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Perfect Au Gratin Potatoes

A Bountiful Kitchen


  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes
  • salt
  • 1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup melted butter unsalted
  • 1 cup cream I prefer heavy cream


  1. Grease a 9 inch pie plate or other baking dish of similar size. Set aside.
  2. Wash the potatoes, and place in a large pot. Fill with water until just barely covering potatoes.
  3. Place pan on stove and cook over high heat until boiling, then reduce heat to medium heat for about 30 minutes, or until a fork inserted easily goes through to the middle of the potato.
  4. Drain the water and place the potatoes on a cutting board.
  5. Using a paring knife and a dishcloth, peel the potatoes, and slice thin. Place about half of the potatoes in the prepared dish for baking. Generously salt the potatoes. Sprinkle about 1/2 of the cheese on the potatoes, and drizzle about half of the butter on as well.
  6. Continue to slice the potatoes and place on top of the potatoes in the pan. Sprinkle with additional salt, cheese and drizzle with remaining butter.
  7. Finally, drizzle the cream on top and around the edges of the potatoes in the dish.
  8. Bake in a 375 degree oven on top third of oven for about 20 minutes or until bubbly and golden.

Recipe Notes

-You may use about 3 1/2 lb potatoes to increase the size of the recipe. Bake in a 9x13 pan or a casserole dish. Double the rest of the ingredients. -I try to mound the potatoes up a bit in the middle. While baking some settling occurs, and mounding the potatoes up will take care of sinking potatoes and overall appearance of the dish.

-I use the Shaved Parmesan from Harmons Grocery, found in the prepared foods section. If you don't live near Harmons, buy a block of Parmesan, and use a knife to shave off large bits of cheese. Place the cheese on a cutting board that is stable and shave the cheese onto the cutting board.