This Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe is creamy, cheesy, garlicky and the perfect potato side dish to go with any meal!
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Layers of thinly sliced potatoes, cheese and a creamy sauce filled with garlic and thyme are baked until bubbly and then broiled for a nice crispy top.
- Start by thinly slicing your potatoes. I love to use my Mandoline Slicer for an even slice, plus it takes a fraction of the time slicing by hand takes.
- Melt some butter in a skillet and sauté the onions and garlic until tender and fragrant.
- Whisk in some flour to form a roux, then whisk in milk and chicken broth. Season with fresh thyme, salt and pepper.
What Is The Difference Between Au Gratin And Scalloped Potatoes?
It seems that over the years, the Scalloped Potato and Au Gratin Potato dish have become almost identical in nature with just a few slight variances.
- Scalloped Potatoes is a thinly sliced potato, primarily cooked in a cream sauce, sometimes contains cheese and is always topped with a bread crumb topping.
- Au Gratin Potatoes is a thinly sliced potato, sometimes cooked in a cream sauce, always contains cheese and sometimes has a bread crumb topping.
Since my recipe contains thinly sliced potatoes, a cream sauce (made lighter by using milk instead of cream), cheese (hello!) but does not have a bread crumb topping, I’m declaring this recipe to be Scalloped in nature. At the end of baking, we will remove the foil and broil the potatoes, giving it that crisp topping that you’ll typically find in a scalloped dish.
What Type of Potato for Scalloped Potatoes?
You could easily use a baking potato for this recipe, but my all time favorite are the Yukon Golds.
- The skins on the Yukon Gold potatoes are so thin, that there is no need for peeling, meaning we can skip that arduous task and go right to slicing.
- Gold potatoes also have a creamy, soft texture to them, making them perfect for baking in the cream mixture.
Scalloped Potato Recipe Tips and FAQ:
- Can I Slice Potatoes The Day Before? – You can definitely slice the potatoes a day ahead of time, but you’ll want to place the sliced potatoes in a bag or container and cover with cold water to prevent too much browning. I would only do this up to the day before.
- Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time? – YES! Simply bake the Scalloped Potatoes as directed in the recipe below, let cool completely, cover with foil and refrigerate up to 3 days.
- How Long Does It Take To Reheat Scalloped Potatoes? To reheat, place in a 350 degree F oven, covered, for 30 minutes or until heated through.
- Can I Use Different Cheeses? You betcha! I love the flavor of sharp cheddar and parmesan cheese, but you can use flavorful, melty cheeses like mozzarella, gouda, fontina or gruyere.
- Can I Use Different Seasonings? Of course! I love the fresh flavor of thyme, but a parsley, cilantro or even rosemary would work great in these potatoes. If you’re not into the green herbs, feel free to leave it out!
- Can I Freeze Scalloped Potatoes? Unfortunately, no. I do not think this recipe would work well being frozen. The cream sauce and potatoes would not have the best texture once baked after frozen.
This is the BEST Scalloped Potatoes recipe! Super creamy, tender potatoes, cheesy layers and topping!
What To Serve With Scalloped Potatoes?
You really can’t go wrong with these cheesy potatoes! Serve them with any of these delicious main dishes for a comfort meal that’ll blow you away.
- Garlic Mushroom Steaks
- Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
- Classic Meatloaf (recipe coming soon)
- Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs
- Last Minute Chicken Recipe
More Easy Potato Recipes:
Looking for more recipe inspiration for those taters? Here are some more delicious favorites-
- Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes – cheesy goodness that’s ready in a flash!
- How To Bake the PERFECT Potato – crispy skins and fluffy insides!
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – creamy goodness that’s ready in minutes!
- Parmesan Roasted Potatoes – crispy outsides and creamy insides, with a parmesan coating!
I know you’re going to love this Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe!
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
- 3 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes, washed and sliced about 1/4" thick
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup onion, sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 cups milk, 2% preferred
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme, minced
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9" x 13" with non-stick spray and add half of the sliced potatoes, season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
- In a large skillet, melt the butter and cook the onion and garlic until onions are tender and garlic is fragrant, about 3 to 5 minutes. Whisk in the flour until thick, then gradually whisk in the milk and chicken broth. Keep whisking until mixture is smooth and creamy. Season with salt, pepper and fresh thyme.
- Top the sliced potatoes with half of the cream mixture, then top with half of the sharp cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese. Repeat the layers with more potatoes, the rest of the cream mixture and the rest of the shredded cheeses.
- Cover tightly with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 25 minutes. Turn the top broiler on for the last 3 to 5 minutes to brown the top if desired.
- Let the potatoes sit for at least 5 minutes to let the sauce thicken up before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
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