One of my mom’s best side dishes is her au gratin potatoes. Some people call them funeral potatoes because they are a good dish to serve at a funeral. In Home on Huckleberry Hill, I had these potatoes on the menu when Mary Anne makes Jethro a special anniversary dinner. After Jethro goes fishing instead of staying home to celebrate their anniversary, Mary Anne decides that funeral potatoes were a very bad choice for an anniversary dinner. She skims all the melted cheese off the top and eats it without feeling one bit guilty.
But you won’t want to miss the potatoes under the cheese. They are delicious. This is one of those dishes that doesn’t really require a recipe. I just add things to taste–so here’s my best effort at actually giving you a recipe.