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Country Potatoes au Gratin

Randy Mayor
Yield 8 servings
Have you ever tried to stuff onion or potato slices into a measuring cup? Ingredients like these are best measured by weight. Country Potatoes au Gratin works well as an entrée with a side salad completing the meal. If you prefer to have it as a side dish, it will make 12 servings.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 medium onion (about 5 1/2 ounces), thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2/3 cup)
  • 6 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese (1 1/2 cups), divided
  • 6 ounces diced ham (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 3 pounds peeled baking potatoes, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 376
  • caloriesfromfat 22 %
  • fat 12 g
  • satfat 7.6 g
  • monofat 2.8 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 16.7 g
  • carbohydrate 50.3 g
  • fiber 3.8 g
  • cholesterol 46 mg
  • iron 1.3 mg
  • sodium 727 mg
  • calcium 321 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

    Chopping Onion
  2. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Combine milk, salt, pepper, and flour, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to pan. Bring to a simmer; cook until slightly thick (about 2 minutes), stirring frequently. Add 4 ounces cheese and ham, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in potatoes.

  3. Place the potato mixture in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle potato mixture with remaining 2 ounces of cheese. Cover with foil coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes or until lightly browned and potatoes are tender. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.