AU GRATIN POTATOES
*5 large russet potatoes, peeled, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
*1 yellow onion, sliced
*1 1/2 teaspoons salt
*1 teaspoon pepper
*4 tablespoons butter
*4 tablespoons all-purpose flour (use rice flour for gluten free)
*2 cups whole milk
*2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
~Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
~Spray a casserole dish and lid with cooking spray.
~Layer 1/2 of the potatoes into the bottom of the casserole dish.
~Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper on potatoes.
~Layer the onions evenly over potatoes.
~Layer remaining potatoes over onions.
~Sprinkle remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt & pepper over potatoes.
~Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
~Mix in flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
~Cook, constantly stirring with a whisk for one minute.
~Slowly stir in milk.
~Cook until mixture has thickened. Stirring constantly.
~Stir in cheese all at once, and continue stirring for about 45 seconds.
~Pour the cheese mixture over the potatoes.
~Cover with lid or aluminum foil.
~Bake 1 1/2 hours.
-Add chopped ham.
-Add 1 teaspoon hot sauce to milk mixture for spice.