With Valentine’s Day coming up, I have been thinking of romantic homemade meals for two. I know a lot of men think the best meals consists of meat and potatoes, so I tend to use this combination when I am cooking for them! Whether it be steak and baked potatoes or meatloaf and potatoes au gratin for two, a homemade meal can really win over the heart of the significant other in your life.
Today, I am sharing a new recipe for potatoes au gratin for two. This is two healthy servings of thinly sliced potatoes, layered with shredded Parmesan cheese, and smothered in a homemade garlic monterey jack cheese sauce.
Let’s talk about the ingredients for a minute.
I used two medium russet potatoes, peeled them, and sliced them thinly for this recipe. I imagine you could use almost any potato you like, including sweet potatoes, although the cooking time may vary.
Cheese is everything in this recipe. I chose a Swiss Villa raw milk montery jack cheese, made from cows that are organically farmed and 100% grass fed. This 60 day-aged cheese packs enormous flavor that is perfect for potatoes au gratin.
I also feel great supporting Swiss Villa, because they are a small family business that works with small farmers around Pennsylvania. They produce high quality, organic butter, cheese, eggs, and meat. They have a passion for working with farms that practice sustainable farming. Visit their website to learn more.
Potatoes Au Gratin for Two
Back to the dish… it is a harmony of tender potatoes and delicious, melted cheese. This is my new favorite side dish, and… if I’m perfectly honest, it makes a great snack at work, if you happen to make it for just one, and have leftovers.
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 russet potatoes
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup shredded montery jack cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place 1 tbsp butter in a .5 quart oven-safe dish. Place in oven while it's preheating, and allow butter to melt. Meanwhile, peel and slice potatoes into thin circles.
- Once butter is melted, coat the dish in butter, and place a layer of thinly-sliced potatoes on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle on 1/3 of the Parmesan cheese, and repeat three layers.
- In a small saucepan, melt 2 tbsp butter over medium-heat. Sprinkle in flour, and whisk quickly to avoid any lumps. Add in milk, whisking vigorously, until it starts to thicken. Stir in cheese and remove from heat.
- Pour cheese sauce over potato dish. Bake on the bottom rack in preheated oven for 60 - 80 minutes, until potatoes are tender and cheese is golden brown.