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We are thick deep into winters and it is only natural to crave hot and comforting food that will satiate our taste buds and provide us with warmth and comfort. With a variety of options at our disposal, we want to highlight a low-calorie alternative that will tick all the boxes for giving you the perfect healthy, tasty and warm dish this winter.
Au gratin can be prepared to give you a tasty meal that is low in calories, rich in fibre, calcium, vitamins and protein. Hence, we bring to you the classic potatoes au gratin recipe that uses cheese and breadcrumbs as toppings and is baked until golden brown and bubbling. This dish works brilliantly as a side dish with roasted chicken and vegetables or even as a standalone dish.
Au gratin is essentially any dish that is topped with cheese or breadcrumbs mixed with butter, prepared in the oven or until brown and crispy.
Therefore, without much ado, here is our healthy and easy to make recipe pick for au gratin potatoes for you to try and relish:
1 kg potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves minced
1 tbsp mustard sauce
3 tbsp flour
2 1/2 cups double-toned milk
¾ cup grated cheddar cheese
Fresh thyme to garnish (optional)
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400F and grease a baking dish with olive oil.
Step 2: Add sliced potatoes and season with salt and pepper, along with a drizzle of 2 tbsp olive oil and toss well to coat.
Step 3: Place the potatoes in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until potatoes begin to soften.
Step 4: While the potatoes are baking, heat a pan over medium heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil to sauté the onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes.
Step 5: Add mustard and flour to the onion and garlic sautéed mix, pour milk and whisk until sauce is thickened and smooth. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
Step 6: Then remove the potatoes from the oven. Pour the sauce on the potatoes to form a thick coating.
Step 7: Add cheddar cheese as a topping and let the dish cool down. Refrigerate for 15 minutes allowing it to set.
Step 8: Remove the au gratin from the dish and transfer it to the oven. Bake the dish for 60 minutes at 350F, or until potatoes are golden-brown on top and the cheese has melted.
Step 9: Garnish with fresh thyme and serve hot.
So, don’t abstain from this yummy dish and try out this low-calorie version!