Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

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a baking dish with scalloped potatoes

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Creating these Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Over the years we have made these Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes for the holidays (such as Easter and Christmas) and everyone always raves about it!

And, it’s hard not to love them though! Ooey-gooey cheese sauce smothered in layers of thinly sliced potatoes and baked to bubbly perfection. These Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes are a must-make! Without fail, someone is always requesting us to make these!

These potatoes are perfect side dish to pair with Roasted Chicken or Pork Tenderloin.

For this recipe, I made a creamy cheese sauce to layer in between each layer of the potato rounds.

If you have a mandolin, I highly recommend putting it to use for this recipe! It’s perfect for slicing the potatoes evenly.

cheesy scalloped potatoes on a plate

I stocked up on my potatoes at Sprouts. I love shopping their produce department, I mean it’s hard to avoid since it’s in the middle of the store as opposed to the side or perimeter! That’s what I love about Sprouts is that they make it easy to shop for produce and always make it look so beautiful as well.

For Easter this year, hop on over to your local Sprouts to snag some potatoes to make these Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes!

Ingredients you will need

I recommend using Russet potatoes because they hold their shape well and also have a nice creamy texture when baked. Also be sure to peel the potatoes as well because their skin is tough.

ingredients needed to make scalloped potatoes
  • Russet Potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • White Onion
  • Garlic
  • Salt, pepper, nutmeg
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Milk or Heavy Cream
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Chives
step by step photos of how to make scalloped potatoes

How to make Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

This cheesy scalloped potato recipe is made in the oven, made with Russet potatoes and you can use milk or heavy cream in the cheese sauce. These cheesy scalloped potatoes are certainly great for a crowd and makes enough for 8-10 people.

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Peel the potatoes and thinly slice each potato crosswise into rounds about 1/8th inch thick. (A mandolin works wonders for this). Place potatoes in a large bowl and cover with cold water to prevent from browning. (This happens because of oxidation).

Sweat onions: In a medium size sauce pan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Then add in the onion and garlic. Season with salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg . Sweat the onions; Cook for 5-7 minutes or until onions start to glisten and look wet or “sweaty!”

cheesy scalloped potatoes in a casserole dish

Make the cheese sauce: Add in the butter and melt. Then whisk in the flour for about 30 seconds. Start to gradually whisk/stir in the milk or heavy cream. Start with about 1/4 cup and gradually add in until the 2 ½ cups are used up. Whisk constantly so there are no lumps. Lastly stir in 1 cup of the shredded cheese. You’ve made cheese sauce! (Reserve the other cup to top on the potatoes).

Assemble the potatoes: Drain the potatoes from the water and pat dry with paper towels. Using a ladle, ladle a thin layer of cheese sauce down in a 3QT oven safe casserole dish/porcelain baker. Add 2 even layers of potatoes on top. Spoon more sauce over potatoes, and repeat sauce and potatoes until ingredients are gone and casserole dish is mostly full.

Bake! Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese on top. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes with the foil on and 15 minutes with the foil off. Potatoes will be very tender and cheese will be bubbling! Garnish with chopped chives. Let rest for 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

Can you Freeze Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Yes! You can either freeze the potatoes once they’ve been baked, or freezer them without baking.

For freezing the already cooked potatoes: Cool completely. Place in an air-tight freezer friendly container. When ready to eat again, thaw in fridge overnight and place in a baking dish and bake as recipe directs.

To freezer without baking: Prep the recipe and cover with plastic wrap and then tightly wrap in foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, thaw in fridge overnight and bake as recipe directs.

I would also recommend letting the potatoes sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes before you bake since they will be very cold still.

cheesy scalloped potatoes on a plate

Tips for making the best Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

  • When making the creamy cheese sauce, add the milk or heavy cream just a little at a time (about ¼ cup at a time) as you stir the flour and butter to avoid lumps in your sauce.
  • Invest in a mandolin to make even potato coins and it’s a real time saver too!
  • Bake longer than you think. An hour and a half may seem like a long time, but you want tender, melt in your mouth, cheesy potatoes!
  • Make it a head of time! Assemble the cheesy scalloped potatoes the day before. When ready to make, let the potatoes come to room temperature on the counter and then bake as the recipe directs.
  • Add in ham or bacon! Enough said.
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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

These Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes are made from scratch using Russet Potatoes and a creamy cheese sauce. The perfect side dish for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas or any time you're craving comfort food!
4.94 from 16 reviews
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 284kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Russet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk or heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chives for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400° F. And grease the bottom of your oven safe casserole dish.
  • Peel the potatoes and thinly slice each potato crosswise into rounds about 1/8th inch thick. (A mandolin works wonders for this). Place potatoes in a large bowl and cover with cold water to prevent from browning. (This happens because of oxidation).
  •  In a medium size sauce pan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Then add in the onion and garlic. Season with salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg . Sweat the onions; Cook for 5-7 minutes or until onions start to glisten and look wet or “sweaty!”
  • Add in the butter and melt. Then whisk in the flour for about 30 seconds.
  • Start to gradually whisk/stir in the milk or heavy cream. Start with about 1/4 cup and gradually add in until the 2 ½ cups are used up. Whisk constantly so there are no lumps. Lastly stir in 1 cup of the shredded cheese. You’ve made cheese sauce! (Reserve the other cup to top on the potatoes).
  • Drain the potatoes from the water and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Using a ladle, ladle a thin layer of cheese sauce down in a 3QT oven safe casserole dish/porcelain baker. Add 2 even layers of potatoes on top. Spoon more sauce over potatoes, and repeat sauce and potatoes until ingredients are gone and casserole dish is mostly full.
  • Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese on top.Cover loosely with foil and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes with the foil on and15 minutes with the foil off. Potatoes will be very tender and cheese will be bubbling!
  • Garnish with chopped chives. Let rest for 30minutes before slicing and serving.

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Notes

Greasing your pan with softened butter or a non-stick spray can help prevent bottom layer form browning or burning. 
It’s up for debate which to layer down first: cheese sauce or potatoes. This recipe layers cheese sauce first (may slightly burn), or potatoes down first you run the risk of them sticking to the pan and making it more challenging to clean up. Main takeaway: b
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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 728mg | Potassium: 605mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 426IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 317mg | Iron: 2mg

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Laura Kelly
5 months ago

I made this for Christmas dinner and everyone loved it! I made a double batch, using Trader Joes White Sharp Chedder, regular orange chedder on the top. Everyone had seconds. People are still asking me to make this again. This will be a standard around here from now on. So sorry, I was too busy cooking to think if photos!

Mark
1 year ago

Great recipe, they were delicious, everyone loved them. One slight deviation from your recipe was that the cheese sauce needed more milk than stated to make it the right consistency, but just kept adding until it was right. Will be making again!

Carole
1 year ago

Just made this for Easter dinner and it was delicious! It was a little soupy, I may not have dried the potatoes enough. And I think I’ll use a little less salt, either reducing the salt added, or by using unsalted butter. But my father-in-law raved about it!

Sherrie
1 year ago

Best scalloped potato recipe ever!! My whole family loves it and suffice it to say…..I am not the world’s best cook. My hubby wants me to make this all the time, lol.

Holly
1 year ago

Hi! This was so good. I had to make some changes. I can’t have sharp cheese, went for mild. I might add a touch more salt next time. I didn’t have onions so I use dry mined onions. No nutmeg either. I used cinnamon same amount. I forgot to put foil on it, but we had a nice crispy top.

Sisley White
2 years ago

Cheesy potatoes always have my vote. There were delicious.

Julia
2 years ago

We love scalloped potatoes and the more cheese they have the better 🙂 Your recipe looks delicious!

Erika
2 years ago

I love the layers on this dish. You can’t go wrong with cheesy potatoes either!

kim
2 years ago

Love this recipe! So easy with such great flavor! Will definitely be making again!

Cookilicious
2 years ago

OMG that looks amazing. Love anything with potatoes..

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