Au gratin potatoes are the best! While you may believe this dish is out of your league for preparing on your own, it actually can be easily made and the results will be restaurant quality.
A slow cooker makes this dish very easy to prepare, and creates a very delicious meal.
Here’s what you will need to get started:
5 medium-sized potatoes
3 tablespoons of butter
3 tablespoons white flour
1 clove of garlic (peeled and minced)
1 onion (peeled and sliced)
1 cup of milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Here’s how you prepare the dish:
1. Wash and peel your potatoes. Some people don’t like washing, since they are going to peel anyway. But always give them a decent wash since dirt can get on the potato when you peel.
2. Slice potatoes into discs, roughly half a centimeter thick. Another way to think of this is 2 or 3 silver dollar sized coins stacked together.
3. Line the bottom of your slow cooker pot with the first layer of potato slices. Add salt and pepper to your taste. Add the next layer of potato slices. Finally, add salt and pepper again. Now keep repeating this process, until you run out of your slices.
4. Melt the butter in a pot set on medium heat. Once melted, whisk in flour. The mix should be thick and doughy. Now add sliced onions, as well as the minced garlic. Continue whisking, then add the milk gradually.
5. Now add shredded cheese. Keep whisking until you have something thick, but make sure it’s still smooth
6. Now pour your cheese sauce into the slow cooker pot, on top of the layered potatoes. Try to get the sauce all over which may require tipping the pot back and forth.
7. Now cook it on the “high” setting in the slow cooker for around 3 hours. Check every 15-30 minutes until you can easily poke through the potatoes with a fork. Once you do it the first time, then you’ll know the perfect time. Now use your chives for garnish.
Now you may wonder if you can get that top layer crispiness when cooking this dish in a slow cooker. Usually oven baked au gratins will get you that crisp layer better than a slow cooker will. But the overall taste really makes up for not having that top crispy layer.
You also don’t want to overcook your potatoes underneath the top layer or else they will come out mushy. So it’s important to time them right the first time so you know the best overall cooking time in the future.
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