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Cheesy 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!

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These potatoes are perfect side dish to pair with a Glazed ham or a Roast Chicken.

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.

scalloped potatoes in a casserole dish garnished with chives.

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

For the ingredient measurements and entire recipe, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the blog post where the recipe card is located.

ingredients to make scalloped potatoes.
  • Russet Potatoes: 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.
  • Olive Oil
  • White Onion
  • Garlic
  • Salt, pepper, nutmeg
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Milk or Heavy Cream
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Fresh Chives
cheesy potatoes on a white plate.

How to make Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

For the full recipe instructions, scroll down to the bottom of the blog post to the recipe card.

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.

sliced potatoes in a large glass bowl with water.
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Peel the potatoes and thinly slice each potato crosswise into rounds about 1/8th inch thick.
  3. Keep the potatoes in a bowl of water to prevent them from browning.
  4. Saute the onions
  5. Make the cheese sauce
  6. Assemble the potatoes and sauce in a casserole dish.
  7. Bake!
step by step photos of making a cheese sauce for potatoes.
potatoes being layered with cheese sauce in a casserole dish.
step by step photos of layering potatoes and cheese in a casserole dish.

scalloped potatoes with cheddar cheese on top garnished wish chives.

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.

scalloped potatoes in a casserole dish garnished with chives on top.

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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4.85 from 20 reviews

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 8 people
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!

Ingredients

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, diced small
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, unsalted
  • 4 Tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk or heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • fresh chives for garnish

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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400° F. Grease the bottom an oven safe ceramic or glass casserole dish with softened butter. (Mine is 3QT in size but a standard 9×13 will work too).
  • Wash and 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 sized sauce pan over medium heat, heat the 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 the onions start to glisten and look wet or “sweaty!”
  • Add in the butter and melt, stirring to combine with the onions. Then whisk in the flour for about 30 seconds.
  • Gradually whisk in the milk or heavy cream. Start with about 1/4 cup and gradually add in until the entire 2 ½ cups are used up. Whisk constantly so there are no lumps. Allow to simmer so the sauce thickens. Lastly stir in 1 cup of the shredded cheese. You’ve made cheese sauce! (Reserve the other cup of cheese to top on the potatoes).
  • Drain the potatoes from the water and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Ladle or pour a thin layer of cheese sauce down into the prepared casserole dish. Add 2 even layers of potatoes on top. Spoon more sauce over potatoes, and repeat sauce and potatoes until ingredients are gone.
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of cheese on top. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes with the foil on and then 15 minutes with the foil off. (Keep an eye on the potatoes so they don't burn on top). The potatoes will be very tender and cheese will be bubbling!
  • Garnish with chopped chives. Let rest for ~30 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Greasing the casserole dish 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 the cheese sauce first, which sometimes can lightly burn. OR you can layer the potatoes down first but sometimes you run the risk of them sticking to the pan and making it more challenging to clean up. Main takeaway: b

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 284kcal (14%), Carbohydrates: 31g (10%), Protein: 13g (26%), Fat: 13g (20%), Saturated Fat: 8g (50%), Cholesterol: 38mg (13%), Sodium: 728mg (32%), Potassium: 605mg (17%), Fiber: 2g (8%), Sugar: 5g (6%), Vitamin A: 426IU (9%), Vitamin C: 7mg (8%), Calcium: 317mg (32%), Iron: 2mg (11%)
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Judy

I assembled this recipe today to take for a potluck. It came together beautifully but maybe I put it in the wrong sized pan?? My 9×13 only had two layers of potato’s I think I must have done something wrong. If I add another layer of potatoes, I’m out of sauce to cover them. ??

Laura Kelly

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

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

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

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

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

Cheesy potatoes always have my vote. There were delicious.

Julia

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

Erika

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

kim

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