Can I Bake My Au Gratin Potatoes Ahead Of Thanksgiving? 

Thanksgiving is usually a joyous filled occasion and many make use of the opportunity to visit their parents and families to spend it with them. During thanksgiving, there are usually lots of activities going on and a whole lot to do. From making the perfect ham to grilling chicken to going shopping to get gifts, to preparing the rooms especially if your families live miles away from you and they will be spending the night at your place. It can be really difficult to stick with the plan laid out for that season. If the activities are so time-consuming and tasking, you might just end up ordering food when all that you planned was a home-cooked meal. To deal with this and help you save time so that you can focus on other things, if you are planning to make your au gratin potatoes for Thanksgiving, you can do it a day ahead of Thanksgiving and it will still taste nice. 

Here is how to prepare your au gratin potatoes a day before Thanksgiving. This creamy recipe is worth trying and just what you need to spice up your thanksgiving. Get your ingredients ready, your cream, butter, cheese, garlic, and thyme. You can make use of the russet potato or the red potato. Personally, I prefer the red potatoes. Wash your potatoes and make use of a knife or vegetable slicer to remove any type of blemish by the side. slice it into thinner slices, make sure the sizes are equal, and soak in water to prevent the potato from turning brown. Place your butter into a pot, let the butter melt, add your cheese. Then add your flour, salt pepper, garlic, and thyme. Make sure to pour the milk slowly while stirring the mixture to prevent it from having lumps. 

It is best to preheat your oven to 350 degrees before making the sauce for the au gratin potatoes. Drain your potatoes and let them air dry a bit before adding them to the baking pan or plate to be used. You can pour part of the heated sauce before putting the potatoes then you pour the mix over it and make sure it is evenly spread and no part of it is neglected or not fully covered with the sauce. Add the second layer of potato slices or you could just add the whole potato slices the first time then add the sauce on it, making sure that it is well spread. 

Place the baking pan in the oven and leave it to bake for an hour, ten minutes until the color becomes light brown. Leave it to cool and place it in the fridge to refrigerate. On the day of Thanksgiving, bring it out an hour, thirty minutes before it is to be eaten. You can now place it in the oven to reheat and your thanksgiving will go just fine as you want.