Easiest Au Gratin Potatoes

"This is the only way my family will eat au gratins. Very easy and quick, but with big flavor."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • Spray a large, deep loaf pan with non-stick oil spray.
  • Layer frozen potatoes and cheese, making three layers, and ending with cheese.
  • Pour cream or half& half evenly over all.
  • Cover pan with foil and seal well.
  • Bake at 375 for 1 hour, removing foil for last 15 minutes.
  • I don't usually add salt before baking as most cheddars are fairly salty.
  • This can be varied by using different cheeses such as swiss, blue, smoked gouda, etc.
  • You can also use plain hash browns if you don't like the onion/green pepper taste.
  • I've never made this using the low-fat/non-fat versions of cheese or cream, but I wouldn't recommend subbing them.
  • The glory of this recipe is its decadence.

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  1. These were very easy to make and we all enjoyed them. I followed the recipe as written, using 2 cups of cheddar. When pulling the cover off, I found that they needed a bit more half and half. I didn't measure, I just added it. I also added a good bit of salt and pepper at that time as I thought they tasted a bit bland. With the changes. we enjoyed this as a nice, easy side dish tonight. Hubby thought they would also be good for breakfast- just add some eggs.
  2. I used frozen grated hashbrowns as that's all I had on hand. I baked them as stated early in the day and refrigerated them. I took them out and poured a bit more 1/2 and 1/2 on top and reheated, uncovered for 20 or 30 minutes. If using the unseasoned hashbrowns I would recommend adding salt and pepper , or garlic or whatever seasonings you prefer. This was a very simple recipe to cook and had a nice flavor. Thank you for sharing your recipe Vina!


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