grandma’s extra cheesy au gratin potatoes

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Who doesn’t love some extra cheesy, ooey gooey, au gratin potatoes from time to time? They’re delicious with almost everything, and an absolute must when you’re serving ham! I made these again this Easter. This recipe is tried and true, easy, and perfect! The BEST au gratin potatoes EVER!

~ preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ~

6 Tablespoons butter

6 Tablespoons all purpose flour

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 cups whole OR 2% milk

10 oz. shredded cheddar cheese (we always use extra sharp!)

12 medium Yukon Gold OR russet potatoes

1 cup finely chopped onion

2 Tablespoons chopped chives (fresh or dry) OR chopped parsley

1/2 teaspoon regular or smoked paprika

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Generously butter a glass, 9×13 baking pan.

Wash and peel potatoes. Slice thin. Chop onions. Combine with potatoes. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour and pepper. Whisk constantly, until the mixture turns a light amber color and smells slightly nutty. Gradually whisk in milk. Continue whisking until mixture comes to a gentle boil and thickens, approximately 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in shredded cheddar cheese until smooth. Stir in potatoes and onions. Transfer to prepared baking dish and smooth into an even layer. Sprinkle with the chives/parsley, paprika, and nutmeg. Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Uncover and bake an additional 30 to 40 minutes, or until deep golden on top, bubbly, and potatoes are tender.

Enjoy!

~Melissa

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  9 comments for “grandma’s extra cheesy au gratin potatoes

  1. Sharon Jesse
    April 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    My grandson would love this. He is a cheese fanatic. Everything has to have cheese on it. Noodles. pasta. french fries w. bacon and cheese. Macaroni and cheese. This is homemade so I am certain it will be better than anything that comes in a box. Oh my yumm!!

    • Melissa
      April 29, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you, Sharon! Enjoy 🙂

  2. Dw
    April 30, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Any suggestions on adjusted cook time when this recipe is halved, cooked in 8x8x2 pan?

    • Melissa
      April 30, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Almost the exact same cooking time. Check it 5 minutes prior to original cooking time. 🙂

  3. Megan
    June 5, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    I love thes

  4. Laurie
    July 22, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Be ready! These are addicting! You even forget about the calories, lol. The best recipe I’ve had. It’s all in the quality of ingredients you use. I use all organic products and a good quality cheese, extra sharp cheddar.

    • Melissa
      July 23, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Hi Laurie! So happy you enjoyed the potatoes! I agree!!! Addictive!

  5. Patrick
    August 30, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Hey. That´s such a nice reciepe. Do you happen to know how it would affect cooking time if pre cooked potatoes are used?

    • Melissa
      August 31, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      I would guess just until everything is very hot and melted all the way through. 🙂

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