Au Gratin Potatoes Recipe

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Au Gratin potatoes recipe

An Au Gratin potatoes recipe is a rather simple recipe yet a very satisfying combination of potatoes, butter, milk or cream and your favorite seasonings.

Cheese is often added to Potatoes Au Gratin however is not always included. You can "tweak" any gratin to make it your own. This recipe includes both garlic and nutmeg.

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Garlic Au Gratin Potatoes Recipe


  • 2 1/2 pounds of Russet potatoes (about 5)
  • 2 large cloves of garlic (cut one clove in half; mince the other clove)
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 "pinches" of grated nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. 

Rub the inside of your au gratin dish or other eight cup baking dish with the cut garlic halves. Discard garlic. Use 1 tablespoon of butter to coat the inside of the baking dish.

In a large cooking pot, combine the cream, whole milk, minced garlic, grated nutmeg, salt, pepper and the rest of of the butter. 

Bring the milk mixture to a low simmer. Stir frequently.

Peel  and slice the potatoes into even slices while the milk mixture comes to a simmer. Drop the potato slices into the milk mixture as you peel and slice them. Cover the cooking pot and simmer for about 3 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the potato slices to your prepared au gratin baking dish. 

You can choose to overlap the slices to create an attractive presentation.

Pour the milk mixture over the potatoes and cover with "buttered" aluminum foil.

Bake covered at 375 degrees for forty minutes; remove the aluminum foil and bake for twenty minutes longer. 

Remove your Garlic Au Gratin potatoes recipe from the over. Allow to stand for about ten minutes.


Au Gratin Potatoes Recipe Variations

There are many ways to make your au gratin potatoes unique. With the addition of one or two added ingredients, you can enjoy this recipe with the addition of your favorite flavors.

  • Prosciutto Au Gratin: Chop 4 oz. of prosciutto and layer it between the potato slice before baking.
  • Asparagus and potato Au Gratin: Trim a dozen thin spears of asparagus and layer them between the potato slices. You could also combine asparagus and prosciutto for a unique flavor combo.
  • Green Peas Au Gratin: Sprinkle a package of frozen peas between the potato layers before baking your gratin.
  • Spinach Au Gratin: Thaw a 10 oz. package of frozen spinach. Squeeze excess water from the spinach and layer it between the potato layers.

Get creative with any mixture of these ingredients added to your sliced potatoes.

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