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This easy cheesy potatoes recipe is a classic, but it’s one of my favorites by far. Potatoes are so versatile, that it’s a lot of fun to see how many different ways I can use them in a recipe. These potatoes au gratin can be cooked in the air fryer or baked in the oven.

Layered potatoes being lifted out of a pan on a spoon

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What Makes Cheesy Potatoes So Great?

  • Easy. A super simple air fryer recipe.
  • Delicious. Filled with cheese, potatoes, onions, and a fantastic blend of spices.
  • Vegetarian. A great meat-free side dish to pair with any meal.
  • Gluten Free. An allergy-friendly option your whole family will love.

There are many fancy ways you can use potatoes. I’ve seen them carved into beautiful shapes like flowers and people’s faces, however, you can’t beat the classics.

These easy cheesy potatoes are pretty easy to make and always make for a crowd-pleasing dish. Of course, even if you don’t have a crowd, the family will love them and be back for seconds.

This delicious side dish is gluten-free, vegetarian and can be cooked in both the air fryer and the oven. It’s super versatile and goes with so many main courses. It’s creamy and cheesy and oh so delicious.

What Does Potatoes Au Gratin Mean?

Typically this refers to a French style casserole where you’ve created a browned crust on top of a dish. Sometimes this is done with breadcrumbs, sometimes cheese–or if you’re craving some good old fashioned American topping, I’ve seen this done with crushed, buttered corn flakes.

I will not judge, because by golly that cornflake topping is delicious!

I debated whether this cheesy potato casserole was au gratin or not, since I don’t use a breadcrumb topping for them. But the simplest way to get a browned crust on these–and also a delicious way to do that–is to top with grated cheese for the final 2-3 minutes of cooking.

Why Are They Called Funeral Potatoes?

These deliciously cheesy potatoes are often referred to as Funeral potatoes because they easy and affordable to make. They’re also the epitome of comfort food.

How Do You Make Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes From Scratch?

Four shots to show how to layer the potatoes and cheese
Four shots to show how to finish and cook the cheesy potatoes
  • Spray a 6 x 3-inch round baking pan or a 6 x 4-inch gratin bowl (the first is better for an air fryer the second for the oven)
  • Place a thin layer of sliced potato on the base
  • Add a little garlic, thyme, salt pepper and some of the Swiss or Mozzarella cheese
  • Repeat but the next layer will be sweet potato followed by the same toppings
  • Then continue until your tin or gratin dish is full
  • Push down firmly when you add each potato layer to create a nice compact gratin
  • Finish off with a layer of mixed potato and sweet potato
  • Pour over the milk

Air Fried Cheesy Potatoes

  • If you are cooking in the air fryer cover with foil and cook at 350F for 40 minutes

Oven Baked Cheesy Potatoes

  • If you are cooking in the oven cook uncovered at 350F in the middle of the oven for 55 minutes

To Finish

  • When the gratin are cooked the potatoes should be able to be pierced easily with a knife.
  • Sprinkle over the remaining cheese, Swiss or Mozzarella first then Parmesan.
  • Either broil on high or place in the air fryer at 400F for 5 minutes.
Cheesy potatoes in a white baking dish

What Meat Goes Well With Cheesy Potatoes?

Whether you bake or air fry this easy potato side dish, it is perfect to pair with so many main dishes. It works great with fish, steak, chicken and veggie dishes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best potatoes to use?

Both mealy and waxy potatoes work well in this recipe, don’t be afraid to experiment.

What’s the best way to slice the potatoes?

It’s a lot easier to slice the potatoes for this dish by using a mandolin slicer. Be careful though, don’t go for a cheaper mandolin slicer as it’s easy to cut yourself on those. Be sure you get one with a guard so your fingers will stay intact. it’s well worth it though and you can use it for many more of my recipes outside of these cheesy potatoes.

Can you make cheesy potatoes ahead of time?

Yes! These potatoes are a great make ahead side dish. You can prep the whole dish, up to the point of cooking, and keep it covered in the fridge for 1 to 2 days.

You can also cook the cheesy potatoes ahead of time and keep it covered in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. Reheat them in an oven at 350F, with the top covered with foil for 15 to 20 minutes. You can also reheat them in air fryer for 4 minutes.

Tips and Tricks for Making Scalloped Cheesy Potatoes

  • For the perfect Au Gratin cheesy potatoes, make sure you slice all of the potatoes the same size. A mandolin slicer makes this easier.
  • Add cheese to the top of the potatoes in the final 2-3 minutes of cooking for a cheesy crust.
  • If you cannot be bothered with layering just place all of the ingredients in a large bowl with the exception of the cheese for topping. Then mix well and pour into the cooking bowl and cook as per instructions.

Looking for More Air Fryer Recipes?

If you’re looking for more delicious potato recipes, check out my Irish Colcannon. It’s a wonderful twist on mashed potatoes. Be sure to check out my air fried baked potatoes and rosemary roasted potatoes too.

The best cheesy potatoes recipe

Finding a quick and easy side dish to pair with your meal doesn’t have to be a chore. If you’ve been looking for the perfect potato side, this is the one for you. A savory, creamy, and cheesy accompaniment to your dinner.

Overhead shot of cheesy potatoes in two dishes

I absolutely love side dishes containing potatoes. These cheesy potatoes are only one of my favorites but, they’re always at the top of my list. They’re quick to toss together, and they always come out with the perfect texture and flavor. I guarantee the entire family will be in love with this dish. I know mine was! 

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The cheesy potatoes being served on a spoon

Easy Cheesy Potatoes

Make these savory, cheesy potatoes right in your air fryer or oven. They’re a delightful side for most any meal!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Course: Side Dishes

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Air Fried Au Gratin Potatoes, best cheesy potatoes, easy cheesy potato recipe

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 341kcal

Author: Urvashi Pitre

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Spray a 6 x 3-inch round baking pan or a 6 x 4-inch gratin bowl (the first is better for an air fryer the second for the oven)

  • Place a thin layer of sliced potato on the base

  • Add a little garlic, thyme, salt pepper and some of the Swiss or Mozzarella cheese

  • Repeat but the next layer will be sweet potato followed by the same toppings

  • Then continue until your tin or gratin dish is full

  • Push down firmly when you add each potato layer to create a nice compact gratin

  • Finish off with a layer of mixed potato and sweet potato

  • Pour over the milk

  • If you are cooking in the air fryer cover with foil and cook at 350F for 40 minutes

  • If you are cooking in the oven cook uncovered at 350F in the middle of the oven for 55 minutes

  • When the gratin are cooked the potatoes should be able to be pierced easily with a knife.

  • Sprinkle over the remaining cheese, Swiss or Mozzarella first then Parmesan.

  • Either broil on high or place in the air fryer at 400F for 5 minutes.

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  • For the perfect Au Gratin potatoes, make sure you slice all of the potatoes the same size. A mandolin slicer makes this easier.
  • Add cheese to the top of the potatoes in the final 2-3 minutes of cooking for a cheesy crust.
  • If you cannot be bother with layering just place all of the ingredients in a large bowl with the exception of the cheese for topping. Then mix well and pour into the cooking bowl and cook as per instructions.
  • Both mealy and waxy potatoes work well in this recipe, don’t be afraid to experiment.

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Nutrition

Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 27g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

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Originally published July 21, 2019

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