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Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas: Smoky Potatoes Au Gratin


This Thanksgiving, I decided I wanted to make a few non-traditional dishes to go with my Turkey. After going over the idea in my head over and over,  I finally decided I wanted to make some Potatoes Au Gratin. I mean, who doesn’t love a good potato, right! Instead of making my regular Potatoes Au Gratin dish, I wanted to give this dish some extra kick! So, I decided to stop by my local Mariano’s to see how I could take this dish to the next level.

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I’ve heard nothing but great things about Mariano’s so I couldn’t wait to shop at the newest location on Clark St.in Chicago. As soon as I walked in, it truly was love at first sight! I kept telling myself to stick to the list. I found myself wandering around the whole store wanting everything from the fresh produce to sushi. After, I finally got myself together it was time to the ingredients that I needed to make the Smokey Potatoes Au Gratin Dish.

Recently Updated138After shopping for potatoes, cheese and a few other items I needed; I headed over to check out. My cashier promptly informed me about the Mariano’s Reward Card program. The program is very simple, every time you use your card you get cash back on your purchases. So, you guys know what I did, I promptly signed up! I never miss an opportunity to save an extra buck. After finding everything that I needed at Mariano’s it was time to head home and make my dish!

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I originally got this recipe from Big Daddy on the Food Network but I decide to tweak it and make it my own. #shop #MyMarianos #cbias.

To make this dish you will need the following:

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2  1/2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 Cheddar Cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 White Cheddar (grated)
  • 1/4 American Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 3 pounds of baking potatoes
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons smoky
  • 1 cup of bacon bits
  • 3 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of seasoning salt

Making this dish is fairly simple just follow these instructions: Take 1 stick of butter and melt it in a sauce pot, as the butter melts mix in the flour.  Stir until the mixture becomes a paste then add the milk. Stir for about 5 minutes, the mixture will start getting thick. Next turn the heat on low and add all of the cheese. In another bowl peel and thinly slice the potatoes and add them to a casserole dish. Add a dash of salt, garlic powder and seasoning salt  and the 1/2 cup of milk to the potatoes. Now pour your cheese mixture on top of the potatoes and spread it out evenly.  Lastly, in a separate bowl add the other stick of melted butter and the smoky paprika to the panko bread crumbs. Now spread the bread crumbs to the top layer and bake covered up for 50 minutes. After 50 minutes remove the cover and bake for another 20 minutes uncovered.

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Now you’re done and ready to cook your other Thanksgiving side dishes! If you are looking for Thanksgiving Dinner ideas check out Mariano’s for all your Thanksgiving needs. If you are looking for new ideas, Mariano’s update their site weekly, so make sure you check make regularly and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.#MyMarianos

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Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of Swa-Rai.com, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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