I have never really thought about the difference between Potatoes Au Gratin and Scalloped Potatoes, but I’m told there is a difference. We were never really sure which name these potatoes fell under, we just knew they were very easy and so delicious.
If you are like us, you like easy one-pot meals or in this case a one-pot potato dish. This is not one of those recipes where one would cook the sauce in a pot and then pour it in another and bake. This is a pour everything into the pan and bake recipe and exactly what all of us busy people need.
This is the potato dish we have always made, we call it Scalloped potatoes but other people might be right to call it Potatoes Au Gratin because we have learned exactly what the difference is.
Butter a 7 X11 inch baking dish and layer 1/2 of the potato slices in the buttered dish, overlapping like fallen dominos.
Add extra flavor by dotting the potato slices with butter on each layer. New studies show real butter is not bad for you and it makes your soul happy or it does mine. Or as Pioneer woman says, “It makes my skirt fly up”, I just love it when she says that.
We have learned the real difference between Potatoes Au Gratin and Scalloped potatoes is that Potatoes Au Gratin has a topping of sometimes breadcrumbs or cheese and then it’s browned but Scalloped potatoes do not have a topping, even though the top is browned.
We do not top our potato dish with breadcrumbs but like most cheese lovers, we do add extra cheese on top and then place the dish back into the oven to brown. So the potatoes we once called Scalloped Potatoes are really Potatoes Au Gratin by definition.
But call them what you want, they are gooooood!
- 2-1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 large Potatoes Russet or Yukon Gold
- 4 tbsp Butter cut into 1/2 piece cubes + butter to grease the pan
- 1 1/4 cup Monterrey Jack Cheese or Cheddar grated
- Salt and Pepper
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Peel potatoes and slice into thin slices
Butter the sides and bottom of a 7 X 11 baking dish
In a medium mixing bowl whisk the cream, salt, and pepper until well blended
Arrange half of the potato slices, edges overlapping, in a single layer on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Salt, pepper, and dot with cut up butter
Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the cheese over the potatoes and pour 1/2 of the cream mixture over top.
Repeat with the remaining potatoes, butter, 1/2 cup of cheese, and cream
Cover with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes
Remove foil, bake for 15-25 minutes longer until potatoes are done and the top is beginning to brown.
10. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese and bake until cheese is just melted
10. Let cool for about 10 minutes, sprinkle with fresh chives prior to serving.