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Yesterday we did salad. Today we do CARBS + CHEESE.
I mean, of course.
Totally logical, right?! Yes, totally.
Like I said yesterday this week seems to unintentionally be shaping up as a Christmas Eve Dinner menu. So far we’ve had a standing rib roast, winter salad…and cookies for dessert…today we have the hearty and tomorrow…
Hmm, I wonder what tomorrow will bring. Okay, well I obviously know what tomorrow will bring, but all I’m going to say is that it’s going to be soooo GOOD. And super fun, cause ummm, there’s another new video with Asher reviving her role as a mini Mr. Clause (she played Mrs. Claus for the Crate and Barrel shoot too). Cutest thing ever!
When it comes to the food I make when there are tons of people to feed, the flavors typically need to be pretty basic. A lot of people generally means some super picky people (cough, cough, my brothers – cough, cough, mom) and while I want to please everyone, the issue I have of feeling the need to please everyone… and all at once, can interfere with my creativity.
SIDE NOTE: It kills me when I get comments on a recipe that someone just did not like a recipe. Or that they don’t eat say, blue cheese. I mean, in my head I know it is IMPOSSIBLE to please all the people and all the time – and with one recipe, but it still kills me inside knowing some of you are not into it.
These potatoes? I swear, they please all the people without being boring. Well almost all the people, not vegans because of the cheese, but I don’t personally know any vegans. Not that I am opposed or anything, but you guys know I like to cook with a lot of cheese. Potatoes + cheese = the family’s favorite combo. Clearly these need to be on our Christmas Eve Dinner menu.
OH and does anyone else like Christmas Eve just a little more than Christmas Day? Christmas Eve is my favorite. So much anticipation and excitement for what’s to come. I always try to make our Christmas Eve extra special. Although, I think I pretty much end up cooking the entire day, but it’s still the best, and EVERYONE loves sitting down to a delicious meal.
But ahh, mom’s Death by Chocolate is the highlight without a doubt. That is HER thing, she kills it.
Anyway, back to these cheesy potato au gratins, these were my first attempt at a potato au gratin…I made the recipe FOUR flippin times… and in four days. We ate A LOT of potatoes last week. Like a lot. In fact, we are still eating them. Potatoes for weeks.
Good news is that we really like potatoes and cheese over here, so none of the trays went to waste. Cool!!
Why did I make the recipe four times you ask? Photos. Photos. Photos. Every time. It’s always the photos.
The recipe turned out delicious the first time, but oh man the photos were just plain ugly and I knew I’d never post them. So I tried again… and again and again. It took awhile but I am finally, semi-OK with the photos and honestly, SO very glad to be done with the recipe. The photo portion of it at least.
The only reason I did not just scrap the recipe entirely is because these potatoes are DELICIOUS. Like so good and I really wanted to tell you guys all about them. So I stuck it out, but man, be warned, this is really not a very photogenic food. Just sayin.
OKAY while the photos where hard for me, the recipe was not. These are EASY. You’re literally just tossing thinly sliced potatoes with cheesy cream sauce, adding a buttery Ritz cracker crumb topping and baking until the potatoes reach a tender and golden perfection. You can even prepare everything in advance, making them the perfect holiday dish – yes!
OH and can we talk about the cheeses in these potatoes for a second?!? Gruyère and buttery BRIE… serious delish here! I know they are a bit decadent, but hey, it’s the holidays, everything should be just a little decadent, you know? You do, you do.
Favorite part??? These potatoes have a buttery Ritz cracker topping. I will never show it in person, cause in person I am WAY too serious, but secretly inside I am ten years old and still love Ritz crackers (especially snowflake Ritz crackers). And salty buttery Ritz and on my potatoes? WOW is really all I can come up with!
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Rambling over. Now we eat all these cheesy potatoes with buttery, golden Ritz. YUMMERS.
Crazy question… did you peel the potatoes? From the pictures wasn’t sure if the edges browned or if you left the peel on.
I did not peel the potatoes but you totally can:) Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx
Can I use a mix of sweet potatoes & russets?
Sure, that would work well for you! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
This is my new go-to recipe for gratin. What a dish!!! I could eat this every week. We skipped the crackers because honestly I was lazy lol, and it was still phenomenal. But next time I’ll throw them in for that crunchy goodness. Note: I did add a bit more cream to make sure it was saucy enough (vs. too dry and thus not easy to coat the potatoes etc.) So make sure you gauge for yourself whether the sauce is “saucy” enough.
Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am glad you enjoyed! Happy New Year! xTieghan
Can I replace the Brie with cheddar?
Yes, that would be great! Happy New Year! xTieghan
Hi Tieghan! Can you use Yukon gold potatoes for this??
Yes, Yukon gold potatoes would work well here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan
Could this be made ahead of time and baked the best day? If so, would you recommend all the steps up until baking?
You can follow this recipe up until baking, cover and keep in the fridge, and then pop in the oven when you are ready to bake. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan
Tieghan, first, let me say I made these a few weeks ago and they were so AMAZING that they will be a staple on our holiday tables. Making them again now for Thanksgiving. Your ears should burn nearly every few days as we make so many of your recipes, which are all delicious. So, “it’s a Tieghan” is a common phrase in our house with our 5 kids, to explain why, yeah, of course it is Delish! We adore you and feel like we know you. Have a blessed holiday season. Also, if you make this ahead, do you stop after assembly? Or cook to end (minus topping) and just reheat (if the latter, what temp and how long)?
Thank you so much for your kind message and trying so many recipes! I would make this up until baking and then place in the fridge covered. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan
Can you make this in the crockpot? I am out of thanksgiving oven space!
I haven’t tested this recipe in the crockpot! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan