Perfect Scalloped Potatoes Recipe: A Family Favorite

Dive into the creamy, cheesy world of Scalloped Potatoes, a dish that combines simple ingredients into a decadent side that's perfect for any occasion. This recipe for potatoes au gratin is a beloved classic that has been a fan favorite on my blog for years, and it’s easy to see why!

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • Creamy and Cheesy: With layers of thinly sliced potatoes enveloped in a rich, cheesy sauce, this dish is the ultimate comfort food.
  • Versatile: Perfect alongside a variety of main courses, from roast meats to vegetarian options.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: A tried and true recipe that has received rave reviews for its delicious results.

Ingredients List

  • Thinly Sliced Potatoes: 4 cups
  • Butter: 3 tablespoons
  • All-Purpose Flour: 3 tablespoons
  • Milk: 1 1/2 cups
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Ground Black Pepper: A dash
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese: 1 cup
  • Additional Grated Cheese for Topping: 1/2 cup
  • Paprika: For garnish

A bubbling dish of golden-brown scalloped potatoes fresh out of the oven, topped with a generous layer of melted cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of paprika, served on a rustic kitchen table

Step-by-Step Cooking Instructions

Prepare the Sauce

  1. Melt Butter: In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Add Flour: Stir in the flour and cook for about one minute, until bubbly.
  3. Incorporate Milk: Gradually whisk in the cold milk, ensuring there are no lumps.
  4. Season and Thicken: Add salt and pepper, then simmer on low heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens and becomes smooth.
  5. Add Cheese: Remove from heat and stir in the cheddar cheese until melted and combined.

Assemble the Dish

  1. Layer Potatoes: In a greased one-quart baking dish, arrange half of the sliced potatoes.
  2. Apply Sauce: Pour half of the cheese sauce over the first layer of potatoes.
  3. Repeat Layers: Add the remaining potatoes and top with the rest of the cheese sauce.
  4. Final Touches: Sprinkle additional cheese and paprika on top for extra flavor and color.


  1. Bake: Place the dish in a preheated 350°F oven and bake uncovered for about one hour or until the potatoes are tender and the top is golden brown.

Tips for Perfect Scalloped Potatoes

  • Potato Choice: Use starchy potatoes like Russets for the best texture as they hold up well during baking.
  • Slicing: Ensure potatoes are thinly and evenly sliced for uniform cooking.
  • Sauce Consistency: For a smoother sauce, keep the heat low to prevent the cheese from separating.

This Scalloped Potatoes recipe is more than just a side dish; it's a comforting, hearty addition to any meal that brings smiles to the table. Tried and tested, this recipe promises to be a staple in your cooking repertoire, bringing warmth and satisfaction to your family dinners.

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