Scalloped potatoes from scratch are easier than you think! A comfort food classic, these easy scalloped potatoes with cream have lots of herbs, spices, garlic and cheese. They’re super delicious and make for a fabulous vegetable side dish the whole family will love.
Whenever I think of scalloped potatoes, I always think of special occasions. It’s definitely not your average side dish. Though this recipe takes about an hour to bake, the prep time and ingredients are pretty simple.
Hubby purchased a bag of veggies from a co-worker who was selling them as a fundraiser for their kid’s sports team.
The bag was loaded with lots of potatoes, a lot more than what hubby and I would normally eat. They were local potatoes, so I knew that I had to make good use of ’em so cheesy scalloped potatoes it was!
Growing up, the boxed scalloped potatoes were pretty popular in our home. They were delicious, of course, but nothing beats scalloped potatoes from scratch. So it’s homemade all the way these days!
Ingredients for Scalloped Potatoes With Cream
- Russet potatoes
- Cheddar cheese
- Aromatics, like onion and garlic
- Fresh herbs
How to Make Them
Full details on how to make scalloped potatoes are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
- Layer half of the potatoes in a greased casserole dish.
- Top with half of the sauce.
- Repeat with remaining potatoes
- Then, repeat with remaining sauce.
- Top with shredded cheese.
- Bake. You can garnish with thyme after, if you like.
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Best Potatoes to Use
You want to go with something that is on the starchier side of things so it will lend to a lovely, creamy sauce. And who doesn’t love creamy scalloped potatoes?!)
I love to use russets. Yukon gold would work great too!
How to Reheat
Leftover scalloped potatoes reheat well.
I like to add a little water or stock to the casserole dish to add moisture (about ¼ cup).
Simply place casserole dish in oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes or until heated through.
More Recipe Tips
Slice the potatoes thinly and about the same size so they cook through equally. If you have a mandolin, (carefully) use that. Otherwise, slice by hand the best you can. I like roughly ⅛ to ¼ inch thick.
Peeling the potatoes isn’t necessary, though I did. If you decide not to peel, just ensure that they are washed and scrubbed clean before cutting.
If using dried herbs, use ⅓ the amount as fresh. For these scallop potatoes, I used 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme. If using dried, use 1 teaspoon.
Want to lighten things up a little? Use half-and-half instead of heavy cream and cut back the cheddar cheese on top to 1 cup instead of 1.5 cups.
Cheddar cheese was used in this easy cheesy scalloped potatoes recipe. Opt for a young cheddar over an aged. It has more moisture and melts better.
More Yummy Vegetable Side Dishes
- Harvest Wild Rice Salad
- Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe
- Apple & Gouda Mixed Green Salad
- Skillet Potatoes
- Garlic Roasted Rainbow Carrots from of A Fit Cookie
- or you may like these holiday side dishes
Hope you love these homemade scalloped potatoes as much as we do! Hubby happens to think they’re the best scalloped potatoes.
If you make these scalloped potatoes with cream, be sure to leave a comment below. Love to know how you enjoyed!
Easy Scalloped Potatoes with Cream
- 2.5 pounds potatoes , peeled and cut into thin slices, approximately ⅛ to ¼-inch thick (about 7 to 8 cups)
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 yellow onion , peeled and minced
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk (I used 2% milk fat)
- ½ cup heavy cream (also known as 'whipping cream')
- 10 ounces shredded cheddar cheese , divided (2.5 cups)
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme (plus more for garnish)
- ½ tablespoon minced summer savoury (optional)
- 1.5 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- cooking spray (or butter, to grease casserole dish)
- Melt butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Also, preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for later.
- Add onion to melted butter and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, stir, and cook 1 minute.
- Add flour and cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring to form a paste. Whisk in milk and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
- Add heavy cream, stirring occasionally, and cook until it just starts to lightly bubble. Off heat, stir in 1 cup of cheese, thyme, summer savoury (if using), salt, black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper and nutmeg.
- Grease a 9-inch x 13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray or butter. Spread half of the sliced potatoes in the dish. Pour over half of the sauce mixture. Repeat with remaining potatoes and sauce. Top with remaining 1.5 cups of cheese.
- Cover with aluminum foil (ensuring that the foil doesn't touch the cheese) and bake for 30 minutes. Carefully remove foil and bake an additional 30 minutes until bubbly and cheese is golden. You can garnish (if desired) with a little more thyme. Enjoy!
- Slice the potatoes thinly and about the same size so they cook through equally. If you have a mandolin, (carefully) use that. Otherwise, slice by hand the best you can. I like roughly ⅛ to ¼ inch thick.
- Peeling the potatoes isn’t necessary, though I did. If you decide not to peel, just ensure that they are washed and scrubbed clean before cutting.
- If using dried herbs, use ⅓ the amount as fresh. For these scallop potatoes, I used 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme. If using dried, use 1 teaspoon.
- Cheddar cheese was used in this easy cheesy scalloped potatoes recipe. Opt for a young cheddar over an aged. It has more moisture and melts better.
Nutrition (ESTIMATE ONLY)
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