Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

by heidi on April 7, 2014

It’s hard to face reality after a week of vacation.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes |

To remember what it’s like to plot and plan the coming week’s menu of cooking. Instead of perusing a restaurant menu for your vacation’s 3 square meals after hiking about or lounging at the pool.

And let’s not even talk about how 5 o’clock somewhere comes along a lot slower or sometimes not at all.

Sigh, let’s not even get started. Vacation, where did you go?

So now that I’m back home after a week of spring breaking, I went straight to one of my top favorite recipes, one that teleports me to my childhood and the warm fuzzies that always leave me going back for seconds. Okay, maybe thirds.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes |

Taters. Cream. Cheese. Comfort-centric Sunday dinner just isn’t the same without them.

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Scalloped Potatoes are almost always paired with one of my favorite hams

Filet Mignon with Porcini Compound Butter

or my very favorite home cooked, steak house-style dinner.

You just have to go rich and big if you’re going to go at all.

My mom always made her Scalloped Potatoes with cream of mushroom soup. It was one of my favorite parts of one of my favorite dinners ever. But as I’ve grown older, I’ve moved away from the canned stuff and on to basic cream, chicken broth and butter that envelops tenderly sliced potatoes to create a seriously decadent side dish with minimal effort.

About the recipe:

This time around I used russet potatoes versus the waxier white potatoes. Russets have a higher starch content and thus, created a tender bite.

Cooking the potatoes in the cream and chicken broth prior to baking not only speeds up the oven time but also gives the sauce an even creamier texture due to the starches the potatoes yield during the pre-baking cooking process. It is all about the creaminess IMO, afterall.

Combining even amounts of cream with chicken broth brings the heaviness of scalloped potatoes down to a normal range. So you won’t feel as if you need to waddle away from the table instead of walking.

While the original recipe didn’t call for Parmesan cheese, I like the extra bite Parmesan adds to this dish. It’s a great compleiment to

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Yield: serves 6-8

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes


3 tablespoons butter
3 garlic cloves, pressed in a garlic press
1 medium onion, minced
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup chicken broth
4 pounds russet potatoes, sliced thinly, about ⅛ inch thick
3 bay leaves
1 cup medium cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups Parmesan cheese, shredded


  1. Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, then add the garlic cloves and cook for 30 seconds, stirring until garlic becomes fragrant. Add the onions, thyme leaves and kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper and cook until onions become soft, stirring occasionally, for about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the cream and chicken broth and stir. Add the potato slices and bay leaves and bring to a simmer. Cover and reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for about 10 minutes or the potatoes are nearly fork tender.
  3. Transfer half of the mixture to a 1 ½ quart dish, an 8 X 8 or 9 X 6 dish. Sprinkle with half of the cheese. Top with the remaining potato mixture, sprinkle with the remaining parmesan cheese then top with the remaining cheddar cheese.
  4. Refrigerate for an hour or up to overnight. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes or until the cream is bubbling around the edges and the cheese is golden brown. Let rest for 5-10 minutes until serving.

Because there’s always room for more…


Parmesan Crusted Scalloped Potatoes

I am totally digging the idea of a crusty, parmesan loaded top. All of the basic scalloped potato flavors are represented in style, and then kicked up with a crusty Parmesan cheese layer takes over the taste buds. Recipe here.


Pumpkin Scalloped Potatoes

Sweet potatoes and yukons meld perfectly with fontina and Parmesan, all draped in a pumpkin puree laced cream sauce. This sounds like the perfect combo of sweet and cream. Recipe here.


Parmesan Scalloped Potato Stacks

This might be one of the funnest ways to serve up scalloped potatoes, cooked in a muffin tin and served silo style. Recipe here.

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Four Cheese Garlic Scalloped Potatoes

Not one, not two, but four cheese flavors come together to create a perfectly melded potato mix that’s already got me thinking about heading to the store for more russets. Recipe here.

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Averie Cooks April 7, 2014 at 3:11 am

Totally beautiful! Pinned! And off to pin all the related recipes you showcased – nice finds :)


Kathryn April 7, 2014 at 3:39 am

A cheese-y, potato-y dish is very hard to beat in my opinion. This looks perfect.


Belinda@themoonblushbaker April 7, 2014 at 3:50 am

Perfect Monday meal! Who said meatless had to be boring? Potatoes and cheese a match made in baked heaven.


Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness April 7, 2014 at 4:43 am

I just got back from vacay too! Real life is definitely hard!
However, potatoes and cheese always make it better, so I’m glad you had this to face plant into!
P.s: I hate taking pictures of cheese covered things…and yours is gorgeous! Pinned


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 7, 2014 at 6:07 am

These look AWESOME! Scalloped potatoes are so comforting and so delicious!


Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg April 7, 2014 at 6:40 am

A perfect meal for a rainy Monday. This is gorgeous cheesiness. Pinned!


Meagan @ A Zesty Bite April 7, 2014 at 6:50 am

Welcome back from vacation! I always hate coming home but once I arrive its nice to sleep in your own bed. This is definitely a good dish to have when you get home.


Kristen April 7, 2014 at 7:11 am

I clicked and knew I shouldn’t have because I will be craving these all the love long day!


Kathy @ Olives & Garlic April 7, 2014 at 8:02 am

I am so happy you posted this recipe. I am having a dinner party on Sunday for a few friends and was looking for a good scalloped potato recipe to go along roasted chicken. This one looks great.


heidi April 7, 2014 at 8:40 pm

That’s great! I hope you enjoy them.


Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) April 7, 2014 at 9:34 am

These potatoes look absolutely heavenly.


Lori @ RecipeGirl April 7, 2014 at 9:57 am

I think they need more cheese, lol… they actually look PERFECT! Thanks for including my pumpkin scalloped potatoes!


Amy @ItsAMindfulLife April 7, 2014 at 10:09 am

These dishes are amazing! Can’t wait to try the cheesy scalloped potatoes! Thanks for sharing! Excited to share this on Pinterest!


bev @ bevcooks April 7, 2014 at 10:45 am

Good Lord almighty above in the heavens.


Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 7, 2014 at 10:47 am

Who could resist cheesy potatoes?! Love!


Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog April 7, 2014 at 11:50 am

oh goodness…these look simply irresistible! And I totally hear you about meal planning-it’s so hard, I need to aspire to do better with it asap…like planning ahead to make these beauties!


Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps April 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm

I’d like to bathe in that cheesy potato wonderfulness right this minute — ahhhhhh. What is it about scalloped potatoes that is just SO comforting?


heidi April 7, 2014 at 8:39 pm

For me it’s just the ultimate comfort food from being a kid. It was absolutely my favorite side dish.


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking April 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Oh gosh, I feel the same way!!! My husband was just on his spring break and I think I was more sad for it to be over than he was!!! These potatoes would be soooo comforting.


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm

I’m seriously drooling over your dish! I need more scalloped potatoes in my life asap ;)


Emily @ Life on Food April 7, 2014 at 6:04 pm

These just got added to our Easter menu. Beautiful and oh so cheesy!


Tieghan April 7, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Coming home from vacation is the worst, but potatoes like this would make it much more bearable.Who could resist these?!? So good looking!


Becky April 7, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Scalloped Poatatoes is definitely one everyone needs in their back pocket. I made one the other day with artichokes, leeks, and beehive cheese – maybe the most amazing a decadent cheesey potato dish I’ve had! Oh and I’m sure my mom always used a canned soup in hers as well.


Jennie @themessybakerblog April 8, 2014 at 6:15 am

You really can’t go wrong when it comes to potatoes and cheese. This screams comfort! Great potato tips.


Lauren April 8, 2014 at 6:58 am

These look amazing. I want them for breakfast—> totally serious right now.


Christine from Cook the Story April 8, 2014 at 8:13 am

This is some seriously delicious comfort food!


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christine davis December 4, 2014 at 7:25 am

Thanks for these recipes! Scalloped potatoes are my husband’s fav. I may do a version of this with frozen hash browns for tonight since i have no car today but have most of this, except the potatoes in the house. Should be interesting to see how it turns out! LOL


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