Scalloped Potatoes


Bake these creamy, cheesy, scalloped potatoes in the oven while you grill steaks or finish up a roast in the slow cooker.

Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
8 serves

What makes a potato scalloped? It all has to do with the arrangement of the spuds in the baking dish. Thinly sliced potatoes are layered in a casserole dish and covered with heavy cream and milk. They are then seasoned and topped with cheese for an ooey-gooey side dish. And while making these scalloped potatoes from scratch might take a bit more time than the box variety, you'll be thankful you went the homemade route.

What makes this dish even more versatile? It’s ideal for making ahead. Here’s how: Prepare the potatoes up to the point of baking (but do not bake) and refrigerate, covered, up to two days in advance. But you can actually prep these up to a month in advance and place the dish tightly wrapped in the freezer. It's the perfect side dish to serve with a hearty quick lamb and vegetable stew, one of our favorite easy Easter dinner ideas.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dish

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • 4 pounds russet potatoes (8 medium), peeled and sliced ⅛ inch thick

  • 6 ounces Gruyère or Cheddar, grated (about 1½ cups)


  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch or some other shallow 3-quart baking dish. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Add the cream, milk, bay leaf, thyme, nutmeg, 2 teaspoons salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and bring to a simmer.

  3. Add the potatoes to the saucepan and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender, 30 to 35 minutes.

  4. Discard the bay leaf and transfer the potato mixture to the prepared baking dish; sprinkle with the Gruyère.

  5. Transfer to the top rack of the oven and bake until bubbling and golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

    Scalloped Potatoes
    Mikkel Vang

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

534 Calories
35g Fat
44g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 534
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 608mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 13g
Calcium 338mg 26%
Iron 1mg 6%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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