primal au gratin potatoes

Primal Au Gratin Potatoes

This recipe was contributed courtesy of Donna Fontaine, of Primal Recipe Tester.


If you are not strict Paleo, you may enjoy a little high quality dairy once in awhile, which is considered perfectly fine if your body tolerates it well. If that’s the case, this recipe for Au Gratin Potatoes will be right up your alley! While this is not a strict Paleo recipe, it can be considered Primal because it does use real food ingredients, like organic potatoes and raw, grass-fed cheese. This is a wonderful side dish for holidays like Thanksgiving, will be be sure to impress and delight your guests!

Au Gratin Potatoes
Serves 8
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
  1. 8 medium red potatoes sliced 3.5 mm thick with a mandolin
  2. 2 c raw, grass fed sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  3. 1 c full fat coconut milk
  4. 1/2 small yellow onion, finely diced
  5. 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  6. 1 tbsp avocado oil
  7. 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  8. 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  9. 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  10. Bacon fat
  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F and lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with bacon fat.
  2. Heat the avocado oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat then sauté onion for 4 minutes. Add garlic then sauté for 1 more minute.
  3. Add coconut milk and spices to the pan and stir to combine. Turn off heat.
  4. Layer half of the potatoes in the baking dish, then half of the cheese and top with the rest of the potatoes. Pour the coconut milk mixture over the potatoes then spread the rest of the cheese on top.
  5. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes. If you see the cheese getting too dark lay a piece of aluminum foil over the top.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes before sprinkling with bacon and digging in.

donna fountaine of primal recipe testerDonna has always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, she knew she wanted to give it a try. She feels the happiest, healthiest and most confident that she has ever had in her life and Donna is convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. Donna loves not only what she is doing for herself but also what she is doing for her family. Donna and her husband have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where she works and try to spend as much time as she can with her family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling.
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