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What is the difference between Scalloped and Au Gratin potatos?

Asked by IBERnineD (7309points) January 3rd, 2009

I went shopping and was deciding with unhealthy/delicious side dish I wanted to make, and came across this dilemma.

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90s_kid's avatar

removed because it was wrong

marinelife's avatar

Onion. For real decadence, go with Potatoes Anna with truffles, but I don’t think you can find it in a grocery store.

bythebay's avatar

Where’s SoapChef? I think the main difference is Au Gratin potatoes have cheese, Scalloped potatoes don’t, Scalloped are just made with a white sauce. Did I mention I adore them both equally?

syz's avatar

From :

Scalloped potatoes are a milk based potato dish. The potatoes are usually sliced very thinly although what technically makes it ‘scalloped’ is the milk base. A gratin on the other hand is any dish that is topped with cheese and/or bread crumbs and layered with bits of butter and is baked until brown and crispy. People often get them confused and use the terms interchangeably. However, gratins can be made with a variety of vegetables

jessturtle23's avatar

I thought scalloped potatoes were the way they were cut.

PupnTaco's avatar

Syz has it right. The term gratin is from the French word “gratter” meaning to “to scrape” as of the “scrapings” of bread or cheese used to make a simple crust.

loser's avatar

Oh man, now I’m hungry…

augustlan's avatar

The difference is, I prefer Au Gratin! yummy

IBERnineD's avatar

Yum anything with potatoes makes me happy…and now I am hungry again! LEFT OVERS!!!! :D

cookieman's avatar

Yup – cheese is the difference.

The chef at the farm I work at makes a potato, Swiss chard, and grier cheese gratin that is to die for.

galileogirl's avatar

milk and butter good, cheese and butter better.

90s_kid's avatar

My parents never made stuff with potatoes. But my grandmother did but rarely see her.

IBERnineD's avatar

That’s a shame, I was lucky we are Irish, potatoes are a staple.

90s_kid's avatar

Yeah, but that is hard to make. I mean we have made the basics like mashed potatoes, and Gnocchi was made once.

AstroChuck's avatar

Scalloped refers to how the potatoes are cut. Au Gratin potatoes are just scalloped potatoes with cheese.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

I have had Au Gratin potatoes in a cheese sauce!?! That kind of muddies the water, doesn’t it?

bythebay's avatar

One entry found.

Main Entry: 2scallop
Variant(s): also scollop
Function: verb
Date: 1682
transitive verb
1 a: to shape, cut, or finish in scallops b: to form scallops in
2 [from the use of a scallop shell as a baking dish] : to bake in a sauce usually covered with seasoned bread or cracker crumbs <scalloped potatoes>
intransitive verb
: to gather or dredge scallops

No matter how they got the name – They’re delicious!

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

I prefer funeral potatoes.

augustlan's avatar

What on earth are funeral potatoes?

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

You know, the potato casserole that people bring to funerals. Consists of sliced or grated potatoes, sour cream, chives, cheese, and either bread crumbs or smashed cornflakes on top.

augustlan's avatar

We must be going to different funerals ;)

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Yes, you probably are. I live in Utah, and we are known for funeral potatoes, fry sauce, and green jello. Hence the olympic pins of these “strictly Utah” foods. :) Well, everyone has green jello, it’s just not as popular elsewhere. Personally, I don’t know how people in other states live without fry sauce!

AstroChuck's avatar

It’s just ketchup & mayo.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

I will mix ketchup and mayo when I’m desperate, but real fry sauce is much more. You can get pretty close by adding a little Thousand Island dressing, but real fry sauce has certain spices in it, although I don’t know what they are.

bythebay's avatar

I’ve been mixing ketchup & mayo for fries since I went to Europe in the 70’s. But I’ve never had fry sauce; sounds good!

augustlan's avatar

I love mixing ketchup and mayo! Burgers, fries, onion rings, whatever. I always told my kids it was ‘mommy’s special sauce’, ‘til they caught on to what it really is :) Never heard of ‘fry sauce’ though. Now I want to try some!

galileogirl's avatar

When I was really poor I mixed mayo and catsup, Mixed in dill pickle juice and the diced skin pieces of pickle for 1000 island dressing. Lettuce was cheaper than potatos

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