Walnut and Sage Potatoes AuGratin CrockPot Recipe

Day 85.

This was our Easter contribution this year. We were set to have Easter at our house, but then the flu hit.


We're actually still recovering.

So Adam technically made this, since he was the only non-germified person in the house. I talked him through it from a fetal position on the couch.

He is still healthy, which is actually getting a tad bit annoying.

I followed a recipe for this that I found on Gluten-Free Bay, an excellent website for the gluten-challenged.

The Ingredients.

--1/4 cup flour (I used Pamela's)
--6 medium potatoes
--1/2 yellow onion, diced
--1 stick of butter
--1 t salt
--1/4 t black pepper
--2 1/2 cups milk or cream (I tried to do a mixture of both, but discovered the milk had expired. So I used all heavy cream. I'm sorry, mom!)
--1 t dried sage
--1 1/2 cups of shredded gruyere cheese (swiss could work)
--1-2 handfuls of walnut halves (could be optional, but then you'd have to change the name)

The Directions.

--tell your husband to peel and cut the potatoes in 1/4 inch slices. Marvel at how exact he is. Make a mental note to have him do this more often.
--have him dice the onion too.
--melt butter in a microwavebale bowl, and slowly wisk in flour until there aren't any lumps.
--add the milk/cream to the butter and milk bowl.
--add all of your spices to the butter and milk bowl.
--spray the inside of your crockpot stoneware with a bit of cooking oil
--begin layering the potatoes, onion and the milk mixture in the crockpot
--layer until everything has been used up.
--shred all of the gruyere and dump on top of the potatoes, flattening if need-be with your hand.
--sprinkle with a bit more sage

--add a handful or two of walnut halves
--cover and cook on high for 3-5 hours.

I used my mom's 4 qt round Rival for this and it took exactly 4 hours, with perfectly tender potatoes.

The Verdict.

I only ate a bite or two of this, because I wasn't feeling very well. The reports from the family was that it was very good, very rich, and very buttery. I thought it needed a bit more salt; they thought not, but suggested less butter next time.

Thank you again, to Gluten-Free Bay!

Do you love this article?

Please share it with your friends!

Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at March 25, 2008

Sign up for the A Year of Slow Cooking newsletter and get the Top Ten Reader Favorite Recipes sent directly to your inbox!

What they say about this article

  1. Anonymous3/25/2008

    This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  2. Anonymous3/25/2008

    Don't click the above link. It made my computer go crazy with spyware alerts.

  3. oh i have missed checking in on you!! this looks wonderful!!

  4. Ah the flu......it has hit here too! I missed out on all the Easter Festivities! Hope you all are better soon.

  5. Anonymous3/25/2008

    I have a question that doesn't apply to this recipe but it does involve Crock Pots. Is it not possible to make chili in the Crock Pot with dried beans? I have lots of dried beans and really want chili, but all the recipes I have found for Crock Pot Chili involve cans of beans. Do you have any advice? Or a recipe? Or am I just not looking in the right places on the internet?

  6. Hi!

    I love your blog and I also enjoy using a crockpot. Do you use a liner or have any tricks for how you clean your crockpot? I would use mine more if it wasn't such a pain to clean. The food is always burned to the sides and I let it soak overnight but it is still pretty tough to scrub off.
    Many thanks!!


  7. Anonymous3/25/2008

    i'm an idiot...i clicked on the first comment...shouldn't have...made a lot of gobbledeegook come up. drat. should've read #2 before i clicked. next time: look before leaping. lols don't like to be led astray. fie on the sender!! the potatos sound great.

  8. Anonymous3/25/2008

    Hi Steph,

    This looks yummy - and if it's easy enough for the SO or DH to make all the better!

    I do hope you start feeling better soon. I'm mentally sending you a big bowl of homemade soup and a hot cup of herbal tea.

  9. Do I dare say this? No one at my home has had the flu yet. I am holding my breath!

    I sure hope you get to feeling better real soon.

  10. Sorry to hear about the flu!

    This looks yummy.

    I'm trying your steak blue cheese roll up things tonight. Sure smells good!

  11. I am SO bookmarking your blog!! I love love love my crockpot!!!

    Stop by anytime. I'll get you a glass of iced tea & you can put your feet up. You've been busy!

    Confession of an Apron Queen: http://anapronaday.blogspot.com

  12. Just how many different crockpots do you have access to? This is going to stress me out because I only have ONE, like a normal person. . . . . but any excuse to buy a new appliance.......!

    : ) : ) : )

  13. I SO totally hope you are feeling well soon. it SUCKS being sick!

    please feel well soon, the weather is getting nice. i want you to enjoy it!

  14. Definitely different! Sounds great :-)

    hope you all feel better!

  15. Anonymous3/26/2008

    I have been looking for a good potatoes au gratin crock pot recipe and just tried one over the weekend that didn't cut it. I should have waited for you, O Crock Pot Mistress.

    Now, if only you'd do black beans and rice ...

  16. ack! I'm so sorry about that icky spam spyware link. I hope nobody's computer went wonky for too long.

    sharon, I will do chili with dry beans. I'll put it on my list. In the meantime, you can follow how to cook the beans for your favorite chili recipe the way I did for the beans and weenies.

    julie, I emailed you with more specifics, but no, I don't use a liner. And (insert HUGE sacrifice to the cleaning gods) I haven't had too much trouble keeping my crock clean with just some soaking and dishwasher runs.

    msm, I have a 6qt oval Rival and a 1.5 qt mini and I recently borrowed my moms 4qt round Rival. But my friends have all graciously said I could use theirs if I need to. So far the most I've had plugged in at one time was 3.

    beth, black beans and rice--got it!


  17. Anonymous3/27/2008

    less butter??? What are they, Ailens??? Recipe sounds really good.

  18. Anonymous3/31/2008

    Thank you! I will check out the beans and weanies. And am looking forward to the chili. :)

  19. I loved this recipe! Had to tweak it according to what I had at hand. No sage :( . Used whole milk only, added cayenne pepper and fontina instead of gruyere. It was DELICIOUS!! My whole family loved it, had seconds...and thirds and I'm making plans for a midnight snack.
    Thank you!