Monday, April 4, 2011
Au Gratin Potato Casserole
One of my favorite dinner recipes is Au Gratin Potato Casserole. This is a hearty dinner, that can be made in many variations, and is super easy to make. Here is my step by step recipe.
Preheat oven to 375 F.
10 Medium Red Potatoes (Russets will work also, but the reds are a little more tender)
1 can cream soup (mushroom, celery, or chicken)
1 soup can of milk
Any one of the following meats- 1 lbs cooked/browned hamburger or ground turkey, 2 cups diced ham or turkey ham, 2 cups cooked & diced chicken, or a 12.5 oz. can of chicken
2 cups Cheddar/Jack shredded cheese
Parmesan Cheese (basic dried grated type)
Parsley, Sea Salt, Pepper, Dehydrated Minced Onions
Drizzle Olive Oil on the bottom of a large roasting/baking pan, mix cream soup, milk, and cooked meat in a bowl, set aside, slice potatoes about 1/8 inch thin. Put a layer of Potatoes on the bottom of pan, pour half of the meat and soup mixture evenly over the layer of potatoes. Then sprinkle with parsley, a little Sea Salt, pepper, and dehydrated onions. Then sprinkle an even layer of half the cheese, and shake a thin layer of Parmesan cheese on top of the shredded cheese.
Then add another layer of potatoes, spread the other half of the soup & meat mixture over the potatoes, another sprinkle of parsley, sea salt, pepper, and dehydrated onions, then spread over the top the last cup of shredded cheese and a thin layer of Parmesan.
Cover with foil and bake for about an hour- I would check it at 45 minutes to see how it is doing.
I like to serve this with steamed broccoli. To save even more time, I have added broccoli to the layers as well, and cooked it right with the casserole. To make this as a side dish, you can leave out the meat, and you have an easy classic Au Gratin Potato side dish. No need for boxed dinner helpers with an easy and yummy recipe like this!