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

Scalloped Potatoes served up on a stack of white plates.

As kids, we didn’t realize scalloped potatoes could be made from actual potatoes. We thought these just came from a box! Boy, were we wrong! While scalloped potatoes may seem complicated and time consuming, making you want to reach for the store-bought variety, nothing could be further from the truth. Scalloped potatoes are simple to make, and 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!

Slicing Potatoes for Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes:

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.

Potato Varieties:

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

Cheese Options: 

While we tend to prefer a sharp cheese, giving the dish more flavor, you can instead swap out the Parmesan for a milder cheese if you prefer. The cream in this recipe balances the Parmesan really nicely.

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.

Bird's eye view Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes in a white baking dish.

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. 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.

Storage and Reheating Instructions: 

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat a large portion, do so in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, until warmed through. To reheat a single serving, place in the microwave for 30 second increments until warmed through. 

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