Scalloped Potatoes are thinly sliced potatoes cooked in a cheesy sauce until tender and delicious.

Scalloped Potatoes in a casserole dish

How To Make Scalloped Potatoes? 

Scalloped potatoes are one of the easiest and tastiest classic comfort foods around, perfect for Sunday dinner or special events like Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. And if you’re craving comfort food from home but don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen,  this dish is the ideal choice!

Not only will they taste great, but they’ll look great on the plate, too! There are many versions of this recipe out there, and they all contain the same ingredients, but how you prepare the ingredients into a delicious dish is what really counts!

scalloped potatoes in a casserole dish being lifted in a spoon

This guide will teach you the best way to make Scalloped Potatoes and give you tips and tricks on getting the best results possible. There’s no need to visit overpriced restaurants that serve bad versions of this dish – Here’s how you can make it like a pro so that your family won’t be able to get enough of this rich, creamy dish.

What are scalloped potatoes?

A scalloped potato is a classic French potato dish called potatoes Dauphinoise prepared with thinly sliced potatoes and cheese. This dish is typically baked in an oven for an hour or more until the potatoes are tender. It is usually served as a side dish to meat or poultry dishes. This dish can be enhanced with ingredients like ham, assorted cheeses, and any variety of herbs like rosemary and parsley.

What’s the difference between scalloped potatoes and au gratin potatoes? 

It all comes down to cheese. Scalloped potatoes are far simpler. Usually, potatoes are baked in a basic cream sauce (usually a mixture of milk and heavy cream). Potatoes au gratin is a bit more decadent. Typically, potatoes au gratin is made with layers of potatoes surrounded by layers of cheese. The casserole is also topped with breadcrumbs for a bit of crunch.

What goes with well with this dish?

Meat and veggies dishes pair nicely with this dish, such as: 

Get the Recipe Scalloped Potatoes

Servings: 6
5 from 2 votes


  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 1 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves


  • Place a small pot on low heat then add butter. Add garlic to the melted butter and sauté for 30 seconds. 
  • Then add flour and mix well to combine. Cook for 2 minutes then add milk. Let it cook for 3-5 minutes until the sauce has thickened. 
  • Now stir in salt, cayenne pepper, and 1 cup of grated cheese. Remove from the heat when the cheese is melted. 
  • Brush an 8 x 8 baking dish with butter. Spread a layer of half of the thinly sliced potatoes, then top with half thyme leaves and cheese sauce. 
  • Spread the second layer of the remaining potatoes, top with thyme leaves, and cheese sauce.
  • Sprinkle remaining ½ cup grated cheese on the top and cover the dish with foil. Place into a preheated oven (350 degrees) and bake for about 1 hour.
  • Check the potatoes by inserting a fork. If they are tender, remove the foil and cook for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Your Scalloped Potatoes are ready! Cool before serving.


Author: Jehan Powell