Potatoes Au Gratin


If you don't like onions or garlic, leave them out.

1 clove garlic
4 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced (4 cups)
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup sliced onions
2 strips bacon (optional), uncooked, diced
1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups milk, hot

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease bottom and sides of a 13x9-inch baking pan (I used 8x8 and it was fine).  Rub a little garlic on the sides too.  Thinly slice potatoes and put in cold water.  In a cup, mix flour, salt, and pepper.  Drain potatoes, arrange in pan:  1/2 of potatoes, onions, flour mixture, bacon, and remaining potatoes.  Top with cheese and pour hot milk over all.  Cover and bake for 45 minutes.  Uncover and bake 15 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.