We typically only get mom's cheesy potatoes au gratin once per year. Two baking dishes of potatoes are prepared and we fight over leftovers. Welcome to Easter at my mom's house with bunny rabbit place mats, perfectly cooked ham and potatoes au gratin so good we fight over it...comically, yet viciously.
Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin is an easy gourmet side
As I've mentioned in other posts: I'm a potato fiend. My favorite food is potatoes. But potatoes au gratin is a treat because it's not something we make too often. It's simple. Potatoes, onions, butter, cheese, and milk. The ingredients are cheap and this is such an easy recipe. Also, can you think of a single person you know who doesn't love cheesy potatoes? We fancy it up a bit with some toasted, buttery cracker crumbs too. Over the years, those buttery cracker crumbs have become one of my favorite parts about this recipe.
I'm always a fan of seasoning as you go and truly think it makes a difference with most recipes. However, with this recipe I do not salt and pepper between the layers. The cheese has a lot of salt in it and I don't love pepper with this dish. I prefer letting people salt it if they want to when served. You can certainly add a pinch to the layers if you prefer, but I opt not to.
A brief history of my relationship with potatoes
My mother has been preparing this dish every year since childhood. Interestingly, I did not like potatoes growing up and refused to eat them. Of course, I didn't make the connection that French fries were made with potatoes when I was real little and loved those. I ate my first baked potato at 19 years old. And needless to say, I've never looked back.
I can't think of anything more comforting than a bowl of cheesy potatoes. And even though this is a cheesy recipe, the potato doesn't get lost in it. That's what I love about it. The potato is still the star of this dish. Thanks mom! Hope you all enjoy this recipe!
If you're looking for other yummy potato treats, you should check out my Potato Bacon Croquettes with Gorgonzola Bechamel, Fancy French Fries or my Crispy Mashed Potatoes with all the Fixin'sPrint