These Pimento Cheese Au Gratin Potatoes are so cheesy and savory… a southern twist on a favorite classic!
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One of my favorite things to enjoy is pimento cheese. And potatoes. This is about as southern as potatoes get! A little chili powder gives these potatoes and extra kick but they’re definitely not too overly-spicy.
Ohhhhh yes! I could eat a huge bowl of these as a meal. They’d be a perfect side dish for your holiday gatherings this weekend if you’re a pimento cheese lover like I am.
I hope you and your family have a VERY Merry Christmas!
- 3 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1-1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, sliced about ¼ inch thick
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup chopped shallots (about 3 shallots)
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 (4-ounce) jar sliced pimentos (VERY WELL drained - reserve 2 tablespoons of liquid)
- 2 tablespoons reserved liquid from pimentos
- 2-1/2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
- Place oven racks in middle and top position. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil with 2 teaspoons of the salt in a large pot. Add potatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Drain in a colander.
- While potatoes are cooking, combine heavy cream, shallots, chili powder, the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper and reserved pimento liquid in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring often.
- Add 1-1/2 cups of the cheese and stir until melted. Remove from heat.
- Spray a small casserole dish with cooking spray. Layer ⅓ of the potatoes in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle half of the sliced pimentos on top of the potatoes. Repeat until all of the potatoes and pimentos have been used.
- Pour cheese mixture over potatoes and pimentos. Carefully shake dish to distribute cheese mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and bake on middle rack for 15 minutes.
- Remove dish from oven, uncover and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of cheese. Place dish on top oven rack and bake until cheese is bubbly and slightly browned, about 8-9 minutes.