Scalloped Potato Recipe

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Scalloped Potato Recipe – these scalloped potatoes are so creamy and delicious. Full of fresh herbs for a great side dish for even your best meal!  

I am always looking for new side dish recipes to make.  Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole is always requested for special dinners, but sometimes I like to mix it up. But side dish ideas are hard to come up with!  At least they are for me.

My son will request Baked Potato Casserole any day, because he likes the cheese and the crunch. Scalloped potatoes normally don’t have cheese in them, those are technically au gratin potatoes. These have fresh herbs and nutmeg to give it that something special.

spoonful of potatoes over a casserole dish


Scalloped Potatoes

If you have a mandolin this is the time to break it out.  Getting the potatoes all thinly sliced, the same thickness helps to make sure they cook evenly, and you don’t get some mushy and some still crunchy potatoes. There is just nothing like homemade scalloped potatoes. You see the box mix at the grocery store, but trust me, these are SOOO much better!

I like to use a mix of heavy cream and skim milk when I make home scalloped potatoes. This gets you all the flavor and creaminess of the heavy cream, but doesn’t give you quite as many fat and calories.

What You’ll Need

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  • Heavy Cream
  • Milk
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Garlic
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Butter
casserole dish of cooked potatoes

How to Make Scalloped Potatoes

  1. Gently heat the cream, milk, thyme, nutmeg, garlic, salt and pepper on the stove. This will infuse all those flavors into the cream, and you won’t be biting down on a piece of garlic.
  2. Thinly slicing the potatoes and getting them all the same thickness is definitely the most important step.
  3. Use a large casserole dish and get to layering. You will have 3 layers of potatoes when you are done.
  4. Place little pieces of butter over the top of the potatoes. This will melt and give a nice crust and buttery flavor to the top.
  5. To get them browned at the end, remove the foil and turn on the broiler for about 5 minutes.
scalloped potatoes in a dish

What Is The Difference Between Scalloped Potatoes and Au Gratin Potatoes

Technically the difference is cheese. Au Gratin Potatoes incorporate cheese either in the layers or on top, and scalloped potatoes don’t. They both use thinly sliced potatoes with a heavy cream mixture

Can You Freeze Scalloped Potatoes

Yes, you definitely can. The trick to freezing and reheat scalloped potatoes is lowering the oven temperature when baking. Freezing cream based items can be a little tricky, because the cream can separate when it is reheated. So I recommend baking at 300-325º and adding 30 minutes to the bake time to help the cream stay together.

What Goes With Scalloped Potatoes

These are a little bit labor intensive, so they are often reserved for a holiday, but they don’t have to be! Especially if you make extra and have them in the freezer, then it is as easy as just letting them thaw overnight and throwing them in the oven.

Can I Make These Ahead Of Time

Yes, you can assemble these and then cover and place in the fridge for up to 2 days before baking.

close up scalloped potatoes for pinterest

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Scalloped Potato Recipe - these scalloped potatoes are so creamy and delicious. Full of fresh herbs for a great side dish for even your best meal!  
4.91 from 10 votes

Scalloped Potatoes

By Erin
Scalloped Potato Recipe – these scalloped potatoes are so creamy and delicious. Full of fresh herbs for a great side dish for even your best meal!  
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg, use fresh if you have it
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes


  • Preheat oven to 375º F.
  • In a saucepan heat heavy cream, milk, thyme, garlic, nutmeg, salt, and pepper over medium high. Do not boil, just bring to a light simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Stir frequently to avoid scalding the milk.
  • Using a mandolin or sharp knife slice potatoes to about 1/8 inch thick. 
  • Grease a 13×9 inch baking dish. Layer about 1/3 of the potatoes into the dish. Pour 1/3 of the cream mixture over potatoes. Continue with 2 more layers. 
  • Place cubes of butter over the potatoes. Cover with foil and bake for 45-55 minutes until potatoes are cooked.  
  • Remove foil and heat under broiler for about 5 minutes until golden brown.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 950mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 360
Keyword: scalloped potatoes
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