Valentine’s Day Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes with Bechamel Sauce

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

This side dish will win your date’s heart on Valentine’s Day! Make a loving impression by baking Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes with Bechamel Sauce. These baked potatoes with cheese, sour cream and a rich bechamel sauce are topped with panko breadcrumbs to make this dish the love of your life.

  • 1 package (1 lb., 14 oz.) Kroger Country-Style Hash Browns
  • 1 can (10.5 oz.) Kroger Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup
  • ⅓ cup green onions
  • 1 cup white onions, chopped
  • 1 stick Kroger Butter
  • 1 package (8 oz.) Kroger Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 tub (16 oz.) Kroger Sour Cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix the hash browns, cream of mushroom soup, chopped onions, sour cream, half the shredded cheddar (about 1 cup), salt and pepper in a large bowl until combined. Pour and spread the mixture into a casserole baking dish.
  3. Melt half the stick of butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and sugar.
  4. Continue to cook the flour mixture, making a roux, for about 2 minutes.
  5. Gradually add 2 cups milk and whisk until the sauce thickens.
  6. Pour and spread on top of the hash brown mixture.
  7. Add a layer of panko breadcrumbs and the remaining half stick of butter and sprinkle the top with the remaining shredded cheese.
  8. Bake at 350° F for an hour until the potato mixture bubbles and the topping is golden brown.
  9. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve to your “honey bun!” Happy Valentine’s Day!

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