Meatless Monday - Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes

One thing that I've missed so much since giving up heavily processed food is Au Gratin Potatoes.  I’ve never been a patient person and making the cheese sauce required for this type of dish and other dishes like Mac & Cheese were a struggle for me.  I’d always end up separating the sauce somehow.  It was so frustrating and after two or three tries I gave up.


I decided to give it one more try and it was sooooo worth it.   The amazing recipe is below.  Enjoy!




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Ingredients
4-6 large russet potatoes, cut in ¼ inch slices
1 small onion finely diced
3 tbsp Butter
3 tbsp flour
2 cups of milk
2 – 2 ½ cups of shredded cheddar cheese
Salt
Pepper



The Potatoes
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

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Wash your potatoes
Butter a 1 – 1 ½ quart casserole dish

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Slice potatoes to about ¼ inch thick

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Layer the potatoes in the pan

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Finely dice the onion

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Alternate the potatoes with the diced onion

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Season with salt and pepper

The Sauce

Melt the butter over medium heat in a medium sauce pan

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Mix in the flour and salt and whisk for one minute



Stir in the milk and whisk

Cook and stir until the sauce has thickened

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Grate 2 - 2 1/2 cups of cheese
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Add the cheese and stir until the cheese is melted

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Pour over the potatoes and cover with foil

Bake for 1 ½ hours

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Serve

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This dish can easily be modified to include meats such as sausage or diced ham or perhaps adding a meat substitute.   Next time I’m going to try switching up the cheeses.  Maybe try a Gorgonzola mixture with sharp white cheddar.

Love to hear what you think of this one!

Namaste & Blessed Be
Sosanna
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Renee Olson

Wife, Witch with the Metal Skills of a Dark Elf. I spend my time working with wire, weaving life and magic.

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