Beer Cheese au Gratin Potatoes
Cheese is one of my guilty pleasures. When I was pregnant with little DeeDee, I got an intense craving for rich cheeses that hasn't gone away nearly a year later! So now every payday I go to the cheese counter and select a few gourmet options, and my kids, husband, and I have a cheese-tasting party. It's become a favorite new tradition!
Our local hot dog stand sells fries with hot cheese spread, and they are so delicious. They are so much better than fries with nacho cheese or even worse, melted cheese on top. There is just no comparison! I tried to capture that delicious cheese fries flavor with a dish that still looks elegant enough to put on any dinner table. And when I saw the beer cheese on display at the cheese counter I had to try it out—but any variety such as plain cheese or port wine flavor would be just fine. If you are planning to cook for a crowd, the recipe can easily be doubled... just use a bigger dish.
- 3 red potatoes, large
- 1/2 cup beer cheese spread
- 2 oz smoked white cheddar, crumbled
- 3 tbsp butter, salted
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp pink sea salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper, coarsely ground
- Slice potatoes into circles, leaving about 1/4 inch attached at the bottom. Place potatoes in ceramic dish greased with olive oil.
- Top potatoes with 3 tbsp melted butter, salt, and pepper, and bake at 400 degrees for about 1 hour, turning every 15 minutes while continuing to baste with melted butter from dish.
- When potatoes are crispy and soft, spread out into a single layer.
- Top with beer cheese spread and crumbled smoked cheddar.
- Bake about 8 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly on top.
1. Slice potatoes
2. Add melted butter, salt, and pepper
3. Spread potatoes out around the dish
4. Top with beer cheese and smoked cheddar
5. Bake until bubbly and browned
I think this dish could have used even more of the beer cheese. I ended up eating all the yummy bubbly cheese off the top and left a layer of the potatoes behind. I would have added a full cup of the beer cheese, but I was trying to be a good wife and save the rest of it for hubby to have with crackers tomorrow while he watches the big game! I'm sure this would be amazing with any combo of your favorite cheese... I would love to hear how you put your own twist on this dish, so please let me know! Happy cooking!