Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Skinny au' gratin potatoes

Phillip and I are really trying to do well for ourselves and loose some weight.  It's been very nice to have the shift in temperature and be able to walk outside at the end of the day.  I found this recipe on the Weight Watchers website and it actually turned out pretty well.  This recipe calls for Yukon Golds, but I really hate those, so I ended up using our regular baking potatoes and it still turned out pretty well.  I bought a 10 pound bag of potatoes trying to save a buck (what was I thinking!!!) and we've been eating off this bag for 3 weeks now!!  Wont do that again!  Anywhooo!  Next time I will peel the potatoes because it seems like it added a tang to it that wasn't right.  I definitely encourage this recipe though!  So yummy!

au gratin potatoes

POINTS® Value:    3
Servings:  8
Preparation Time:  20 min
Cooking Time:  90 min
Level of Difficulty:  Moderate
Our cheesy potato dish is the perfect crowd pleaser—rich enough for your spouse and kids, yet light enough to keep your waistline slim.

1 spray(s) cooking spray   
1 Tbsp butter   

1 medium onion(s), thinly sliced   
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour   

2 cup(s) fat-free skim milk   

2 pound(s) Yukon Gold potato(es), thinly sliced   
1 cup(s) low-fat shredded cheddar cheese   
1 tsp table salt   
1/4 tsp black pepper   


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 2-quart covered baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour; add milk slowly, stirring. Add potatoes and stir to mix. Bring to a boil. Stir in 3/4 cup of cheese, salt and pepper.
  • Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and level out surface. Bake for 1 hour, uncovered. Cover and bake until potatoes are fork-tender, about 20 minutes more.
  • Change oven temperature to broil. Sprinkle remaining cheese over potatoes. Broil 6 inches from the heating element until the cheese is golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing into 8 pieces.