Herbed Au Gratin Potatoes is a dish you will dream about. Layers of thinly cut potatoes, Swiss cheese, shallots, herbs, and cream sauce make this spectacular and delicious every time you make it.
Herbed Au Gratin Potatoes is the perfect side dish made with layers of thinly cut potatoes, Swiss cheese, shallots, herbs, and cream sauce. A beautiful and delicious dish.
You’ve seen it on menus at restaurants, but maybe you are wondering, what exactly is au gratin? It is a French culinary technique of sorts to create a gorgeous, well-browned crust.
This can be done with breadcrumbs, cheese, eggs, and/or butter as toppings and it typically means popping it into the oven to get that signature look.
Most recipes will have you thinly cut the potatoes to make sure that they are cooking evenly and to give you stunning layers when it comes time to serve.
My recipe is making use of potatoes and cheese. What can be better?
There are specific gratin dishes that you can purchase online or in your local kitchen store. These are typically made from a heavier material to ensure evening cooking and some come in individual sizes so each guest can have their own gratin.
Rest assured, these are by no means a requirement to make this recipe. I have used everything from round glass and metal pie plates to rectangular 9x13s. Whatever you have floating around in your kitchen will work just fine.
Everyone knows that I love potatoes, I could eat them day in and day out and never get tired of them. Ever. They are a blank canvas waiting to be painted and absorb all of the delicious flavors you pair them with. I think potatoes make the best side dishes!
This au gratin potatoes recipe uses delicious Swiss cheese and is flavored with garlic cloves, rosemary, parsley, and thyme. By adding all these aromatics you are giving your potato au gratin a truly wonderful and herbaceous flavor.
You can easily use the dried variety of herbs as the recipe calls for, but if you have the fresh ones in your fridge, have at it! Both versions are incredibly flavorful.
So while I was making Herbed Potato Pie, I accidentally forgot to include the shallots until after I had assembled the potatoes in the dish.
Instead of removing it all, I just layered it on top of the potatoes and then covered it with cheese. It worked just as well and gave it a pretty purple hue floating under the cheese.
This dish can be served to guests in wedges much like a pie or if you are using a rectangular dish can be cut into squares. It makes a great side dish for any protein you are making whether it be beef, chicken, or seafood.
Check out these other easy potato side dish recipes:
- Sweet Potato Cornbread
- Cast Iron Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon
- Rosemary Parmesan Sweet Potato Stacks
- Potato and Onion Bake
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Herbed Au Gratin Potatoes
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 1/2 cups half & half
- 1/3 cup shallots , finely minced
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1/ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 cup Swiss cheese , divided and shredded
- 2-3 large Russet potatoes , peeled and cut into 1/8 inch slices
- Cooking Spray
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Heat butter in a medium sauce pan. When butter has melted, whisk in flour to create a roux. Continue to whisk until mixture turns a very light brown and has a nutty smell, approximately 4-5 minutes.
- Whisk in half & half, then add shallots, garlic, rosemary, parsley, thyme, fine sea salt, white pepper and 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray. Layer potatoes in a circular fashion. After you complete one layer, cover with just enough half & half mixture to cover it. Repeat layers until potatoes reach the lip of your pie plate. Pour remaining half & half mixture over potato slices.
- Bake, uncovered, for 50-60 minutes or until potatoes are tender and mixture is bubbly. Remove and cover with remaining 1/2 cup Swiss cheese. Return to the oven until cheese has melted, approximately 5-10 minutes.
- Remove and allow to set for 5 minutes. Slice and serve.
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!