Express Potato au Gratin

Au Gratin [oh graht-n, oh grat-n, aw graht-n, aw grat-n; French oh gra-tan]


Cooked or baked with a topping of either browned bread crumbs and butter or grated cheese, or with both.

Sounds fancy doesn’t it? I thought so, plus it’s covered with cheese. You can’t go wrong with that. There was a problem though: every recipe I could find required baking it for at least an hour and 30 minutes; Too much time using an oven that I might not have anyway. So with a bit of planning and some luck, I came up with recipe where you use a microwaveSure it might not be the traditional golden brown, oh-so-creamy dish restaurants serve, but it’s pretty tasty and can be a whole meal. That and it does technically fall in the definition 🙂



2 potatoes
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
1 1/2 cups milk or soymilk
1 cup steamed broccoli
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp flour



1.  Rinse off the potatoes and peel them. Slice them thinly, then microwave for about 2 minutes.

2.  If you’re using some microwavable steam broccoli, just follow the package directions (this won’t use a full bag). If not, you can use frozen or raw broccoli, just cook it first. Slice the broccoli into smaller pieces if you want. I know I hate those random, chunky stems…

3.  Layer about half of the potato slices, overlapping a bit, on the bottom of a 8 in. x 8 in. x 2 1/2 in. dish. Sprinkle them with half of your salt, layer the broccoli on next, and top with 1 cup of the cheese. Cover it all with the rest of your potato slices and season with the rest of the salt.


4.  Mix your flour and milk well in a separate bowl, then pour over everything in the dish. The milk should only fill up, at most, half of the dish. It will rise when it’s cooking and boil over. If you’re not careful, you will end up with hot milk and cheese mixture in your microwave and on the sides of the dish, and nobody wants that.

5.  Cover the dish with whatever microwave-safe material you have then stick it in the microwave for about 5 minutes. Let it sit for a bit since there will probably be some steam. Add the rest of your cheese on top and pop it back in the microwave for another 4 minutes. Let it sit for another couple of minutes before eating.

*Note: All microwave times may vary because of different wattage.*


There’s a lot you can do to this recipe. Carrots, onions, any vegetables really, can be used with or instead of the broccoli. You could even add mushrooms or chicken to really make it an all-in-one dinner. Just remember, they have to be cooked beforehand, especially meat. Anywho, experiment to your heart’s content. Happy eating!