Potatoes Au Gratin–A Fabulous, Decadent Holiday Side Dish!
How are you all doing? Are you preparing to celebrate the upcoming holiday? Keeping stress levels down, I hope! There’s so much to do this season that sometimes just knowing you have one aspect completely covered will make it so much better. Right?
Whether you’re hosting, heading over to a dinner, or a holiday party–I have another side dish review for you that will help out during this season!
Today we’re checking out Creamy Potatoes Au Gratin!
This recipe is by Ahead of Thyme and you can find it right -> here!
Better As A Holiday Side Dish Or Weeknight Indulgence?
I think this goes without saying that this dish is heavy. It’s creamy, cheesy, and it’s…potatoes! I think that’s why this makes for a great holiday side dish. You normally wouldn’t be serving this during the week for a small group because it really is a decadent dish. So, if you’re serving this alongside many other side dishes, having a small taste of this will be perfect.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with serving this any other time. When I made this for the review, it definitely lasted more than one meal, since it’s just the two of us here. Would I normally make something like this? Not quite. It certainly doesn’t fall into my “quick meals” category, unfortunately.
Keeping It Gluten-Free
Lucky for us–making this gluten-free is really easy! Simply swap out all purpose flour with gluten-free all-purpose flour! I’d recommend the Bob’s Red Mill brand. The texture and consistency of the cheese sauce is fantastic. Seriously, anyone who isn’t gluten-free won’t be able to tell the difference. They will simply thank you for a delicious dish! And they will do so by going for seconds 😉
Baking Time Comments
In total the baking time for the potatoes au gratin is 90 minutes. That’s is absolutely an adequate amount of time to have all the layers of potatoes cook through, for the sauce to thicken up, and for the dish to caramelize.
Before putting the casserole dish into the oven, I admit that I was nervous about the time. Because the cheese sauce is more creamy in color, I was curious to see how it would end up. Also, I would recommend nudging the potatoes a bit after pouring the cheese sauce over it. It gave me peace of mind that the sauce cut through all the potato layers.
The end result clearly did not disappoint. The final 30 minutes or so of the bake are mainly for color. At this point your potatoes should be cooked through, the sauce thickened up, and the last part is the bring that lovely color to the top of the casserole dish.
So, if you’re making this and you’re nervous about it not browning nicely, then I do recommend putting your trust in the recipe. I followed this as closely as possible and it absolutely did not disappoint.
Grey’s Grade: 5/5
If you’re in a bind and looking for a side dish to quickly add to your upcoming holiday menu, then I highly recommend this recipe for Potatoes Au Gratin by Ahead of Thyme. While this dish does take a little bit of extra prep time (yes, slicing the potatoes takes a little bit of time, but it’s worth it), it’s great to have in the oven while you’re prepping everything else.
The ingredients, the instructions, and the end result of this recipe are fantastic. If you’re even remotely a fan of potatoes and cheese, then this dish will definitely be a winner for you.
What side dish do you like to bring to holiday dinners? Let me know in the comments below!
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