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Easy Potatoes Au Gratin without Cream

This is an easy potatoes au gratin recipe you can make as a side dish for the holidays!! Serve for Easter or Thanksgiving and it’s also perfect to put your leftover ham inside and make as a meal. If you’ve never made homemade au gratin potatoes this is a simple way to do it with just a few ingredients.

easy potatoes au gratin

I’m all about easy when it comes to recipes, but that doesn’t mean everything has to come out of a box. When holidays hit you want homemade, but I don’t want to be slaving over a stove all day….I still want to enjoy myself. Here is an easy potatoes au gratin recipe you can throw together but is still homemade! (affiliate links present)

Potatoes Gratin Recipe without Cream

Au Gratin potatoes are a great side dish to ham or even turkey at Easter or Christmas time. Everyone loves cheese and potatoes! I have made the boxed version before and they are ok, but quite frankly these are almost as easy to throw together and you only need a few ingredients to make this easy potato recipe.

You don’t have to use heavy cream to make this either. Instead you can choose milk with a bit of flour to thicken the sauce. This way you can make it dairy free with a lactose variety and whatever shredded cheeses you love.

Easy au gratin potato recipe

Dairy Free Potatoes Au Gratin

That is right, I have made this for my husband who cannot handle dairy anymore. It is easier to do than before since it is more popular so the stores carry all different products that work. Not only that, they are really quite good too. Daiya has a bunch of different cheeses that are already shredded for you to choose from to make Dairy Free Scalloped Potatoes.

You can find a vegan plant based butter product in sticks or tubs from Country Crock we use a lot. Plain almond, cashew or coconut milk can be a substitute too. If you wanted to make it thicker without the flour you could incorporate some cottage cheese too.


  1. Potatoes – sliced russet or red
  2. Milk – whole is best
  3. Cheese – cheddar or a mixture
  4. Flour is used as a thickener
  5. Butter or dairy based alternative

It’s kinda’ like lasagna with the layering. I like to use both mozzarella and sharp cheddar but use whichever you’d prefer or both. Serve on the side of chicken breast, or it’s a great dish to use your leftovers in!

Potatoes Gratin Recipe without Cream

Classic Potatoes au Gratin

This is just one of many great leftover ham recipes we have on our site, there are lots more you can find too. You just layer all the things with your cheese and bake as usual. I hope you like this holiday side dish and your get together is yummy and fun!

Other easy side dishes you’ll love

To save leftovers you really want to save as much sauce as possible. Cooled and stored in airtight containers it will save well for a few days in your fridge.

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Easy Potatoes Au Gratin

Easy potatoes au gratin without cream is here!! Serve this simple side dish for Easter or Thanksgiving. The perfect dish with leftover ham inside.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword au gratin, cheesy, homemade, potato, potatoes, side dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 225kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Preheat oven to 400. 
  • Melt butter on the stove, add in flour so it thickens Use a wisk and add in milk and continue cooking over a medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes or until it’s bubbly and thick. 
  • Add in cheese and stir until melted. Take off the heat. Layer some of your potatoes in a baking dish, or corningware. Sprinkle with a bit of garlic salt.
  • Pour over 1/4 of the cheese. Repeat layer of potatoes and cheese until your pan if full. Bake for about 60 minutes or until top is golden brown and potatoes are tender.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Potatoes Au Gratin
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 148mg6%
Potassium 779mg22%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 335IU7%
Vitamin C 19.4mg24%
Calcium 189mg19%
Iron 5.7mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)
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Saturday 30th of March 2024

This is the easiest potatoes au gratin I have ever made. I top it off with garlic powder, Italian Seasoning and ground black pepper. I also almost always add diced ham or chicken to the potatoes to make it a main meal. A salad or vegetables as a side dish make it a complete meal.

Carissa Pelletier

Monday 29th of February 2016

Can't wait to make this. It's an "easy" recipe that is actually easy!

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 1st of March 2016

I am all about easy!

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