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This easy scalloped potatoes recipe makes the best potato side dish! Tender slices of potatoes in an easy creamy sauce is a classic favorite!

Scalloped potatoes are an easy, classic favorite potato side dish that is great for a Sunday supper, holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! It makes the perfect side dish for serving a group. Except for mashed potatoes, it is hard to think of a more comforting potato side dish. Even though it seems so elaborate and elegant, it really couldn’t be simpler to make!

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Easy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Originating from England, it is a recipe for uniformly and thinly sliced potatoes arranged in layers and baked in a creamy sauce. If you add the optional cheeses listed in my recipe, you have technically transformed your scalloped potatoes into Potatoes Au Gratin as traditional scalloped potatoes do not include cheese.

Scalloped Potatoes Ingredients

For this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Photograph of ingredients used to make scalloped potatoes recipe.
  • Potatoes: I prefer Russet potatoes or Yukon Gold potatoes that have been peeled and sliced to about 1/8-inch thick.
  • Butter: you can use your preference of salted or unsalted butter in this recipe.
  • Flour: I use all-purpose flour in this recipe to make the signature creamy sauce for the potatoes.
  • Milk or Heavy Cream: you’ll want to use whole milk or heavy cream in this recipe for the proper consistency in the sauce.
  • Salt: if you are using salted butter, you can reduce the amount of salt called for in the recipe to ¼ teaspoon.
  • Ground Black Pepper: – I love to use black pepper, but for a traditional appearance of scalloped potatoes, white pepper works beautifully.
  • Cayenne Pepper: I love the addition of cayenne pepper in this potato recipe. You can omit it from the recipe if you prefer.
  • Optional Ingredients: onion, garlic, fresh thyme, cheeses

How to Make Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Prep. To make my scalloped potatoes, begin by preheating your oven to 350º F. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Photo of sliced potatoes in a glass bowl filled with water.

Prepare the Potatoes. Peel your potatoes and then slice them into uniform 1/8-inch thick slices. You can use a food processor with the slicing attachment, a chef’s knife, or even a mandoline.

As you slice your potatoes, place the slices into a large bowl of cold water to keep them from turning brown while making your cream sauce.

When your cream sauce is ready, drain the potato slices from the cold water and layer them in the baking dish.

Two images showing how to make cream sauce for scalloped potatoes.
Photo of sliced potatoes in a white baking dish with cream sauce being spread over the top with a wooden spoon.

Make Your Cream Sauce. The cream sauce is so easy to make. You are making a roux, a creamy sauce from butter and flour. To this roux, you are adding your milk or cream and seasonings.

To make the sauce, melt the butter in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until well-combined, then whisk in milk, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and any optional ingredients for additional flavors.

Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to whisk until the sauce begins to bubble slightly around the edges of the saucepan and has thickened slightly.

Remove from the heat and pour over the sliced potatoes in the casserole dish.

Photo of baked scalloped potatoes in a white baking dish.

Bake. Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the top is golden and the potatoes are fork-tender, an additional 45 minutes. For an even more golden top, you can broil it for 3 to 5 minutes.

Cool. Remove the Scalloped Potatoes from the oven and allow them to cool for about 15 minutes. This allows the cream sauce to thicken and the potatoes to set for easier serving. Be sure to allow the potatoes to rest. Otherwise, the cream sauce can be too thick and cause the potatoes to not be as easy to serve.

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Au Gratin Potatoes

You may be wondering what is the difference between au gratin potatoes and scalloped potatoes. While traditional Scalloped Potatoes do not include cheese, we love to add it from time to time. If you add cheese, you’ve made au gratin potatoes. Just stir your cheese into the cream sauce once you reduce the heat to a simmer.

I recommend using freshly shredded Monterrey Jack, Gruyere, Fontina, Pepper Jack, or Cheddar Cheese, etc., instead of packaged pre-shredded cheeses. They are usually coated with an ingredient to keep the cheese from sticking together in the packaging. This coating causes the cheese not to melt as well, in my opinion.

How to Make Ahead, Store, and Freeze Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

To Make Ahead: Bake the scalloped potatoes as directed and allow them to cool. Cover tightly with foil and refrigerate for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, cover with foil and bake at 350º F until heated throughout about 30 minutes.

To Store: Cover cooled scalloped potatoes tightly with foil and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat in 350º F oven until heated throughout, about 30 minutes.

To Freeze as Meal Prep: If you prepare them for your meal prep, I recommend cooking the first 45 minutes covered with foil. Allow to cool completely, wrap tightly, and freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, you’ll want to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then bake until fork tender. This may take longer than 45 minutes since the original recipe had a hot cream sauce that the thawed-from-frozen dish does not.

To Freeze Leftovers. Yes, you can freeze any leftover scalloped potatoes. For this, portion the fully cooked leftover recipe into freezer-safe containers. Wrap well and freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, remove from the freezer and thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then, remove the foil and cover it with a microwave-safe cover to reheat in the microwave, or leave the foil to reheat in the oven. Then reheat until warmed throughout.

Reheating Tip!

Note: I occasionally sprinkle the leftover recipe with a bit of water before I reheat. This produces steam as the casserole is reheated, which prevents the cream sauce from breaking and adds moisture.

What Can I Make To Serve with Scalloped Potatoes?

These potatoes are always a favorite side dish on our holiday table, served with Roasted Turkey or Ham. But you don’t have to wait for a special event to serve these. This recipe is simple and can even be made ahead, so enjoy them any time! Enjoy them with Skillet Rib Eye Steaks, Baked Chicken, or a meatless meal alongside green beans or a House Salad.

More Favorite Potato Recipes

Potatoes are so versatile, readily available, and most of all delicious! Here are a few more favorite potato recipes to try:

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Grandmother’s Potato Soup

Sweet Potato Casserole

Potato Salad

Sweet Potato Pie

Here’s my Scalloped Potatoes recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

4.99 from 51 votes

Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

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Scalloped Potatoes Recipe - This easy scalloped potatoes recipe is so creamy, cheesy, and out of this world delicious! // addapinch.com
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 10
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
This easy scalloped potatoes recipe makes the best potato side dish! Tender slices of potatoes in an easy creamy sauce is a classic favorite!

Ingredients  

  • 4 large Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes sliced thinly to 1/8-inch thick
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk or heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black or white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Optional Ingredients

  • 1 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Place potato slices in a bowl of cold water to keep from turning brown while making cream sauce.

Make Cream Sauce

  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Whisk in flour until well-combined, then whisk in milk, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper. Reduce heat to simmer and continue to whisk until sauce bubbles slightly around the edges of the saucepan and has thickened slightly.
  • If you are adding cheese (making Potatoes Au Gratin), stir them in at this point.

Make Casserole

  • Drain cold water from the potato slices and arrange the slices in the 9×13 casserole dish. Pour cream sauce over potato slices and cover the casserole dish with foil.

Cook

  • Bake covered for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the top is golden brown and the potatoes are fork-tender. If additional browning is desired, you may broil the casserole for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken for easier serving. Serve warm.

Notes

How to Make Ahead, Store, and Freeze Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

To Make Ahead: Bake the scalloped potatoes as directed and allow them to cool. Cover tightly with foil and refrigerate for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, cover with foil and bake at 350º F until heated throughout about 30 minutes.
To Store: Cover cooled scalloped potatoes tightly with foil and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat in 350º F oven until heated throughout, about 30 minutes.
To Freeze as Meal Prep: If you prepare them for your meal prep, I recommend cooking the first 45 minutes covered with foil. Allow to cool completely, wrap tightly, and freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, you’ll want to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then bake until fork tender. This may take longer than 45 minutes since the original recipe had a hot cream sauce that the thawed-from-frozen dish does not.
To Freeze Leftovers. Yes, you can freeze any leftover scalloped potatoes. For this, portion the fully cooked leftover recipe into freezer-safe containers. Wrap well and freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, remove from the freezer and thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then, remove the foil and cover it with a microwave-safe cover to reheat in the microwave, or leave the foil to reheat in the oven. Then reheat until warmed throughout.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 680mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 231IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg

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From the Add a Pinch recipe archives, originally published 2013. 

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  1. 5 stars
    These are wonderful! so creamy and the Montery Jack cheese added makes them have such a rich cheesy taste. Our new family favorite

  2. I made a huge batch of these for #50 people so I had to use two big pans. I cooked them for 1 1/2 hours. I added some garlic powder to the sauce and also layered some onions in them and topped them with chives. They were a huge hit at the party I brought them too!

    1. Peggy, thanks for letting us know how you made these for that large crowd. I’m so glad they were such a hit.