Au Gratin Potatoes, Thanksgiving Sides, and a Giveaway from Country Crock!

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, a lot of fuss will be made over the turkey and dressing (or stuffing), but what about all the sides?  Without sides the meal just wouldn’t be complete, would it?  This Thanksgiving fill your table with vegetable sides, made using Country Crock.  

Country Crock has 0 grams of trans fats and goes great with every dish from corn on the cob and green beans to vegetable casseroles like Broccoli & cheese casserole and squash casserole.    The Crock Country Chronicle In The Kitchen always has great recipes, veggie tips, and other fun ideas, and they have some side dishes that will steal the show this Thanksgiving!   

Today I’ve got a fantastic side dish that I made this week using Country Crock:  Au Gratin Potatoes.   sidedish  This was my first time to make Au Gratin Potatoes from scratch, and I was very pleased with how they turned out.  I found the recipe online but made some changes to it.  This was very easy to make and not very time consuming, so if you’ve always wanted to make homemade Au Gratin Potatoes or if you’re just looking for something new to try this Thanksgiving, check out my recipe!   sidedish    Recipe for Au Gratin Potatoes:  


4 cups diced potatoes (about 1/2-inch dice)

5 tablespoons Country Crock

1/3 cup flour

1 3/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups  shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Directions: Put the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower heat to medium, cover, and continue boiling for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain.

Use 1 tablespoon of Country Crock and spread over bottom and sides of an 8×8 baking dish. Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of the Country Crock over medium heat. Add flour and stir until blended and bubbly. Add the milk and continue cooking, stirring, until thickened. Stir in salt and pepper. Add 1 1/2 cups of cheese to mixture and stir until cheese is melted in.

Add in the drained potatoes.  Stir until potatoes are coated with cheese sauce. Transfer the potato mixture to the prepared baking dish.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese (use more if desired). Bake for 15-20 minutes.


Giveaway!  One Simply Sweet Home reader will win a Thanksgiving kit, featuring the following items (pictured below): –Harvest Pumpkin Tiny Taper Holders, Set of 4Italian Scalloped Bakers, 10″ x 6” –Wire Baker Rack        To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below. a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thank you to Country Crock for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.


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  3. Carolina HeartStrings says

    My mother always made these at Thanksgiving. Delicious. Yours look terrific.

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    Would love to try the bacon squash

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  6. the cinnamon roasted potatoes looks good

  7. Hi Jerri,
    Your Au Gratin Potatoes look awesome a great side for the holidays. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Oh, man, this looks good! Pinning for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Christie - Food Done Light says

    Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures. I love, love, love au gratin potatoes. These look so delish

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