This creamy cheesy Bacon Potatoes au Gratin recipe is a hearty side dish that is the perfect compliment to pork, beef or chicken
6 slices bacon
1/2 cup diced onion
3 garlic cloves, grated/minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon paprika, plus more for dusting
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups milk
4 ounces Harvarti cheese, shredded
4 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
2 pounds potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
Heat oven to 375-degrees F. Spray a 1 1/2-quart casserole with cooking spray.
Fry bacon in a large skillet or sauce pan. Transfer to paper towel lined plate. Leave bacon fat in skillet.
Over medium heat, cook diced onion in bacon fat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add grated garlic, salt, pepper, thyme and paprika, cook, stirring for 1 minute. Sprinkle in flour and cook stirring constantly for 1 minute.
Whisk in milk; while stirring constantly, bring to a steady simmer. Simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Crumble bacon. Mix shredded cheeses together. Stir in bacon and only 1 1/2 cups of cheese until melted.
Add potato slices to mixture and stir to coat. Pour potatoes with cheese sauce into prepared casserole dish.
Bake uncovered at 375-degrees F for 1 hour until potatoes are tender. Spread remaining shredded cheese over potatoes along with a dusting of paprika. Bake uncovered for an additional 15 or until top is browned.Source : allrecipes,com