Cooper Cheese Au Gratin Potatoes

Shred Shred SHRED 6-8 6-8 SERVES: 6-8

The term “au gratin,” like so many other food terms, comes from the French, meaning something like “the crust you scrape (gratter) off the dish.” Kind of (I mean, we’re not linguists here). It’s a technique where you top a food with a browned crust, often using bread crumbs or grated cheese. Incidentally, “le gratin” is a term used for the “upper crust” of Parisian society. Ergo, making yourself these Cooper Cheese Au Gratin Potatoes is kind of like being a hot shot in Paris. Not too shabby.

INGREDIENTS

6-8 small premium gold potatoes
1/2 small yellow onion, finely diced
1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt, plain
1/2 cup skim milk
10.5-ounce can reduced-fat cream of celery soup
1 1/2 cups Cooper Sharp White cheese, shredded and divided (or 10-12 slices torn into small pieces)
fresh chives, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
optional toppings: crispy French-fried onions, bacon crumbles or cooked ham pieces

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Spray a quarter-sized, or 9x13-inch, casserole dish (or a preheated cast iron skillet) with non-stick cooking spray.

Wash potatoes and cut off the ends. Using a mandolin slicer or food processor, thinly slice the potatoes and set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix soup, milk, onions and Greek yogurt. Stir frequently. Once bubbling, fold in 1 cup of the Cooper Cheese, reserving 1/2 cup for later. Stir until the mixture has melted into a nice cheese sauce.

Layer half of the potatoes in the baking dish or skillet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour half the cheese sauce over the potatoes. If you choose to add optional toppings, such as bacon or ham pieces, sprinkle in half of your prepared toppings. Layer the remaining potatoes into the dish or skillet. Salt and pepper again to taste. Pour remaining cheese sauce over the potatoes and sprinkle on any remaining optional toppings.

Place casserole in the oven and bake for 1 hour, or until the potatoes are cooked through.

Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup Cooper Cheese and fresh chives over the top of the casserole and bake another 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the top of the au gratin potatoes is lightly browned.