Au Gratin Potatoes Crock Pot is a creamy and cheesy side dish. The slow cooker does all of the work for this savory side dish recipe.

Au gratin potatoes crock pot being served with a spoon.

Au Gratin Potatoes Crock Pot

This Crock Pot Au Gratin Potatoes recipe taste absolutely amazing. Skip the box mixes and make this easy crock pot recipe.

The cheese sauce is rich and creamy. Everything combines with the thinly sliced potatoes for the best side. Not only is it incredibly effortless but it tastes wonderful.

Can you cook au gratin potatoes in a crock pot?

Yes, potatoes cook perfectly in the slow cooker. The potatoes are cooked to perfection and so tender.

The cheese sauce is smooth and creamy. This recipe is amazing cooked in the crock pot.

What is the difference between scalloped and au gratin potatoes?

Au Gratin potatoes include cheese in the recipe. They have a delicious cheesy sauce.

Scalloped potatoes do not have cheese but still have the same milk or heavy cream base.

Ingredients for Au gratin potatoes crock pot recipe.

Ingredients: 

  • Russet Potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/8” thick slices
  • Butter 
  • All Purpose Flour 
  • Garlic Powder 
  • Onion Powder 
  • Whole Milk 
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded 
  • Salt and Pepper 
  • Fresh Parsley, chopped 

How to make au gratin potatoes in the crock pot

  • Prepare the bottom of the slow cooker and the sides. Spray a 6 quart crock pot with non-stick cooking spray. 
  • Melt the butter. You can use a medium saucepan over medium high heat.  Add the flour and stir until combined.  Then whisk in the milk, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. 

    Cook for 2-3 minutes whisking continuously until the mixture thickens. 
  • Remove from heat. Then remove the saucepan from the heat and then immediately stir in the shredded cheddar cheese.  
Process photos of combining sauce.
  • Layer the potatoes. Then layer a ⅓ of the sliced potatoes in the bottom of the crock pot.  Pour approximately ⅓ of the sauce on top of the potatoes.  Continue with these layers 2 more times. 
  • Add paper towels on top. Place a few paper towels on top of the crock pot and then add the lid (this will soak up the extra moisture and make the top of the potatoes crispier). 
  • Cover and cook. Then cook on high for 3-5 hours until the potatoes are tender and cooked through.  Remove the lid for the last 30 minutes of the cook time to allow the sauce to thicken. 
Process photos of layering potatoes and cooking in crock pot.
  • Garnish and serve. Then top with the fresh chopped parsley and the potatoes are ready to serve and enjoy!

Crock pot au gratin potatoes tips:

  • Use freshly shredded cheddar cheese so that it melts smoothly and evenly in this recipe. The texture will be so much smoother and creamier. Pre-shredded bags of cheese have additives that do not melt well.
  • Slice the potatoes thinly and evenly. This will ensure they cook at the same speed.
  • Placing a layer of paper towels under the crock pot lid helps to make the top crispy like oven baked au gratin potatoes. This trick is super handy.
  • Generously spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. You can also use crock pot liners. Either option will greatly help with clean up.
  • Allow the potatoes to sit before serving. This will give the potatoes time to thicken.
  • Use real butter in this recipe Margarine contains oil and can make the dish greasy.
  • If you have a mandoline tool, this is the easiest way to slice the potatoes and ensure they are even. Each slice will be the exact same thickness.
  • Cook the flour with the butter for the required 2 to 3 minutes. This will help to remove the flour taste from the mixture. It also helps the flour to act as a thickening agent which results in a thick and creamy sauce.
  • Prevent the sauce from curdling by using medium high heat on the stove top.
Au gratin potatoes on plate.

Variations

  • Yukon Gold or Russet Potatoes make great options for this recipe.
  • You can peel the potatoes or leave the peeling on.
  • Sharp cheddar gives this amazing flavor but you can also combine various types. Monterrey Jack and Sharp Cheddar combine perfectly.
  • Try adding other seasonings such as paprika to the potatoes.
  • Heavy cream can be substituted for the milk in this recipe.
Au gratin potatoes crock pot ready to serve.

How to store:

Place the potatoes inside an airtight container. Refrigerate up to 4 to 5 days.

They are best served warm but can still be reheated. You can use the microwave until heated through.

If using the oven, cover the potatoes in foil. This will help to prevent them from drying out and getting too brown.

Au gratin potatoes crock pot recipe ready to serve.

Crock pot potatoes au gratin recipe is so easy.

This recipe is perfect to make for a potluck or holiday gathering. It is so easy and a great way to free up oven space.

The dish turns out so tender and the cheese sauce is the best. Each bite is tender and so tasty.

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Crock pot Au Gratin Potatoes

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Au Gratin Potatoes Crock Pot is a creamy and cheesy side dish. The slow cooker does all of the work for this savory side dish recipe.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 432
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Russet Potatoes peeled and sliced into 1/8” thick slices
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 1/2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Fresh Parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Spray a 6 quart crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium high heat.  Add the flour and stir until combined.  Then whisk in the milk, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.  Cook for 2-3 minutes whisking continuously until the mixture thickens.
  • Then remove the saucepan from the heat and then immediately stir in the shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Then layer a ⅓ of the sliced potatoes in the bottom of the crock pot.  Pour approximately ⅓ of the sauce on top of the potatoes.  Continue with these layers 2 more times.
  • Place a few paper towels on top of the crock pot and then add the lid (this will soak up the extra moisture and make the top of the potatoes crispier).
  • Then cook on high for 3-5 hours until the potatoes are tender and cooked through.  Remove the lid for the last 30 minutes of the cook time to allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Then top with the fresh chopped parsley and the potatoes are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Use freshly shredded cheddar cheese so that it melts smoothly and evenly in this recipe. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 432kcal, Carbohydrates 50g, Protein 15g, Fat 20g, Saturated Fat 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 58mg, Sodium 676mg, Potassium 1104mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 654IU, Vitamin C 13mg, Calcium 334mg, Iron 2mg

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