These Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes are the best form of comfort food. Tender potato slices covered in a rich and creamy cheese sauce baked to golden brown perfection is a classic side dish and will leave you wanting a second serving!
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
If you are looking for an impressive and tasty side dish, I highly recommend cheesy scalloped potatoes. It’s cheesy and full of flavor. It’s a great alternative to other potato recipes. My kids love mashed potatoes and roasted potatoes. These cheesy scalloped potatoes give us a whole new and delicious way to enjoy potatoes for dinner. I even like to make it with our Orange Glazed Ham for Christmas or Thanksgiving!
Cheese and potatoes belong together, and this recipe proves it. The velvety cheese sauce covers the potatoes and helps them perfectly cook in the oven. Since russet potatoes have a lot of starch, they help to keep the sauce nice and think as they bake. If you like bacon included, try our Loaded Scalloped Potatoes.
Scalloped Potatoes vs. Potatoes Au Gratin
Traditionally, scalloped potatoes are made with a creamy herb sauce and no cheese. Au gratin potatoes, on the other hand, are very thin slices of potato layered with grated cheese, garlic, and a cream sauce. This recipe for scalloped potatoes with cheese combines the two dishes to give you a decadent potato casserole.
What You’ll Need
Only a few ingredients are needed to make tasty cheesy scalloped potatoes. It’s a very inexpensive casserole dish that is great for a holiday meal or a potluck.
- Russet Potatoes: You are going to wash, peel, and slice the potatoes. You can use a chef’s knife or a mandolin for this.
- Onion: I use thinly sliced yellow onion.
- Salt & Pepper
- Heavy Cream: You can substitute with whole milk in a pinch.
- Cheddar Cheese: Any variety of shredded cheddar will work, I prefer to use sharp cheddar cheese.
- Green Onions: Freshly chopped green onions make the perfect garnish.
How to Make Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Most of the work for this recipe is performed by the oven. After the potatoes are prepared and the sauce is made, you can relax as the potatoes bake!
- Prep the Oven and Baking Dish. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and grease a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Prepare the Potatoes. Wash, peel, and slice the potatoes. Each slice should be about ¼ inch thick.
- Cook Onions. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and saute until soft and translucent.
- Make Roux. Add flour, salt, and pepper. Whisk until combined and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add Heavy Cream. Pour in the heavy cream and simmer over medium heat. Continue to cook until it starts to thicken.
- Stir in Cheese. Turn the heat to low and mix in the cheddar cheese. Whisk until combined and cook until the cheese is melted and smooth.
- Layer Potatoes and Sauce. Layer half of the potato slices in the bottom of the baking dish. Cover with half of the cheese sauce. Arrange the remaining half of the potatoes and pour the rest of the cheese sauce on top. Spread evenly.
- Bake. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 90 minutes. Fork test the potatoes to make sure they are fully cooked and tender.
- Broil. Place the baking dish back in the oven, uncovered, and broil for 5-10 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
- Cool. Allow the cheesy potatoes to cool for at least 10 minutes.
- Garnish and Serve. Top with chopped green onion, and enjoy.
What to Serve With Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Here are some protein ideas and vegetables to serve with this cheesy scalloped potato recipe. You can serve whatever you prefer. These are just my favorites.
- The Best Fried Chicken
- Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Thighs
- Pork Roast
- Air Fryer Steak Bites
- Roasted Turkey Breast
- Honey Glazed Carrots
- Wedge Salad
- Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
Other Favorite Potato Recipes
- Crack Potatoes
- Loaded Potato Casserole
- Duck Fat Potatoes
- Twice Baked Potatoes
- Funeral Potatoes Recipe
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Wash, peel and slice the potatoes into ¼-inch slices and arrange half of the potato slices into the prepared baking dish.
- In a large skillet or saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and saute until soft and translucent. Stir in the flour, salt, and black pepper and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes.
- Whisk in the heavy cream and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until smooth and thickened.
- Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cheddar cheese, continue cooking until the cheese is fully melted and smooth. Stirring constantly.
- Pour half of the cheese sauce over the arranged potato slices and spread evenly. Arrange the other half of the potato slices over top and pour on the remaining cheese and spread evenly.
- Cover the dish with foil and bake for 90 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
- After baking, remove the foil from the dish and set your oven to broil.
- Broil the dish uncovered for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes, before serving.
- Garnish with fresh chopped green onions and serve. Enjoy!
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- Russet potatoes are recommended for this recipe, but you can also use Yukon Gold or any other starchy potatoes.
- Make sure to slice the potatoes thinly and evenly for even cooking.
- If you prefer a stronger onion flavor, you can use a medium-sized onion instead of a small one.
- For a variation, you can add cooked bacon bits or diced ham between the layers of potatoes and cheese sauce.
- This dish can be made in advance and refrigerated. To reheat, cover with foil and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 20-30 minutes, or until heated through.
- Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.