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Herbed Au Gratin Potatoes

Andre Prost Coconut Milk and Gruyere cheese are a perfect match for this classic dish.
40 minutes to assemble
60-65 minutes to bake
Total time: 1 hour and 40-45 minutes
Serves 12
2-13.5 oz cans Andre Prost Coconut Milk (found in the baking section)
3 teaspoons kosher salt or 2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
1 teaspoon each, minced rosemary and thyme
Freshly ground black pepper
5 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes
3 tablespoons butter or non-hydrogenated dairy free margarine
2 1/2 tablespoons flour
3 cups grated Gruyere* cheese (or non-dairy cheese of choice)
Step 1
Preheat the oven to 375° F. Lightly grease a 9 x13 inch baking dish.
Step 2
In a medium saucepan bring Coconut Milk, salt, garlic, rosemary, thyme and pepper to taste, to a boil. Turn off heat and set aside. Note: mixture will taste salty alone but not when combined with potatoes.
Step 3
Wash potatoes well, slice thinly and cover with cold water. Set aside.
Step 4
Melt butter or margarine in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture turns a golden brown color.
Step 5
Slowly whisk in the herbed coconut milk, a bit at a time. Stirring, bring to a boil and remove from heat.
Step 6
Drain potatoes and layer 1/3 on bottom of baking dish, overlapping each slice about half way. Pour 1/3 coconut sauce over potatoes and sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese. Repeat layers 2 more times, only reserving last cup of cheese for later.
Step 7
Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered 15-20 additional minutes. If potatoes are soft and a darker color is desired, broil potatoes until cheese is nicely browned.

*Naturally aged chesses like aged Parmesan, Cheddar and Swiss (Gruyere) only have about 0.5 grams of lactose in them, making them more user-friendly for those with lactose intolerance. Check sugar content on the nutrition labels to be sure of exact amount.
For carefree entertaining, prepare the day before serving and reheat uncovered at 300°F for one hour.