Bacon Cheddar Beer Potatoes Au Gratin

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Bacon Cheddar Beer Potatoes Au Gratin are your favorite rich and creamy potatoes taken to a whole new level with bacon, cheese and beer.

Bacon Cheddar Beer Potatoes Au Gratin

Are you looking for the perfect side dish?  I have been dreaming of a side dish so insanely divine that I would need to build a meal around it.  

Bacon Cheddar Beer Potatoes Au Gratin

Loaded with bacon, beer and cheese I am pretty sure this is it!!!  Even though I am not a big beer drinker (I would much rather sip on a glass of merlot) I really love the flavor beer gives to a dish when cooked with it.

We have had many bacon cheese loves in our food experience.  But, none have come so close to perfection. 

These potatoes are rich, creamy, tender, bacony, cheesy and boast a lovely flavor from the beer.  You are printing this recipe out…  Right?  You have to try this.

So, back to this story… I thought I was just about to the point of side dish perfection with the Bacon Hasselback Potatoes

It was so close, but just a tiny bit short of being the consummate side.  (I think if it had beer in it, I would have flipped though).

So here we are, a traditional potatoes au gratin turned into a heavenly Bacon Cheddar Beer Potatoes Au Gratin.  Did you flinch?  Bacon, cheddar and beer with potatoes?

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Recipe Tips

  • If you do not have chicken broth, you can heat 1/2 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon to substitute.

What to Serve with Au Gratin Potatoes

Oh yes, there is nothing light about this dish.  It is intentionally rich and decadent. Lighten the guilt, and serve it with a salad.

I recommend making my copycat recipe for Olive Garden Italian Dressing to go with it!!

Enjoy!

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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Bacon Cheddar Beer Potatoes Au Gratin in a pan

Bacon Cheddar Beer Potatoes Au Gratin

Donna Elick
Bacon Cheddar Beer Potatoes Au Gratin are your favorite rich and creamy potatoes taken to a whole new level with bacon, cheese and beer.
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 8 – 10

Ingredients
 

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground chile de arbol, can substitute cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup beer, Belgian style wheat beer (Blue Moon)
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 8 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 24 ounces bacon, cooked, drained and chopped
  • 3 pounds red potatoes, sliced thin

Instructions
 

  • Move rack to center of oven and preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add flour and whisk; allow flour to cook for 2-3 minutes to cook out the ‘floury’ taste. Add garlic, chile, paprika, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  • Slowly add beer, chicken, and, half-and-half. Whisk until there are no lumps. Add cheese and whisk constantly until you have a smooth mixture. Add milk and Worcestershire. Reduce heat to low.
  • Butter a 3 quart casserole dish. Layer potatoes in casserole dish, topping each layer with about ½ cup of cheese sauce. Halfway through add half of chopped bacon on top of cheese layer. Continue layering cheese sauce and potatoes. Reserve the remaining bacon.
  • Bake for 70-90 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Top with remaining bacon for the last 10 minutes of cook time. Allow potatoes to rest for 20 minutes before serving to thicken up.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Donna’s Notes

If you do not have chicken broth, you can heat ½ cup water and 1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon to substitute.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 716cal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1157mg | Sugar: 5g | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 289mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published August 2012. Updated and republished October 2018.

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21 Comments

  1. I love a good Belgian beer, and I love cheese. OK I love potatoes too. Bacon – yup you got me there. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Sounds terrific.

  2. Bacon, cheddar and potatoes, I'm there. Not sure about the beer. How does it enhance the flavor of the dish?

  3. Sure, I go away for a week and you try to sneak this past me while I'm gone? I FRIGGIN' (real word) LOVE this idea!!!!!! Beer cheese soup is a favorite of mine but this could very well come in second. Genius!

  4. Picture looks absolutely amazing! not a beer fan.. but willing to give it a try! thanks for sharing!

  5. I am not a beer lover, but recently discovered the advantages of cooking with beer: rich, deep flavors, boosts color, makes people ask: "what did you put in here? it's really good!" I used oatmeal stout in my favorite baked potato soup – substituting about 1/3 of the half-n-half/milk called for with the stout. It was absolutely delicious! I would not hesitate to use beer in this type of recipe – can't wait to try this for my family!

  6. I would not cover it as you want it to get browned on top. I made this last week and it was a huge hit. I used Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA as the beer and it was a great choice. I think next time I might use half cheddar and half muenster. I also tried a crust of breadcrumbs on top but it got too soggy–I think next time I might try crushed potato chips.

  7. I agree that cooking with beer adds a real depth of flavor – and these flavors go so perfectly together. I may have to make these tonight!

  8. I am new to your blog and it looks great! I would love to learn about what skillets/pots and pans you use and recommend. Thanks!

  9. I am attending an office Thanksgiving potluck and our office has no oven, so I was wondering if this could be made in a crock pot?

  10. I am absolutely loving your recipes! Last week I made your bacon beer cheese soup, and my husband and I finished the pot in one night! His favorite dish is scalloped potatoes-i want to surprise him tonight with a killer version of it. And this is it! Thank you so much! Your sight is so colorful, clean, and creative. It inspires me to want to cook more and try new dishes.

  11. I am absolutely loving your recipes! Last week I made your bacon beer cheese soup, and my husband and I finished the pot in one night! His favorite dish is scalloped potatoes-i want to surprise him tonight with a killer version of it. And this is it! Thank you so much! Your sight is so colorful, clean, and creative. It inspires me to want to cook more and try new dishes.

  12. In your instructions, you state ‘Slowly add beer, chicken half and half’. Do you mean ‘and half and half’?

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