Cheesy Three Potato Bake

This cheesy three potato bake always brings smiles to our Thanksgiving table. Tender, fluffy potatoes that have been smothered in a rich and creamy cheese and chorizo sauce then baked in a hot oven until tender and delicious. 

Can you imagine Thanksgiving without a side of potatoes? Crazy, right. But, they can be, dare I say, boring! Bring some excitement back to the table with this cheesy three potato bake. Looking at it you are probably thinking, au gratin potatoes, what’s the big deal. Well, a variety of potatoes, chorizo sausage for more depth and interest, a complex Manchego cheese, and fresh herbs that complement the potatoes perfectly.

Sausage:

Chorizo Sausage may not be the first thing you think of when you think traditional Thanksgiving, but I like the little touch of spice it adds to the dish. You can substitute any sausage. Try Italian, pork, turkey, or even ham. Bacon, unfortunately, does not work well. Baking bacon in a cream based dish removes that beautiful crunch that makes bacon, bacon and comes out all fatty and white which looks a little disguising on the plate.

Potatoes:

You might think a potato is just a potato, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Every variety of potato offers something different. For this recipe I use red, Yukon gold, and sweet potatoes.

  • Red Potatoes have a creamy texture and a mild, subtly sweet flavor.
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes have a drier texture that offers a richer, fuller flavor.
  • Sweet Potatoes offer a sugary-sweet flavor with earthly undertones and a slight nuttiness.

When you bring the three together you get varying layers of textures and sweetness. Do not stress too much over the varying cooking times. The Yukon gold and sweet potatoes tend to bake up quicker then the red potatoes and will be softer, while the red potato will be firmer, even al dente if you prefer, but I like the layering textures each potato offers.

Cream:

Lastly, a quick work about the cream. I prefer to use a heavy cream in this dish. Half and half can be substituted if you must, but never use milk. Milk will not cream into the potatoes but remain runny and end up as a sloppy mess on your plate.

Cheesy Three Potato Bake

Cedar Oak Farms
This cheesy three potato bake always brings smiles to our Thanksgiving table. Tender, fluffy potatoes that have been bathed in a rich and creamy cheese and chorizo sauce then baked in a hot oven until tender and delicious.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Resting Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 sweet potatoes thinly sliced
  • 2 large Yukon gold potatoes thinly sliced
  • 4 medium red potatoes thinly sliced
  • 3 ounces smoked chorizo sausage thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 ounces Manchego cheese about 1½ cups

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. In a medium bowl combine the egg, cream, parsley, thyme, salt and half of the cheese. Layer a third of the potatoes, chorizo, and shallots in a buttered casserole dish. Pour a third of the cream mixture over the potatoes and repeat until all the potatoes and cream have been distributed. Cover the top with the remaining cheese.
  • Place the baking dish in a large, rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. If the top starts to get too brown before done baking cover the top with foil removing for the last 10 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.
Keyword Side Dish

7 thoughts on “Cheesy Three Potato Bake

  1. If you come across a person who doesn’t like cheese with potatoes, keep walking . . that’s what I say.

    And your captures are every bit as delicious as the recipe.

    1. Or maybe give them a hug because obviously something really bad has happened in their lives. I mean is there anything more comforting than potatoes or more delicious than cheese? Thank you, my friend!

  2. I have a friend who is a potato fanatic. I once made a potato-centric meal… there were spuds in every service. Made her day, lemme tell you and next time? I’m gonna add this one! Thanks Ella!

    1. What a good friend you are. Growing up we had potatoes with every meal. I think it was a German thing. Now I love veggies so much I often do not have them, but when I do they make me feel good inside. So I know your friend felt nothing but love that day. I would love my recipe to be part of that!

      1. We did often, too. I’ve been trying to limit my starch intake at the evening meal. I usually feel better when I skip them.
        Of course, she is a twig and never has to worry about having all potato meal!!

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