Well-seasoned potatoes in a cheesy sauce loaded with herbs and baked to a perfect shade of gold. Do we have your attention yet? Potato Bake is a delicious, comforting, gluten-free casserole of potatoes baked in a cheesy cream sauce. This potato bake recipe is soon bound to become a staple weekend breakfast in your kitchen.
This cheesy baking recipe is inspired by the famous continental dish potato au gratin. The idea of baking potatoes with cheese and cream is highly popular among food lovers. It is an utterly indulging comfort food.
Serve it with a choice of eggs and toasted bread slices for a tasty family breakfast.
If you haven’t tried this heavenly combination of potatoes in a creamy, cheesy sauce, I would suggest you must try it right away.
You need a few basic ingredients to make cheesy baked potato at home.
Potato: Try to cut the potatoes into equal size pieces for even cooking time. You can use equal size baby potato or sweet potato as well for this recipe.
Cream: I prefer using heavy cream for the white sauce. But you can use light or fresh cream as well. In India, Amul, Mother Dairy, and De’lecta creams are a perfect choice.
Cheese: Pizza Cheese, mozzarella, or cheddar cheese works best for baking.
Seasoning: I use a mix of thyme, chili flakes, and fresh parsley. But rosemary, oregano, sage, and a lot of fresh Italian basil also taste good with baked potatoes.
Other Ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Salt, & Pepper
No Pre-Cooking Required
You do not need to parboil or pre-cook the potatoes. While baking the potatoes cook in the thick white sauce with a crusty layer of cheese on top.
Can I make this dish with boiled potatoes? I would not recommend that. The flavor of cream sauce, herbs, and seasoning do not penetrate the boiled potatoes.
The baking time of potato bake may vary according to the variety of potatoes, portion, and oven size.
In my 52 liters OTG, the Indian variety of potatoes take 60 minutes at 180-degree celsius in the middle rack to get perfectly baked with a gooey sauce and a golden crust on top.
I would recommend checking the potatoes after 30 minutes for doneness. If required, bake for a longer duration and shift them to the topmost rack during the last few minutes of baking to get a golden crust.
My Tried & True Tips
Cut the potatoes into equal size for even cooking time or use the equal size baby potatoes. Pat dry diced potatoes with a kitchen towel before mixing in the sauce.
Use a good quality, unsweetened fresh or heavy cream for making cheesy potatoes.
Use pizza cheese, mozzarella cheese, or any other variety of grated cheese for the traybake recipe. Avoid cheese slices as they won’t lend much taste and texture to the dish.
Add salt cautiously to the cream sauce as cheese also has a salty flavor.
Bake the potatoes till they are nicely cooked and a golden crust is formed on top.
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Cheesy Potato Bake Recipe
- Baking Dish
- 2 Cup potato, diced
- 1 Cup heavy Cream
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
- Salt to taste
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ Cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ Cup pizza cheese, grated
- Preheat oven at 180-degree Celsius. Grease a baking dish with a teaspoon of olive oil.
- Peel and dice the potatoes into bite size pieces.
- Combine cream and all the remaining ingredients except cheese in a mixing bowl. Whisk to mix nicely and make a sauce.
- Add diced potatoes in the cream mixture and stir to coat potatoes with the sauce. Sprinkle grated cheese on top.
- Transfer potato into the baking dish. Bake in the oven for 40 – 50 minutes or till potatoes are cooked and a golden crust is formed on top.
- Serve Potato Tray Bake with toasted focaccia bread and eggs of your choice.