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Valentine’s Day Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes with Bechamel Sauce

This side dish will win your date’s heart on Valentine’s Day! Make a loving impression by baking Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes with Bechamel Sauce. These baked potatoes with cheese, sour cream and a rich bechamel sauce are topped with panko breadcrumbs to make this dish the love of your life.

Cook time: 1 hour | Prep time: 15 minutes | Serves: 5-6


  • 1 package (1 lb., 14 oz.) Kroger Country-Style Hash Browns

  • 1 can (10.5 oz.) Kroger Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup

  • ⅓ cup green onions

  • 1 cup white onions, chopped

  • 1 stick Kroger Butter

  • 1 package (8 oz.) Kroger Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded

  • 1 tub (16 oz.) Kroger Sour Cream

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper

  • ¼ tsp. salt

  • ⅓ cup flour

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 Tbsp. sugar

  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

  2. Mix the hash browns, cream of mushroom soup, chopped onions, sour cream, half the shredded cheddar (about 1 cup), salt and pepper in a large bowl until combined. Pour and spread the mixture into a casserole baking dish.

  3. Melt half the stick of butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and sugar.

  4. Continue to cook the flour mixture, making a roux, for about 2 minutes.

  5. Gradually add 2 cups milk and whisk until the sauce thickens.

  6. Pour and spread on top of the hash brown mixture.

  7. Add a layer of panko breadcrumbs and the remaining half stick of butter and sprinkle the top with the remaining shredded cheese.

  8. Bake at 350° F for an hour until the potato mixture bubbles and the topping is golden brown.

  9. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve to your “honey bun!” Happy Valentine’s Day!

*This content was created in partnership with Kroger Family Stores using free products provided by Kroger.



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