Slow Cooked Au Gratin Potatoes

Slow Cooked Au Gratin Potatoes

This recipe was featured in on the Today Show website: Free up your oven with slow-cooker Easter dishes (even dessert!)

For holiday gatherings, one of my favorite tools to use is a slow cooker. It’s the best way to free up the oven for other items on your menu. Plus, I love being able to “set it and forget it.”

The secret to this recipe is the smoked gouda. It not only adds a smokiness to the dish, but richness as well. Make sure to coat the inside the crock to prevent the potatoes from sticking.

Slow Cooked Au Gratin Potatoes
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Recipe Type: Side
Serves: 4-6 hours
  • 5 – 6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced ¼ “ thick
  • ½ cup onion, minced
  • 3 Tbl. butter
  • 3 Tbl. flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 oz. smoked gouda, shredded
  • 4 oz. sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 3 Tbl. parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking spray
  1. Coat the interior of the slow cooker crock with cooking spray. Evenly layer the potatoes with the onions. Sprinkle each layer with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute, until the butter is completely absorbed. Slowly add the milk and heat for 3 – 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Do not allow the sauce to boil. Remove from heat and add all three cheeses at once. Stir until the cheeses have melted.
  3. Pour the cheese sauce over the potatoes. Cook the mixture on high for 2 - 3 hours and then reduce the temperature to low. Cook for an additional hour, or until the potatoes have completely softened. Total cook time in the slow cooker will roughly be 4 - 4 1/2 hours. There should be no need to stir during cooking. Serves about 4 – 6 people as a side. The recipe can be easily doubled.
Author's Note
It is very important to coat the slow cooker crock with cooking spray to prevent the cheese from sticking. This will totally save on clean-up time.


  1. says

    Au gratin potatoes are my nemisis – never tried them in the slow cooker though!

    Will definitely give these a try – thanks Cory and Merry Belated Christmas!

    Love the snowman header :D

  2. Brent says

    I had no idea my witty retort would actually be taken so seriously. Normally they are ignored. LoL In all honesty, these potatoes came out amazingly. Some of the best I can remember in a long time. TRY THEM!

  3. says

    I am making steakhouse style potatoes for New Years eve, similar to this recipe, but w/ cheddar and bread crumbs. Fattening and delicious!
    Happy New Year and to Brent too!
    Stacey Snacks


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