The One And Only Cheesy Potato Bake

Potatoes are such a versatile vegetable, delicious no matter which way they're cooked. From baked - for a quick, satisfying meal when you don't have much time - to mashed potato, that tummy-hugging side dish, to rosti or gnocchi, to duchess potatoes and still many more ways to explore.

Potatoes are such a versatile vegetable, delicious no matter which way they’re cooked. From baked – for a quick, satisfying meal when you don’t have much time – to mashed potato, that tummy-hugging side dish, to rosti or gnocchi, to duchess potatoes and still many more ways to explore.

Did you know that a human can survive on a diet that consists only of potatoes and milk? Potato has more Vitamin C than an orange, more potassium than a banana and more fibre than an apple.

So it’s no surprise that someone once said that a meal is not a meal without potatoes. They must’ve been thinking about this potato bake, also known as potato au grautin and gratin dauphinois.

It’s so good that you may as well make a second one while you’re at it. No matter what meal you pair it with, this is a favourite that everyone will be going back to for more, including you.

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Cheesy Potato Bake

So it’s no surprise that someone once said that a meal is not a meal without potatoes. They must’ve been thinking about this potato bake, also known as potato au grautin and gratin dauphinois.
Servings 4
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients
 
 

  • 4 large potatoes thinly sliced
  • 300 g diced bacon
  • 300 g grated sharp or mature cheddar cheese
  • 300 g thickened cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 180 °C
  • Layer the potato, then bacon, then the cream, then the grated cheese
  • Continue alternating layers, finishing with a layer of cream and cheese
  • If you like it spicy, you could sprinkle with a light dusting of cayenne pepper between the layers
  • Cover in foil and bake for 20 minutes
  • Remove foil and bake for a further 25-30 minutes, until golden brown on top and the potato is soft

Notes

For a shortcut boil the potatoes for 10-12 minutes, or until soft (do not overcook). Then slice and follow the recipe and  bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
Course: Sides
Keyword: potato, potato bake, sides
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