Cheesy Potatoes au Gratin - thinly sliced potatoes layered and baked in a creamy, cheesy sauce with a jolt from nutmeg and thyme. The ultimate potato side dish of all time that goes well with just about anything. Utterly delicious and super comforting!
Preheat oven to 400℉.
Peel and wash potatoes, then slice into about 1/8' thin slices. Use a mandolin, if desired, for even and fast prep.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and thyme. Saute for about 1 -2 minutes or until fragrant. Be careful not to let the garlic burn.
Whisk in flour until fully combined.
Gently pour in cream, whole milk, and evaporated milk, followed by salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Bring the cream mixture to a boil and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes, or until mixture starts to thicken.
Add about ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese and ½ cup of Gruyere cheese or Jarlsberg or another cheddar cheese and stir until smooth. Remove saucepan from heat.
Grease a 9x13 casserole dish with butter or cooking spray.
Place half of the potatoes in the greased pan, top potatoes with the sauce, add the rest of the potatoes and any other remaining sauce .
Cover the dish with foil paper and bake for about 45 -50 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender . Take foil off of dish and sprinkle remaining cheese over top and bake for another 15- 20 minutes or until potatoes are bubbly and brown. Optional: Broil for 5 minutes more for a crustier and browner top.
Top with thyme sprig, if desired. Serve warm.