Easy Au Gratin Potatoes
3 medium potatoes, thinly sliced (5 cups loosely packed)
1 onion, chopped
2 tbls butter
2 tbls flour
1 cup milk
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (4 oz)*
1 tsp salt
½ tsp dried pepper
½ tsp dried thyme
Preheat oven to 350℉.
Melt butter in saute pan over medium heat. Add onion and saute until soft.
Add flour and stir to combine. Slowly add milk, stirring constantly. Add salt, pepper and thyme. Bring to simmer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar cheese until melted.
Use cooking pray to coat 6”x8” oven proof baking pan or 6 cup casserole. Lay down ⅓ of potatoes followed by sauce. Continue layering until all potatoes and sauce are used, leaving enough sauce to completely cover top of potatoes.
Bake in oven until potatoes are tender, 60-70 minutes.
* Any well melting, hard cheese can be substituted for cheddar so feel use whatever you have on hand. Alternately, cheese can be eliminated entirely to make scalloped potatoes. Increase milk by ½ cup.
6 servings, 225 calories per serving
Hack #1: Freeze leftovers in serving sized portions in sealable freezer bags or containers.
Hack #2: If baking other items, oven temps (and cooking times) can be adjusted for this recipe.