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Loaded Au Gratin Potatoes

By Courtneysims @courtneynora

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I received a mandoline slicer for my birthday this year which is something I’ve been wanting for a while now. I had planned on making au gratin potatoes for our Christmas feast here and figured I’d be slicing potatoes for an entire day. My birthday is just before Christmas so I was so happy to open the gift and know that my Christmas day prep would be that much easier! The classic, cheesy recipe turned out great on Christmas day but I was itching to slice some more, so I made these loaded au gratin potatoes for dinner this week.

Loaded Au Gratin Potatoes Recipe

8 slices bacon – cooked and chopped fine (6 for the potatoes, 2 for topping)
5 russet potatoes – peeled and sliced thin
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
4 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
6 oz. shredded mild cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt
Black pepper
Green onions for garnish

Get your bacon cooked and cooled. I bake mine at 400-degrees for 15-20 minutes until it’s crispy. Chop into little pieces and set aside. Bake it on a wire rack to keep cleanup super easy!

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Pre-heat your oven to 350-degrees for the potatoes.

To start, you’ll get your potatoes peeled and sliced. You can use a knife to slice them pretty thin, but you may need to cook some additional time as they’ll likely be thicker than mandoline sliced potatoes.

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In a medium sauce pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter on medium heat until it starts to bubble. Add your flour and garlic.

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Cook until the entire mixture is bubbly and just starts to turn a pale brown.

Pour in your milk while whisking and then stir pretty frequently for about 10 minutes until you have a thick sauce.

Add your cheeses, sour cream, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, onion powder and stir until the cheese melts and you have a creamy sauce.

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Take half of your sliced potatoes and create a layer on the bottom of your pan. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper, 3 slices of chopped bacon, and then drizzle half of your cheese sauce on top.

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Layer the rest of the potatoes on and then cover with 3 more slices of chopped bacon (reserving 2 slices to chop for the top) and cheese sauce. I set aside a little additional bacon for garnish at the end, but that’s optional.

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Bake for 45 minutes at 400-degrees covered with foil. After 45 minutes, remove the foil and bake another 10-15 minutes until the top is golden brown and bubbly and you can slide a knife or fork through the potatoes easily.

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Finish with some thinly sliced green onions and enjoy!

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I’m probably going to be snowed in for the rest of the weekend, but I’m stocked up on ingredients to cook so I’m set ;) Everyone expecting to get hit with this storm, I hope you stay safe and warm!


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