Potatoes au Gratin made with a homemade creamy cheese sauce drizzled over thinly sliced potatoes and a layer of onions nestled in the middle. Plus a full blog hop Thanksgiving menu below to help plan your turkey day meal!
I can’t believe how quick time is flying by. In only two weeks’ time, it will be Thanksgiving!! That to me, is unbelievable. It seems like it was just Halloween. (Oh, wait. It was! Ha!)
I have a love/hate relationship with Thanksgiving. I love love love food and enjoy the meal, but sometimes it seems like a whole lot of work for one single dinner! Especially when you’re cooking the entire thing by yourself for your family.
Also, there are so many dishes you could make for Thanksgiving, and so many recipes to make them with, that it can get overwhelming. If you feel the same way that I do, don’t worry. I got your back. 😉
Today I’m partnering with a bunch of blogger friends to bring you 25+ Amazing Thanksgiving Recipes (below), from the turkey to the pie!
My little piece of the menu today, is the potatoes. Usually an overlooked part of the dinner, in my opinion. Well, not this recipe. These potatoes au gratin have pizzazz. OMG I can’t believe I just said pizzazz. Um, oomph? Panache? Zip? Zing?
Whatever you wanna call it, it has a little something different. A homemade cheese sauce drizzled over thinly sliced potatoes with a layer of onions nestled in the middle. The combo makes for an unforgettable side dish your family and guests will love, whether it’s Thanksgiving day or accompanying your main dish on a weekday. It’s gooooood.
- 4 russet potatoes peeled and sliced in 1/4 inch slices
- 1 yellow onion sliced into thin rings
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400º F. Spray a 1.5 quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Layer 1/2 of the peeled and sliced potatoes into the bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Top potato layer with the onion slices, and then add the remaining potatoes onto the top. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Melt butter over medium heat in a medium-sized saucepan. Mix in the flour and salt, and stir constantly with a whisk for one minute. Stir in milk. Whisk and cook until mixture has thickened.
- Stir in cheese all at once, and continue stirring until melted, about 30 to 60 seconds. Taste and season accordingly.
- Pour cheese sauce over the potatoes, and cover the dish with aluminum foil.
- Bake 1 1/2 hours in the preheated oven. When finished, potatoes should be bubbly and hot.
- Remove foil and dish onto plates and enjoy!
Check out what my blog friends made in the Thanksgiving Menu below:
Maple – Glazed Turkey with Bacon and Sage | Five Heart Home
Turkey Tetrazzini w/ Mushrooms and Kale | The Fountain Ave Kitchen
Orange Balsamic Glazed Ham | Cherished Bliss
Turkey Soup | Carmel Moments
Cranberry Stuffed Turkey | Thoughts from Alice
Cauliflower Gratin | Love Grows Wild
Creamy Cheese Corn Casserole | Five Heart Home
Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese and Pecans | Delightful E Made
Sautéed French Green Beans | Cherished Bliss
Potatoes Au Gratin | Yummy Healthy Eats
Mashed Sweet Potatoes | Live Laugh Rowe
Honey-Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes | Cooking with Ruthie
Cheesy Garlic & Herb Mashed Potatoes | Cherished Bliss
Harvest Grain Rolls | Heather’s French Press
Jello Salad | Your Homebased Mom
Herb and Cheese Monkey Bread | Five Heart Home
Brown Rice | Uncommon Designs
Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie | Cooking with Curls
Apple Pie Waffles | Club Narwhal
Raspberry Pie | Dessert Now Dinner Later
Triple Layer Chocolate Pie | I Should be Mopping the Floor
Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pecan Pie | Lemon Tree Dwelling
No Bake Brown Sugar Cheesecake w/ Spiced Pears | Baking a Moment
Nutella Kahlua Truffles | Kleinworth & Co
Pumpkin Cupcakes & Maple Cream Cheese Frosting | Cupcake Diaries
Cream Filled Coffee Cake | Tastes of Lizzy T
Cranberry Orange Mulled Wine | Wine and Glue
Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake | Maison De Pax
Amy | Club Narwhal says
Jen, this is EASILY my favorite potato dish and your version looks amazing. I’m torn between having mashed potatoes or gratin this year–maybe I’ll just have to have both 🙂
Yes, definitely both Amy!! You can never go wrong with potatoes and they always make such great leftovers! Have a great week!
heather @french press says
this has always been one of my favorite potato dishes
Me too! Thanks Heather!!
Ginny McMeans says
I had to stumble this – it looks so delicious!
Oh, thanks a TON Ginny! I heart you, friend! xo!
Ilona @ Ilona's Passion says
Yum! Pinned it! I am going to make them this week, I just can’t live without potatoes:)
Oooh…I hope you love them as much as we did/do! Thanks Ilona!!
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads says
This look absolutely wonderful! Such a great side for Thanksgiving!
Thanks Sheena!! You’re so sweet! xo!
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
The perfect addition to our holiday table Jen! They look scrumptious! Pinned!
Thanks so much, Trish!! And thanks for the pin! xo!
Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen says
I know, seriously, how is November almost half over already? Didn’t we just turn the calendar page a few days ago?! Au gratin potatoes are the ultimate comfort food, and I love this homemade version!
Thanks Kristine!! I can’t get over how fast time is flying by. It needs to slow down! Although, I love Christmas so I’m excited for that, ha!
A perfect addition to a holiday meal…or any meal!
Thanks so much, Ann!
Samantha @ Five Heart Home says
I feel sure that these would disappear in no time, Jen…holy yum! I love the idea changing things up a bit on Thanksgiving in lieu of traditional mashed potatoes. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with our Thanksgiving Menu Blog Hop!
I LOVE this blog hop! Thanks so much for putting it together Samantha! You rock!
Melanie | Melanie Makes says
Jen – these look absolutely out of this world! I’m a sucker for all things potato and can’t wait to give these a try. Pinned!
Me too! I’m potato obsessed! Thanks Melanie!! xo!
Courtney @ Neighborfood says
Can you believe I’ve never made classic potatoes au gratin? That definitely needs to change!
They’re so easy! Although, my boys love those disgusting boxed ones, too lol! Thanks Courtney!
Cate @ Chez CateyLou says
I think about that too, so much work for one meal! Luckily I haven’t ever had to make the whole thing. I don’t know how my mom does it!! I love your potatoes – these would be such a great addition to the Thanksgiving spread!
Thanks Cate!! It’s such a love/hate thing for me. My mom wants to skip it this year and I’m not sure how I feel about it. :/ Maybe I can talk her into at least making the potatoes and your cornbread stuffing! And pie, of course! 🙂
Carol at Wild Goose Tea says
This type of potato is always always always a crowd pleaser.
So true! Thanks Carol! xo!
Allie | Baking a Moment says
Potatoes are hands-down one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving dinner. Especially when they’re cheesy! These look fantastic Jen and I love that there are onions in there too 😉
Gotta have the onions! Thanks so much, Allie!! xo!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
Pinned this to my Thanksgiving Pinterest board. . these need to be on my thanksgiving table!!! delicious!
Thanks Alice!!! And thanks for the pin! xo!
I’m with you! So much work for one day (and leftovers!) This is a great collection to have, makes my life easier!
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
Ooh I love cheesy potatoes! If I don’t make this for Thanksgiving, I”ll make it for dinner soon for sure! Thanks for all the great recipe ideas 🙂
Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods says
Jen, these potatoes look delicious! My husband is crazy, and I mean CRAZY for potatoes au gratin. He is going to love these.
Liz Fourez says
Potatoes au Gratin are my FAVORITE! These look so creamy and delicious! Pinning. 🙂
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I’m totally with you, Jen. I love the IDEA of Thanksgiving (and the eating part of course), but when it comes right down to it, it really is just so much work. I love these potatoes though! They are more than reason enough to be gung-ho for Thanksgiving this year!
Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled says
Jen, your Potatoes au gratin looks delicious and I think I need to add your recipe to my Thanksgiving recipe list! Pinned 🙂
Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says
This is hands down my favorite side dish! Pinned!