Easy Potatoes au Gratin

Scalloped potatoes or potatoes dauphinoise: This is a simply elegant dish. We had these potatoes recently when family visited, and I realized that I’d never written down the recipe.  So, here it is for posterity.
Rich, decadent, simple:  a great dish to master for college students. Bonus is that if you have leftovers, you can add them to a frittata  or just gnosh on them the next day–if you end up with leftovers, that is.  🙂  BTW, I prefer an equal mixture of half and half and cream for mine.  


  • 3 lbs Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes, scrubbed and sliced to ¼ inch.  (Peel if unappealing. . . pun intended).  Do NOT rinse the sliced potatoes.  (Depending on the size of the potatoes, this could be about 3-4  medium sized potatoes or 2 gigantics.)
  • 4 T butter
  • 2-3 C milk or cream or half and half.  Do NOT use 2% or low fat.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated nutmeg (a sprinkling)
  • Crushed fresh or dried thyme (a sprinkling)
  • ½ to ¾ C cheese of your choice (suggestions: gruyere, Romano, parmesan, gouda, white cheddar)
Potatoes in cream with nutmeg and salt.  Ready to pop into the oven.
  •  Preheat oven to 350
  • Butter a 1 quart dish with 2 T of the butter (reserve rest)
  • Layer sliced potatoes into the dish in an artistic manner of your choosing.  You can do 2 layers if you want, but feel free to toss extras if you end up with your masterpiece.
  • Pour milk/cream over mixture to come just to the top, but not to cover the potatoes.
  • Dot with remaining butter
  • Salt and pepper lightly
  • Grate nutmeg and sprinkle with thyme
  • Put into oven for 30 minutes, checking to see how the browning is going
  • When it is just starting to color (30-40 minutes into the cooking), sprinkle with the cheese
  • Continue to cook until it looks tasty. Maybe 10 more minutes. Poke with fork to ensure it is cooked through.  If you have to cook longer, that is just fine.
  • Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before serving
The finished dish.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Carole Morgan says:

    This was delicious

    Liked by 1 person

    1. smf says:

      Glad you liked it. I put up some better pictures.


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