Au Gratin Potatoes

Au Gratin Potatoes

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From: EatingWell Magazine, March 1998

We use flour-thickened milk combined with a modest amount of tangy sharp Cheddar to make a creamy cheese sauce for our healthy spin on the classic potatoes au gratin recipe. They're topped with additional cheese and some breadcrumbs, then baked until golden brown and bubbling. Serve the au gratin potatoes as a Thanksgiving side or with roasted chicken and vegetables for a satisfying dinner.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 3 pounds red potatoes
  • 1 small onion, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cups low-fat milk, divided
  • 1⅓ cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • ½ cup plain dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil


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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook, covered, until barely tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain, cool and slip off skins.
  3. Coarsely shred the potatoes in a food processor or with the large-holed side of a box grater.
  4. Place onion, garlic, flour, salt, dry mustard, cayenne and black pepper in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add ½ cup milk and process until smooth. Scrape into a medium saucepan and add the remaining 2½ cups milk. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly. Simmer, stirring, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup Cheddar until melted.
  5. Combine the potatoes and the cheese sauce. Transfer to the prepared pan. Combine the remaining ⅓ cup cheese, breadcrumbs and oil in a small bowl and mix with your fingers. Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the potato mixture.
  6. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake until golden brown and bubbling, about 20 minutes more. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  • To make ahead: Prepare through Step 5; cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 289 calories; 9 g fat(4 g sat); 4 g fiber; 41 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein; 59 mcg folate; 25 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 416 IU vitamin A; 16 mg vitamin C; 283 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 677 mg sodium; 947 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Calcium (28% daily value), Vitamin C (27% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, ½ milk (1%), ½ high-fat protein

Reviews 1

April 09, 2010
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By: Jen
This is a great recipe. I might half the ingredients and portion size if you're making for 2-4 people. The only thing this missed was perhaps more salt and cheddar. I expected it to have more flavor and am considering adding a little more of each next time I make this. Overall, still great, just might need to be more seasoned to suit my taste.
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