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Au Gratin Peas and Potatoes

While this delicious potato skillet is a wonderful side dish, we find it satisfying enough to be a main course, too. The skillet preparation takes less time than it does to bake an au gratin casserole or scalloped potatoes—but it's still good old-fashioned comfort food at its best! —Marie Peterson, DeForest, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cups sliced peeled cooked potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. In the drippings, saute onion until tender.
  • Layer with potatoes, salt, peas, 1 cup cheese and bacon. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until heated through, about 10 minutes.
  • Combine mayonnaise and milk until smooth; pour over bacon. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 473 calories, 31g fat (11g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 794mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • Yvette
    Mar 1, 2021

    This sounds great, but what kind of potatoes are best for this recipe?

  • LindaRaphael
    Feb 28, 2021

    Love this. I made it just as written. When layering I did half then the last half. Will be making again

  • Barbara
    Feb 26, 2021

    What happened to the onions you sautéed? Haven’t made yet!

  • Lisa
    Feb 26, 2021

    Need advice about how to layer: Are you supposed to repeat a portion of each ingredient with each layer; or, place all of the potatoes, then all of the peas, then all the bacon, then all the cheese? Thanks in advance!

  • kramerstacey15
    Apr 3, 2020

    I left the peas out as I don't like them.

  • Dave
    Mar 29, 2020

    Needs onions

  • Emerald_1
    Mar 29, 2020

    It looks so good and easy . However, I was also confused about the last part. I would think you would definitely need to simmer the gravy a little to make it not so runny (or am I wrong)? I'm looking forward to making it though - thanks for sharing....

  • LPHJKitchen
    Aug 5, 2019

    This is a great, flavorful and comforting dish! I love the addition of the peas! It's easy to make with everything cooking up together in a skillet. Will definitely make again!

  • snowbob
    Dec 8, 2011

    Bacon drippings are what really gives this recipe it's flavor, so don't omit!

  • angcy
    Mar 13, 2011

    tasty, except I was confused with the last step. So I ended up simmering the pot a little longer until the gravy mixture bubbles.