What could be better than easy au gratin potatoes? How about easy au gratin potatoes that are made on top of the stove in about half the time of the classic recipe? This potatoes au gratin recipe is SO cheesy and delicious that you may never make it the old fashioned way again.
For this recipe you’ll need: potatoes, onions, shredded cheddar and colby mixed cheese, evaporated milk, flour, butter, dried onions, garlic powder, salt, pepper
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I don’t know how it is at your house but here at the Audet-White house it can get pretty crazy during the holidays. Ok, it can get pretty crazy anytime but adding holiday cooking to the run of the mill craziness takes it up a couple of notches. And, on Thanksgiving Day I literally have no oven space even with a double oven. There’s no place to even warm up something I’ve made ahead of time.
That’s why I love these quick and easy au gratin potatoes. I’ve make them this way when I don’t have the time or the space for classic potatoes au gratin or slow cooker potatoes au gratin. This recipe is done in less than 30 minutes. If you cover the finished dish with aluminum foil and set it in a warm spot it will stay warm long enough to get dinner on the table.
And the creamy, gooey factor is out of this world.
Thanksgiving Circa 1968
I was the only child of older parents and we moved a lot. Thanksgiving at my house was most often a quiet event with just the three of us. Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pie… Mom liked to have lots of leftovers because cooking was not her favorite thing to do. In fact, you won’t believe this but it’s true, we’d eat turkey every day until it was just a carcass, then mom would put it in a big pot with vegetables and we’d have turkey stew… When that was gone she’d make turkey soup from it.
I swear to you we ate turkey until Christmas. I am probably emotionally damaged from six weeks of turkey.
Anyway, this easy au gratin potatoes recipe is one you’ll want to keep on hand. The potatoes cook faster if you cut them more thinly. If you want that crusty, golden brown top you can crisp it up with a kitchen torch. I’ve made it even easier by using thin skinned potatoes like Yukon Gold so that you don’t even have to take time to peel them!
Easy Au Gratin Potatoes Recipe
Easy Au Gratin Potatoes Recipe – Top of the Stove
This recipe will change your life! It makes au gratin potatoes SO easy… just add some slice smoked sausage or cooked ground beef to make it a main dish!
Easy Au Gratin Potatoes on Top of the Stove
- 2-1/4 pounds yukon gold potatoes washed and sliced thinly, or other thin skinned potato, skin left on
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 in a medium onions, sliced rings then quartered
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 14- ounce cans evaporated milk
- 1/4 cup dried onions
- 3 cups shredded colby-cheddar mixed cheese, divided use
- Bring salted water to boil in a large pot.
- Turn down to simmer and add the sliced potatoes
- Simmer until they are tender.
- Drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile melt the butter in a heavy frying pan.
- Add the onions and saute until they are tender.
- Remove from pan and set aside.
- Add 1 tablespoon more of the butter to the pan.
- Melt it and then add the flour.
- Cook on low, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
- Add the salt, garlic powder, and evaporated milk, whisking constantly.
- Add the dried onions.
- Simmer, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to thicken.
- Add the 2 cups of cheese and stir until smooth and creamy.
- Remove from heat.
- Add a layer of potatoes to the casserole dish.
- Cover with a layer of the cooked onions, about 1/2 cup of the sauce, and about 1/4 cup of the grated cheese.
- Repeat, ending with a layer of grated cheese.
- Broil the top of the casserole with a kitchen torch if desired.
- Cover with aluminum foil and set aside until ready to serve.
If you liked this easy potatoes au gratin recipe you may also like these Restless Chipotle favorites…
From left to right: fried potatoes, homemade tater tots, bourbon sweet potatoes with praline topping
This post is part of Meal Plan Monday #81.