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Southwestern Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes

This Southwest Au Gratin Potatoes recipe is cheesy, hearty, and downright delicious! Tender potatoes are baked until golden brown and bubble in a delicious, cheesy and tangy sauce, packed with some of your favorite Southwestern flavors, perfect for weeknight dinners or Christmas and Thanksgiving, too!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 587kcal
Author: Sunena Anand

Equipment

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 Yukon gold potatoes peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoon Salted butter
  • 2 tablespoon All purpose flour
  • 2 cups Half and half cream
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
  • ½ cup Fire roasted green chillies
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked paprika
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Using a mandoline or a sharp knife, thinly slice the potatoes into rounds. Try to make the potatoes as thin as possible, so they cook quickly.
    4 Yukon gold potatoes
  • Arrange the potatoes into layers in a baking dish, or into individual ramekins if you are making individual sides. Do not pack the potatoes into the dish too tightly, as you want the sauce to seep into the layers.
  • Heat a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add the butter to the heated pan, and let it melt. Once the butter has melted, sprinkle in the flour, and combine with a whisk. The mixture should form a paste. Let the butter and flour mixture cook for 1-2 minutes to get rid of the raw flour taste.
    2 tablespoon Salted butter, 2 tablespoon All purpose flour
  • Slowly stream in the cream while whisking the mixture vigorously, to ensure there are no lumps of flour. Continue to whisk the mixture occasionally until it comes to a simmer, and the sauce has thickened.
    2 cups Half and half cream
  • Once the sauce has thickened to the point that you can coat the back of a spoon and you can draw a line through the back of the spoon, turn the heat to low. Add in the cheeses in batches. Whisk to combine the cheese, and then add another batch until all the cheese is combined into the sauce. Stir in the seasonings and fire roasted chillies, and remove from the heat.
    1 cup Cheddar cheese, 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, ½ cup Fire roasted green chillies, 1 teaspoon Garlic powder, 2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, 1 teaspoon Onion powder, 1 teaspoon Smoked paprika, Salt to taste
  • Pour the cheese sauce over the potatoes, or ladle into the individual ramekins if you are using them. Top with the reserved cheese. Cover the baking dish with foil.
  • Bake the potatoes for 25 minutes with the foil on, and for another 20 minutes with the foil off. If you are baking in smaller ramekins, bake for 15 minutes covered with foil, and another 15 minutes with the foil off.

Notes

  • Use freshly grated cheese! Pre-shredded cheese is covered in anti-caking agents, which will often make cheese sauces gritty and ruin that smooth texture you’re looking for. 
  • Use low heat! Adding the cheese to super high heat will also ruin the consistency of your cheese sauce. 
  • Taste the sauce before adding salt! Cheese is naturally salty, and so are some cajun seasoning blends. I recommend taste the sauce right at the end to see if you  want to add more salt. For reference, I did not add any salt to my sauce as I found it did not need it.

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 587kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 548mg | Potassium: 974mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1846IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 569mg | Iron: 2mg