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Super Easy Au Gratin Potatoes

An essential part of any holiday dinner, Potatoes Au Gratin always make an appearance at my dinner table. They are in the same line up as the pivotal, and always welcome,  green bean casserole and various baked vegetable dishes. The dinner table would be missing something if it didn’t have Potatoes Au Gratin, and I would be running from an angry mob of my great aunts and uncles carrying salad-forks and butter-knives.

Here at Recipe Lion we understand the desire to please friends and family with great food.  So, we went through our catalog, deep in to the recipe safe, and found one of our favorite, easy Potato Au Gratin recipes just for you and your hungry relatives. We would also like to share a little knowledge about the food we enjoy to make and eat so much.  Au Gratin is a culinary term that generally describes a dish that is baked with a topping of seasoned breadcrumbs and, our favorite, cheese!  Baked to perfection, the delicious topping should be a shimmering golden brown with a slight crisp to it.  Just talking about it is making my mouth water!

Not so good as a stocking stuffer, but perfect for the dinner table, treat your family to a great potato recipe this holiday season and fix them up a easy, cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin.  Heck, even if it isn’t the holiday season, make it.  It will never let you down.  We Promise.

Recipe: Au Gratin Potatoes


  • 2 pounds potatoes (6 medium)
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • paprika, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Cut potatoes in thin slices to measure 4 cups.
  3. Cook garlic and onion in butter till tender.
  4. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly, remove from heat.
  5. Stir in milk and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute.
  6. Place cheese sauce on potatoes.
  7. Bake uncovered for 1 hour 20 minutes or turn up the oven to 375 degrees F oven and bake for 1 hour.
  8. Mix remaining cheese and breadcrumbs, sprinkle over potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika.
  9. Bake uncovered until top is brown and bubbly, about 15 to 20 minutes longer.
Not so difficult,, eh?  We hope that you enjoy the recipe.  We sure did.  If you already have a great potato recipe, then check out our other 14 Holiday Casseroles that may better suit your holiday menu.  At Recipe Lion we know how important it is to make your holiday dinner perfect, and we’re just glad that we can help.
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