In my new quest to try to be more resourceful and stop wasting food I have this new found creativity!
It is kind of like a puzzle. I pull out the ingredients I have on hand and figure out what the heck I can make using only those things. I am such a nerd that I am actually loving it.
The other night I pulled out crab, penne, and cream cheese. Mr. Maebell told me I was going to have to break down and go to the market because he didn’t think I could make anything with those three ingredients. Because I am stubborn and have to prove him wrong I made Crab Alfredo! Which is something I totally would have never tried otherwise, so at least good things are coming from this!
These Cheddar Ranch Au Gratin Potatoes are a product of that same thinking. I had potatoes, onions, a bit of cheese and some ranch seasoning in the cabinet. I threw it all together and made a fun more flavorful version for Au Gratin Potatoes. I served them with Pecan Crusted Pork Chops and they were a hit!
20 minPrep Time
1 hrCook Time
1 hr, 20 Total Time
- 4 russet potatoes, thinly sliced
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour (I used gluten free Bisquick)
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 packet ranch seasoning
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- In a medium size sauce pan heat the two tablespoons of butter over medium heat.
- Melt butter and add flour, stir lightly.
- Slowly pour in the chicken broth while stirring. The mixture will thicken as it cooks. Be sure you continue to stir so it does not have clumps.
- Add in the sour cream, cheese, and ranch. Stir well and set aside.
- Spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray and layer potatoes and onions on top of each other until you run out of ingredients. (I had 4 layers)
- Pour the Cheddar Ranch Sauce over the potatoes slowly. The sauce will work its way to the bottom layer as it cooks.
- Cover dish and let it bake 50 minutes. Remove the cover the last 10 minutes.
- Top with green onions, salt and pepper.
- *Cooking time may vary slightly based on the thickness of your potatoes. To check potatoes, stick a fork or knife for tenderness.