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Video:How to Make Potatoes Au Gratin

with Blain Pennington

Want to learn how to make potatoes au gratin at home? Here, see easy step-by-step instructions for making potatoes au gratin.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Potatoes Au Gratin

Hi, Blain Pennington here for About.com, and today we are going to show you how to prepare a simple yet delicious side dish: potatoes au gratin.

What Are Potatoes Au Gratin

Potatoes au gratin, commonly referred to as scalloped potatoes, is the perfect side dish that will compliment any main course. With its crispy crust and center of melted cheese and butter, this creamy classic is sure to be requested time and time again. Let's get started.

Ingredients for Potatoes Au Gratin

To make potatoes au gratin, you'll need:
  • 3 cups of diced cooked potatoes 6 tablespoons of butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 and a 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • and 1 cup of soft bread crumbs

Instructions for Making Potatoes Au Gratin

First, slice your potatoes 1/8 of an inch thick using either a food processor or a knife. Be careful – if you slice too thin your potatoes will fall apart; if you slice too thick your sauce won't stick to them. Once sliced, cook them in boiling water for about 3 to 5 minutes, making sure they stay firm. Remember -- you will cook them further in the oven. If you want the potatoes to have a crunchy texture, put them on a cookie sheet and broil for a few minutes. Then, add them to a shallow, broiler-proof baking dish. Next, melt six tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Transfer three tablespoons of butter to a small bowl and set side. Now add flour to the remaining three tablespoons in the saucepan and stir thoroughly until the mixture has thickened. Gradually stir in the milk. Continue cooking until the sauce is thick and easily coats the back of a spoon. Then, sprinkle the top of the mixture with cheese and stir in until melted. Cheddar cheese is a great choice, but if you're looking for something healthier opt for shredded mozzarella instead. Once melted and combined, drizzle the cheese sauce evenly over the potatoes in the baking dish.

Additional Instructions for Making Potatoes Au Gratin

After adding the cheese sauce to the potatoes, put the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl. Spoon the remaining three tablespoons of melted butter and coat them evenly using a spoon. Next, top the potatoes and cheese sauce with the breadcrumbs and place the pan in the oven and bake until the cream is bubbly around the edges and the top is golden brown. This generally takes about fifteen minutes at 400 degrees. When it's done, remove from the oven and wait a couple minutes before serving. This recipe is a classic, but don't be afraid to think out of the box. Create your own variations by adding ingredients when layering the potato such as caramelized onions, mushrooms or bacon. You can also spice up the crunchy breadcrumb topping by adding green chili peppers, chili powder or a few jalapeños.

Potatoes au gratin is good alone, but its real potential is as a satisfying side to any BBQ, salad or Thanksgiving turkey or brisket. We hope this simple and delicious recipe become a favorite in your household.

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