Loaded Skillet Potato Au Gratin

Loaded Skillet Potato au Gratin via sewletscook.com

One of the greatest joys in life is potatoes. And cheese. Lots and lots and lots of cheese. Oh and bacon. Duh. How could I forget?

Loaded Skillet Potato au Gratin via sewletscook.com

Growing up, I don’t think I ever had homemade potato au gratin. My family always made the from-the-box super thinly sliced dehydrated “potatoes” with some powdered stuff. Such a shame. When I got older and started cooking for myself, I realized how much people miss out on flavor when they only cook from the box or from store mixes. And when I got my first cast iron skillet, I fell instantly in love. Now, I cook in cast iron about 80% of the time. My kids aren’t particularly picky eaters anymore (thank goodness for that!), but even when they were, they’d gobble up anything in a skillet. Can you blame them? Everything tastes better in a cast iron skillet. Potatoes are no exception.

 

Loaded Skillet Potato au Gratin via sewletscook.com

You could make this in a casserole dish too. But skillets feel so homey and rustic, don’t they? I think this meal, paired with a nutrient-dense salad is the perfect comfort food for a rainy spring dinner.

 

 Loaded Skillet Potato Au Gratin via sewletscook.com

What’s your favorite skillet meal?

Loaded Skillet Potato Au Gratin
 
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Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 3 large potatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 6 strips bacon
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (plus more, if desired)
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 small container sour cream
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel potatoes and slice in about ¼ inch slices.
  3. Dice onion.
  4. In skillet over medium heat, fry bacon until crisp.
  5. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels.
  6. Pour bacon grease into saucepan.
  7. In saucepan (over medium heat), add flour into bacon grease, stirring to combine (you want to cook for a couple of extra minutes, to brown the flour).
  8. Slowly add milk while whisking.
  9. Continue cooking sauce until thickened 5-10 minutes (keep stirring so it doesn't burn!).
  10. Add 1 cup cheese into sauce and stir until melted.
  11. In skillet, layer potato slices and onion.
  12. Sprinkle thyme and salt on top.
  13. Carefully pour sauce over potatoes.
  14. Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese on top.
  15. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until cheese is bubbling and potatoes are cooked.
  16. Top with more cheese (if desired), bacon, sour cream, and green onions.

 

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