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Scalloped Potatoes

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These homemade scalloped potatoes are the best! They’re so simple and delicious — you will be coming back for seconds and thirds. 
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  1. Scalloped Potato Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Scalloped Potatoes Recipe:
  3. HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE:
  4. WHAT TO SERVE WITH scalloped potatoes:
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These scalloped potatoes are a double layer of sliced potatoes, creamy sauce, and cheddar cheese. The best part of this recipe is the melted cheese, which is both cooked inside the dish and baked on top!

From family dinners to holidays and potlucks, these scalloped potatoes are always welcome. Our favorite way to serve them is at dinner time with The Best Meatloaf and Cheese Biscuits.

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Scalloped Potato Ingredients

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You will need the following:

  • 8 cups potatoes (about 3 pounds) peeled and sliced really thin
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ tablespoon fresh thyme
  • Fresh thyme for garnish  

PRO TIP: Yukon or russet potatoes are traditionally used to make scalloped potatoes. This is because these types of potatoes hold their shape well when baked with the creamy cheese and milk.

Ingredient Substitutions

HAM: Add 2 cups of cubed, cooked ham to your scalloped potatoes to transform them from side dish to main dish.

TOPPINGS: We love to top this recipe with our favorite potato toppings. Try some or all of the following: green onions, bacon, breadcrumbs or sour cream.

How to Make This Scalloped Potatoes Recipe:

STEP ONE: Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with nonstick spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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STEP TWO: Wash, dry and peel the potatoes. Using a mandolin, slice the potatoes very thin (about ⅛ inch).

STEP THREE: In a large saucepan over medium low heat melt the butter. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onions and garlic are soft.

STEP FOUR: Add the flour and cook 2 minutes longer.

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STEP FIVE: Reduce the heat to low and slowly pour in the chicken broth, whisking as you add it. Next, add the milk and continue whisking. Increase the heat to medium and stir constantly until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

STEP SIX: Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the ½ teaspoon of thyme and the cheddar cheese until the cheese melts.

STEP SEVEN: Place half of the sliced potatoes in a layer in the bottom of the 9 x 13 inch prepared pan. Season with salt and pepper. Pour half of the sauce over the top of the potatoes.

STEP EIGHT: Next, add the second layer of sliced potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the remaining sauce over the top. Sprinkle with fresh thyme. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. This gives them enough time for the potatoes to turn tender and the cheese to melt.

STEP NINE: Remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes. Remove from the oven. Garnish with fresh thyme. Let the dish sit for about 10 – 15 minutes before serving.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE:

Yes, you can freeze scalloped potatoes! Follow the same instructions for the recipe and then store your dish in a freezer safe container. When you’re ready to serve your scalloped potatoes, thaw them in the fridge overnight and then heat them through in the oven just before serving.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH scalloped potatoes:

This recipe goes well with a hearty meat main dish, like Meatloaf or Instant Pot Pot Roast. And for a well-rounded plate, add a side of Simple Sauteed Vegetables or Homemade Caesar Salad.

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These double layer scalloped potatoes are a simple classic that’s full of satisfying sliced potatoes, melted cheese and topped with fresh thyme.

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Scalloped Potatoes

5 from 17 votes
These homemade scalloped potatoes are the best! They’re so simple and delicious — you will be coming back for seconds and thirds.
 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 8 cups potatoes about 3 pounds peeled and sliced really thin
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ tablespoon fresh thyme
  • Fresh thyme for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Wash, dry and peel the potatoes. Using a mandolin slice the potatoes very thin (⅛ inch).
  • In a large saucepan over medium low heat melt the butter. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onions and garlic are soft.
  • Add the flour and cook 2 minutes longer.
  • Reduce the heat to low and slowly pour in the chicken broth whisking the whole time. Next add the milk and continue whisking. Increase the heat to medium and stir constantly until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the ½ teaspoon of thyme and the cheddar cheese until the cheese melts.
  • Place half of the sliced potatoes in a layer in the bottom of the 9x13 prepared pan. Season with salt and pepper. Pour half of the sauce over the top of the potatoes.
  • Next add the second layer of sliced potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the remaining sauce over the top. Sprinkle with fresh thyme.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake another 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Garnish with fresh thyme. Let the dish sit for about 10-15 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 391mg | Potassium: 1341mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 581IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 322mg | Iron: 10mg
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  1. Jeanine says

    5 stars
    Excellent. I omitted the cheddar cheese because we were out, and sprinkled parmesan on top for the last 15 minutes.

    • Sydney says

      Can I make these ahead of time and have it in the fridge overnight? And what would new baking time be? Thanks!

    • Layne Kangas says

      I haven’t tried it with almond flour, so I can’t say for sure how it would turn out or what the measurements would be. Let me know if you try it that way!

  2. Maura Lacelle says

    5 stars
    Made these scalloped potatoes for Easter dinner to go with baked ham. It was delicious and flavourful. Will be making this again. It’s a keeper, thank you..

  3. Lacey says

    5 stars
    Super yummy! I used russet potatoes rather than Yukon as I like the potatoes more on the tender side and used Romano cheese rather than the cheddar. The dish was a huge hit with the crowd!

  4. Julie H says

    5 stars
    Very good recipe. Easier than I thought it was going to be while reading the recipe. I only made 3/4 of a recipe in a round dish. There was more than enough for the 5 of us, with leftovers. It was very creamy & yummy. Thank you to your grandma!

  5. Elizabeth says

    5 stars
    Another hit! This is one of the first recipes for Scalloped Potatoes that doesn’t call for 2 sticks of butter + whole milk + heavy cream + tons of cheese. Normal amounts of butter and milk and only 1 cup of cheese and it was plenty cheesy and delicious. Thank you!

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