Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Potatoes au Gratin

Pioneer Woman’s Potatoes au Gratin are made using whole potatoes (no peeling needed), cream, butter, and cheese and are done in less than an hour.

Super easy recipe -Pioneer Woman's Perfect Potatoes au Gratin

Pioneer Woman’s Potatoes au Gratin

Few things could make Monday better than the recipe for Pioneer Woman’s Potatoes au Gratin. They are very literally perfect; cheesy, starchy, potato-laden heaven. Not only are they delicious, they are easy, too. You don’t even have to peel the potatoes! These are a perfect side for any grilled meat and are one of my favorite dishes to take to potlucks and family dinners. It’s a recipe that you need in your archive, and if eating gluten-free is an issue for you or a family member, I have instructions on how to make this dish gluten-free in the notes. I highly recommend pinning this one; it’s a keeper.

Can we go over the fact that you don’t have to peel the potatoes? That makes this recipe worth its weight in gold. It takes a little less than an hour to bake, so I have to be sure to plan for it so that it’s done when I need it to be. But it only has about 15 minutes of hands-on time that include washing and cutting up the potatoes and layering all of the cheesy creamy goodness in a dish. My kids can even help with the potato washing/cutting which makes the process go quickly. This is one of those dishes that always turns out well and it always tastes good. I can’t wait for you to try it.

Long live all the cheese-topped potato recipes.

What does au Gratin mean?

The phrase au Gratin refers to a dish that has a crusty top of some sort. It usually consists of cheese, eggs and sometimes bread crumbs.

What are the best potatoes to use for au Gratin Potatoes?

Russet potatoes are recommended for this recipe because of their starch content. They hold together well and cook up into nice soft pieces that stay together. That being said, I have used all kinds of potatoes and it still turns out and tastes great each time.

Can I make gluten free au Gratin potatoes?

Yes! To make this recipe gluten-free, switch out the 2 tablespoons of flour with 1 tablespoon of corn starch.

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Super easy recipe -Pioneer Woman's Perfect Potatoes au Gratin

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Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Potatoes au Gratin


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 50 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 8-10 1x

Description

Pioneer Woman’s Potatoes au Gratin are made using whole potatoes (no peeling needed), cream, butter, and cheese and are done in less than an hour.


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 large baking potatoes or 8 smaller potatoes (about 2 pounds total)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 24 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease the bottom and sides of a baking dish with the softened butter.
  3. Wash and scrub the potatoes clean but don’t worry about peeling them. Slice the potatoes into thick slices (somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick), then stack the slices and cut them into 4 pieces. Put all of the potato pieces in the bottom of the baking dish.
  4. In a small bowl whisk the cream, milk, flour, garlic, salt, and pepper together. Pour the mixture over the potatoes.
  5. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
  6. Add the cheese to the hot dish and bake for another 3-5 minutes until the cheese is all melted. Serve hot.

Notes

  • To make this recipe gluten-free, switch out the 2 tablespoons of flour with 1 tablespoon of corn starch.
  • Keep any leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 10 SERVING SIZE: 1 Generous Scoop
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201.2 Fat: 15.9g Cholesterol: 48.6mg Sodium: 269.6mg Carbohydrates: 12.4g Sugars: 2.4g Protein: 3.2g Vitamin A: 171.5µg Vitamin C: 5.8mg

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JKappy
JKappy

I’m making this now. It’s been in the oven at 400 for an hour and the potatoes are still hard. Only PW recipe I’ve ever made that’s failed me. It’ll probably taste good, but it’s going to take twice as long to get done as I’d planned for.

Donnetta
Donnetta

I made this dish so yummy. Can you make this ahead and freeze it?

Bo
Bo

Can you make this up the day before and keep it in the fridge and just pop it in the oven when you are ready to cook?

C
C

What size pan?

Linda Berglund
Linda Berglund

When you say baking dish about what size are you thinking? 9×13″ 8-9″ square? It looks delish…but I would like to start out right. Thank you! Linda

Lisa
Lisa

Also, BAKE for 40 minutes not BACK.

Dorene Hutchens
Dorene Hutchens

Thank you sounds so yummy

Jim
Jim

Cover the dish with foil and back for 40 minutes. Did you mean bake for 40 minutes.

Glenda callahan
Glenda callahan

I need these for Easter! So cute.?

Tara
Tara

I tried it today! Yummy!!! I added bacon crumbles because, you know, everything is better with bacon 🙂 I cooked it in my sun oven for about 60 minutes so I didn’t have to heat up the kitchen. This recipe is a keeper!

Just be glad your kids are all at church with you. Some families aren’t that lucky. So it may be frustrating, but “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” Be grateful for the rain, then one day there will be rainbows (do you remember Pres. Uchtdorf’s talk?)

Autumn Harris

I can’t wait to try these. Thank you for the work you put I to your blog. I love reading it and enjoy your recipes. I have tried many of them since I started reading your blog this past year. So, my 2 yr old daughter talks loudly during church. My Grandmother sits in our pew and is going deaf so she cannot hear how loud said little one is! So I have to grab her, focus her attention on me (look at me, kiddo!) and whisper to her that you may only whisper during church and you may not say anything while Pastor is praying. Do you understand? And I tell her to say, “Yes Ma’am,” if she does. She obeys Ma’am do much more than mom, lol! And we have Junior Church that begins right before the messages starts. At that time, 2 and under go to the Nursery, 3 and above go to Junior Church.
On Sunday nights an Wednesdays there is no Junior Church. We also do bags of quiet, healthy snacks, coloring books and other quiet activities, during those services to keep little ones entertained and quiet. If fit-throwing starts in, we take the offender out for disciplinary action, and return to the service as soon as we are calm and quiet again.

katie w

One of the best parts about having a new baby…I could go sit in the mother’s lounge to ‘feed the baby’ while my husband wrestled the other kids during Sacrament Meeting. hahaha! Sadly, I can’t really use that excuse anymore 🙂

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.