the door for just a minute and enjoy a heaping helping of these cheesy potatoes; you will not regret a single bite!
Different Names for Au Gratin Potatoes
These Potatoes Au Gratin are also called scalloped potatoes or Dauphinoise (dah-feen-was) potatoes. This dish originally comes from the Dauphine region in southeast France. My family has always called them Au Gratin potatoes, but my husband grew up eating “scalloped”. It took us having quite a little argument to realize we were talking about the exact same recipe! No matter what you call them, these potatoes are sure to disappear quickly at your next gathering.
Best Potatoes to Use for Au Gratin Potatoes
The best potatoes to use for the dish are gold potatoes. They are smooth and creamy in texture and have a sweet flavor. The inside of the potato is a golden color – thus the name “Yukon Gold.” But if you have russets on hand, by all means, use them! They are flaky and light and can make delicious au gratin potatoes.
What is Gruyere Cheese?
I tried a variety of cheese in this dish that I have never tried before – Gruyere cheese. The semi-soft cheese is especially flavorful and rich. You can find Gruyere cheese in the specialty cheese section in your local grocery store. I found it near the Swiss cheeses. Gruyere cheese is slightly salty and has a creamy, nutty flavor. It is known as being one of the finest cheeses for baking. It melts beautifully and turns a golden brown when baked on top of a casserole or dish in the oven.
Tips for Perfect Au Gratin Potatoes
- A helpful tip for baking these in the oven is to place the casserole dish on a rimmed cookie sheet lined with foil. This will help with clean up if the potatoes boil over while cooking, or if it tips when putting it into or pulling it out of the oven.
- Slice potatoes between 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Any thinner and the potatoes will be too crisp. Thicker slices won’t cook as evenly.
- Layer potatoes by overlapping the slices slightly. This will help keep the sauce in place and won’t all seep to the bottom.
- Add more cheese like cheddar to the Gruyere mixture for even more cheesy flavor.
- For a slow cooker option, see our recipe for Slow Cooker Au Gratin Potatoes.
What To Serve with Au Gratin Potatoes
Add a serving of these cheesy, creamy potatoes to any of these dishes and you’ll have a stunning meal everyone will love!
- Honey Baked Ham (Copycat recipe)
- Sunday Pot Roast (Instant Pot Recipe)
- Rosemary Tri-Tip Roast
- Lemon Pepper Chicken
- Roast Turkey Breast
- Claim Jumper Meatloaf (copycat)
How to make Au Gratin Potatoes
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Peel and slice the potatoes. Place the slices of potatoes in a bowl filled with cold water as you cut them so they don't turn brown.
- Rub the two halves of garlic on the sides and bottom of a 2.5 liter or 3 quart casserole dish. Spread butter along sides and bottom of the dish.
- Heat the heavy cream and milk on medium heat until it comes to a simmer.
- Drain the water from the sliced potatoes.
- Layer half of the sliced potatoes, half of the heated cream mixture, and half of the cheese, then repeat.
- Bake until potatoes are soft and golden brown on top, about 50-55 minutes.
- Casserole dish