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Scalloped Potatoes

Tender Yukon Gold potatoes are layered with cheddar cheese and diced onions to make a cheesy, cozy, and comfy Scalloped Potatoes casserole, just like grandma used to make.

spoon scooping out scalloped potatoes from a white casserole dish

An Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potato Recipe

What do you think of when you think โ€œscalloped potatoesโ€? I think of special occasions, like Christmas and Easter! But, the deliciousness that is scalloped potatoes really should be on the table more often, donโ€™t you think?

If youโ€™re not familiar, scalloped potatoes are thinly sliced whole potatoes layered with cheese and onions, and cooked in a casserole dish until tender. Most recipes call for milk as well, so the whole dish is creamy and saucy.

I know, totally drooling over here, too. ๐Ÿคค

So letโ€™s give those spuds some love and scallop them, not just for the holidays, but to celebrate the everyday, now and then! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Recipe Ingredients

Nothing artificial here! This recipe is the real deal: real milk, real potatoes, and real cheese. Yum.

  • Potatoes: I recommend using Yukon Gold potatoes, but Russet potatoes are also a good option.
  • Onion: Youโ€™ll need 1 small onion. I typically use yellow onion, but you can also use white or sweet onions.
  • Butter: Have ready 3 tablespoons of butter, cubed, plus more to grease the baking dish.
  • All Purpose Flour: To thicken the sauce, youโ€™ll need 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour.
  • Milk: You can use any kind of milk here.ย 
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cheese: I usually go with regular cheddar, but feel free to substitute Gruyere, Colby, or any other cheese you enjoy.
  • Fresh Parsley: For garnish.
Clockwise from the top: diced onion, all-purpose flour, cubed butter, evaporated milk, shredded cheddar cheese, whole washed potatoes.

How to Make Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes from Scratch

  1. Prep the Baking Dish, Potatoes, and Onion. Lightly grease a medium 9-inch baking dish with butter. Peel the Yukon Gold potatoes, and thinly slice them with a sharp knife or mandolin. You want them to be roughly ยผ-inch thick. Peel and finely dice the onion and set aside.
  2. Layer the Potatoes, Onions, Flour, Seasonings, Butter, and Cheese. Arrange half of the sliced potatoes at the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with half of the flour, half the salt and pepper, half the shredded cheddar cheese, and half of the onion. Dot with half the butter. Repeat these layers one more time.ย 
  3. Add the Milk. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk until warm to the touch. Pour the milk over the prepared potatoes. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil, and bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until the potatoes are hot and bubbly. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes, until the cheese is lightly browned.
  4. Rest and Serve. Let the dish rest for roughly 5 minutes, to allow the sauce to thicken, and then serve it with your favorite main dish.ย 

Tips for Success

Want to make this amazing side dish? Awesome! But, before you start, do check out my easy tips below!

  • Double Up! This recipe makes one medium-sized casserole, so if youโ€™re feeding a crowd, I recommend doubling the recipe.
  • Add Veggies: Up the nutrition factor in this recipe by layering in some extra veggies. Chopped frozen spinach, with the moisture wrung out of it, is a great option!
  • Crunchy Fried Onions: An easy way to make this recipe even more appealing is to sprinkle French fried onions over the top before you brown it! Flavor for days. ๐Ÿฝ
Evaporated milk is poured into a casserole dish filled with layers of potatoes, cheese, flour, salt and pepper, and cubed butter.

Serving Suggestions

Scalloped potatoes make a wonderful meatless entree for a light meal, but theyโ€™re usually served alongside a main course. Here are some of my favorites!

  • Ham: Cheesy scalloped potatoes are the perfect pairing with a lovely sliced ham. This recipe for Christmas Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze is a great option, even year-round!
  • Pork Chops: Juicy Grilled Pork Chops are a super savory main course, and you can make them on an outdoor grill or on a grill pan for maximum convenience and flavor.
  • Fried Chicken: Fried chicken is just one of those foods that makes people smile. My family loves it when I make this Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and I think it goes perfectly with the oniony, cheesy goodness of a scalloped potato casserole. 

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • To store leftovers, place in airtight containers and refrigerate. Scalloped potatoes will keep for 3 to 4 days, if stored properly.
  • To reheat, bake at 350หšF until hot and bubbly all the way through.ย 
scalloped potatoes in a white casserole dish with a spoon inside the dish

Can I Freeze Scalloped Potatoes?

  • Yes, you can. Cool the cooked scalloped potatoes, and pack into airtight freezer containers.
  • Freeze for up to two weeks.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
scalloped potatoes in a white casserole dish with a spoon inside the dish
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5 from 5 votes

Scalloped Potatoes

Tender potatoes are layered with cheddar cheese and diced onions to make a cheesy Scalloped Potatoes casserole, just like grandma used to make.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: scalloped poatoes recipe, scalloped potatoes
Servings: 8
Calories: 351kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, thinly sliced into about ยผ-inch thick slices
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced or sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut up into smaller cubes, plus more to grease the baking dish
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • ยฝ teaspoon sea salt
  • ยผ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 to 1ยฝ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  • Lightly grease a 9-inch baking dish with butter.
  • Peel the Yukon Gold potatoes and thinly slice them with a sharp knife or mandolin. You want them to be roughly ยผ-inch thick.
  • Peel and finely dice the onion and set aside.
  • Arrange half of the sliced potatoes at the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with half flour, half the salt and pepper, half the shredded cheddar cheese, and half of the onion. Dot with half of the butter.
    Repeat these layers one more time.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat the milk until warm to the touch.
    Pour the milk over the prepared potatoes.
  • Cover the baking dish tightly with foil, and bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until the potatoes are hot and bubbly.
    Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes, until the cheese is lightly browned.
  • Let the dish rest for 5 minutes, to allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve with your favorite main dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 1081mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 447IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 254mg | Iron: 2mg

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10 Comments

  • Erik
    August 30, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    5 stars
    I totally love scalloped potatoes, so this was awesome! Thanks for the storing tips, too.

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      August 31, 2021 at 9:56 am

      That’s great! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • Krystle
    August 30, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    5 stars
    Just like Grandma used to make, super easy and delicious.

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      August 31, 2021 at 9:55 am

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • Allyson Zea
    August 31, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    5 stars
    This was out of this world delicious! Loved the flavors!!!!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 1, 2021 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you so much! I am very happy you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • Catalina
    August 31, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    5 stars
    It has beed a while since I’ve made potatoes for dinner. My family will love this dish!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 1, 2021 at 12:56 pm

      I hope you and your family will enjoy them! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • Beth
    August 31, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    5 stars
    Oh wow! We havenโ€™t had potatoes for dinner in awhile, so excited to make this to go with our dinner tonight! Looks so flavorful and very delicious!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 1, 2021 at 12:56 pm

      I hope everyone will enjoy it! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply

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