Quick and Easy Old Fashioned Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes

Quick and Easy Old Fashioned Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes


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This is a creamy and cheesy side dish that's so quick and easy to prepare. These potatoes go great with chicken, pork, ham or beef.

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Time needed

10 min preparation + 40 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

6 servings


  • 4 C. yukon gold potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 C. Velveeta, cubed
  • 1 stick butter, cubed
  • 4 Tbs. flour
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 C. Half & Half
  • 4 C. cheddar cheese

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a greased baking dish, layer bottom with potatoes. Equally layer all the remaining ingredients. Pour half and half over the layers. Cover. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender and sauce is thickened. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees. Remove cover and sprinkle top of potatoes with grated cheddar. Return to oven and bake until cheese is golden brown.

Hint: Sprinkle flour, salt and pepper between layers.

Reviews (16)

  • I prefer this recipe than the boxed versions as there are plenty of ways to alter to suit my tastes. I use non-fat cream instead of half & half and Smart Balance buttery spread instead of the butter. I also would recommend using Wondra to thicken up this recipe. This is a great make ahead dish for weeknight suppers.

    Flag as inappropriate Sydney1124  |  September 9, 2011

  • Okay, I have not made this recipe, but I bet it is just wonderful. I did not have the ingredients, but this recipe made me want some scalloped au gratin potatoes, so I used potatoes (enough for me to fill a shallow Anchor Hocking pie plate .75L) and believe it or not, NO milk or cream, but a couple of beef bouillon cubes to taste salty and enough water to cover the potatoes and then added some ground pepper and when potatoes were cooked, just topped with an Italian blend grated cheese and returned long enough to melt the cheese. IT was a great dish and a great inspiration! Thank you and when I have all the ingredients, I will follow this cheesy recipe.

    Flag as inappropriate Sheryll_Rufus  |  December 31, 2009

  • I tried this recipe using some variation because I am a diabetic. I'm always looking for recipes that I can adapt to my way of eating. This is what I did with it & my family loved it! I used Red Potatoes, 2% Milk, 1/2 stick butter, & just enough grated cheese to cover the top. Everything else was the same. Turned out awesome. I will definitely cook this again!

    Flag as inappropriate dmdspecial  |  August 24, 2008

  • I'll try this when I get a crowd over, way too much for 2 people! Yes, it's a bit over the top, and I'm not a huge fan of velveta, but what the heck, I can at least try it en route to finding an au gratin dish I love, NO?

    Flag as inappropriate Rebecca007  |  July 26, 2008

  • Ialways read reviews before trying recipe... this sounds like way too much cheese...

    Flag as inappropriate isidore2  |  May 7, 2008

  • Ialways read reviews before trying recipe... this sounds like way too much cheese...

    Flag as inappropriate isidore2  |  May 7, 2008

  • I did not mean to sound harsh but we did not enjoy this dish & yes, I followed it to a T... All the ingredients right from the printed grocery list, no substitutions. I always follow the recipe the first time I make it as I want to get the full flavor the creator of the recipe intended. I used cheddar and yes, I understand that it was called CHEESY which was one of the reasons I tried it... I love cheese and I have the cholesterol levels to prove it! I apologize if I hurt anyone's feelin

    Flag as inappropriate stitchhappy56  |  May 4, 2008

  • My family loved this and will make again. We did not find it greasy. Butter and cheese can be oily not greasy. Used a dry quality cheese.I find different brands have different degrees of oilyness.

    Flag as inappropriate Jelly  |  May 3, 2008

  • Hum, did you read the name of this recipe? Cheesy!!! It is suppose to be rich and cheesey. Are you sure you really made this recipe stich? And yes you can change the whole recipe but then you don't have this recipe. This isn't a diet dish. It absolutly will not taste the same by making the suggested changes. Now that would be a waste. You can't compare skim milk to cream. Maybe you would be better off with a box of Au Gratin potatoes made with water.

    Flag as inappropriate Jamey  |  May 2, 2008

  • I so disagree with you. If it was greasy, you must have used the wrong kind of cheese. This is not a dish you make and eat the whole thing yourself. I served this with baked ham for 6 people and my guest raved about it. I will definately make it again. Thanks for a tasty recipe.

    Flag as inappropriate alah  |  May 2, 2008

  • I tried this recipe and it's way too rich... 6 cups of cheese to 4 cups of potatoes... puleeze.....It was greasy and not very pleasant tasting ... I would not recommend this recipe on many levels.

    Flag as inappropriate stitchhappy56  |  May 1, 2008

  • This recipe sounds excessive and wasteful. You can cut the cream and halve the cheese and butter. Use skim milk--it comes out the same.

    Flag as inappropriate mamacloud  |  May 1, 2008

  • On occasion, alittle too much fat is good for the soul. I will make this for a special occasion and try to control myself. Thanks for the recipe.

    Flag as inappropriate Alex  |  April 28, 2008

  • It sounds wonderful. Anything with this much fat in it usually is, but it's way too much for me.

    Flag as inappropriate patacake  |  April 28, 2008

  • Sounds great!!!! Can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you.

    Flag as inappropriate albinochef  |  April 28, 2008

  • Reminded me of my Mom's au gratin potatoes. Absolutely wonderful and a dish I'll make several times a year.

    Flag as inappropriate pattgraeser  |  April 8, 2008

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