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The Best Scalloped Potatoes are easier to make than you might think! This scalloped potato recipe has a classic creamy sauce and is topped off with extra cheese for cheesy scalloped potatoes that are total comfort food. 

Scalloped Potatoes served up on a stack of white plates.

Scalloped potatoes may seem complicated and time consuming, but nothing could be further from the truth. Scalloped potatoes are simple to make, but are so delicious and satisfying. These potatoes are savory, cheesy and hearty. They make a great side dish for almost any dinner, and are so tasty, you might even want to make them to eat on their own!

You will start with peeled and thinly sliced potatoes. Then, you will add the cream, Parmesan cheese and spices. Top that with shredded cheddar cheese, and pop them in the oven for about an hour. Depending on how thick or thin you cut your potatoes, you might need to adjust your baking time. Thicker slices may need 15-30 additional minutes and thinner slices may be done sooner. If you like a little browning on the cheese topping, you can let them broil for the last 4-5 minutes of bake time.

Bird's eye view Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes in a white baking dish.
  • What is the best way to slice potatoes thin?

    The easiest and most uniform way to slice potatoes is with a mandoline. If you don’t have one, you can use a slicing blade attachment on a food processor. If you don’t have either of those tools, you can always use a regular chef’s knife. Slice your potatoes in half, lengthwise, to create a flat, stable surface for cutting. Then simply use your knife (the sharper the better) to cut the potatoes as thinly as you can.

  • Which variety of potatoes should I use?

    The best scalloped potatoes are made with Russet potatoes. You can also use a red potato or a yukon gold potato, but the starch content is different for these and will produce a slightly different result. They are also a little bit harder to work with since they are smaller than Russet potatoes.

  • Will other cheeses work with scalloped potatoes?

    Yes. Although we prefer the cheese to be a little more sharp, as it gives the dish more flavor, you can swap out the Parmesan for a milder cheese if you prefer. The cream in this recipe balances the Parmesan really nicely.

  • Make Ahead Instructions

    Need to make your scalloped potatoes ahead of time? No problem! Slice your potatoes and combine them with your other ingredients and place into your prepared baking pan as directed in the recipe. Instead of baking, cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When ready to bake, remove the covering and give the potatoes a quick toss. Top with shredded cheddar cheese (if using) and bake as directed in the recipe. View slow cooker instructions here: https://thestayathomechef.com/slow-cooker-scalloped-potatoes/

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PRO TIP: The baking time on scalloped potatoes ultimately depends on how thinly you were able to slice your potatoes. The estimate of 1 hour provided in the recipe is only an estimate. If you cut your potatoes on the thicker side, they may take 15-30 minutes longer. If you cut your potatoes paper thin, your casserole may be done after only 40 minutes. Please adjust the cooking time accordingly.

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Bird's eye view Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes in a white baking dish.
The Best Scalloped Potatoes are easier to make than you might think! This scalloped potato recipe has a classic creamy sauce and is topped off with extra cheese for cheesy scalloped potatoes that are total comfort food.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 4 large russet potatoes peeled
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x9 or 2-quart baking dish.
  • Use a mandoline, sharp knife, or food processor to thinly slice your potatoes. Transfer all of the slices into a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour heavy cream over the potatoes and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Add in garlic, salt, nutmeg, and pepper. Toss together until cheese and seasonings are evenly dispersed.
  • Spread out into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour, until potatoes are tender. Serve hot.
Notes
PRO TIP: The baking time on scalloped potatoes ultimately depends on how thinly you were able to slice your potatoes. The estimate of 1 hour provided in the recipe is only an estimate. If you cut your potatoes on the thicker side, they may take 15-30 minutes longer. If you cut your potatoes paper thin, your casserole may be done after only 40 minutes. Please adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 402mg | Potassium: 641mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 8.7mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 1.4mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Scalloped Potatoes

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Jane Warren

Can you bake them ahead of time and reheat?

Pat

5 stars
My daughter loved these potatoes. She wants me to substitute holiday potatoes for these potatoes. I didn’t have cream so I took another’s suggestion and added 1 tbsp of butter with my regular milk. I had a chunk of Colby jack cheese that I was afraid would go bad so I used that for on top. Delicious!!

Cheryl Ondrias

5 stars
This has become a staple recipe in our home. Thanks!

Myra J

Do you bake covered ?

I baked uncovered.

Myra

Tried this recipe and it was fantastic! Thank you!

Theresa Carpenter

My Nephew asks for these everytime he comes to visit. They are the best cheesy potatoes ever!!!

Stephanie Williams

5 stars
Love, Love, Love these!!! My family is requesting them again for Thanksgiving. I didn’t put the nutmeg in them tho. That wouldn’t go over well with my family.

Chauncey

4 stars
In mexico there are no russet, so i used qhige and used goat cheese and colby. My other addition was carmelized onions. Thanks

Kathi

5 stars
Great recipe and I have used it many times but with my busy schedule I bake these in the microwave in 30 minutes. They come out fantastic.

Jana

These were delicious & “discerning taste family” loved them!
(Had to use container Parmesan cheese?‍♀️) but sprinkled tops with the sharp cheddar and jack cheese on one and pepper jack and sharp on other. Both dishes were gobbled up! Also, used gold potatoes & thinly sliced myself-need a food processor! Great recipe! Made your cod fish with the butter topping last night and turned out awesome, too! Thx!

Michelle Jones

Can I use gruyere cheese instead of cheddar?

Cindy R

5 stars
Delicious! … served with Garlic Rosemary Tenderloin Roast and grilled Brussels Sprouts

Rachel

Can I use red potatoes instead? Will this change anything? Newbie to potatoes here 🙂

5 stars
I made the Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and they were delicious! Very quick and easy! Thanks so much for the video! th

Colleen

Can you make ahead(day before) and bake the day of the dinner?

Jasmine

Is there anyway to substitute the heavy cream for milk?

TAMMY

CAN YOU LEAVE OUT THE GARLIC

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