Cheesy au Gratin Potatoes

I love that I can sneak a few potatoes out of the ground before the whole harvest is taken out later in the fall.  Here is a recipe that is super easy to make with those sneaked potatoes, especially if you have a food processor that slices for you!

Here is what you will need:
  • 6 medium potatoes, sliced and rinsed under cold water
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Sage leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (any kind that melts well is fine)

In a saucepan, melt the butter and then add the sage and continue heating the butter until it is browned.

Add in the flour, salt and pepper.  Mix to make a rue (basically a paste with the butter and flour).

Pour in the milk and then heat and stir until thickened.

Meanwhile, butter an 11 x 7 pan.

Then, layer 1/2 of the potatoes on the bottom.

Top the potatoes with 1/2 the sauce and then 1/2 the cheese.  Repeat.

Now cover (I just layered parchment with foil so the foil would not touch the food and wouldn't stick).

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes...

...and then turn the oven up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, uncover the dish and bake for another 20 to 30 minutes.


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