Looking for the perfect side dish to take to your next potluck or big family meal? This cheesy scalloped potatoes recipe is so easy to make and it goes a long way. Set it down on the table and watch it disappear!
Potatoes are always a given when you have a large family gathering happening, such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas or just a fun get together. While mashed potatoes are super easy, sometimes you just want to change things up. Think outside of the box and try something new!
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This cheesy scalloped potatoes recipe is the perfect way to branch out and try your hand at making something besides the easy fall-back of mashed potatoes. Plus, you can make them ahead of time, which makes the day of the big event a little less stressful. Please and thank you! Keep on reading to find out how to make this easy side dish.
WHAT KIND OF POTATOES TO USE
You can use any type of potatoes, but the absolute best to use in this scalloped potatoes recipe are Yukon golds. You don't even have to worry about peeling them! Their skins give them even more of a buttery flavor as well as some great nutrients. You can also use russets or red potatoes, but you'll for sure want to peel those before slicing them.
HOW TO MAKE CHEESY SCALLOPED POTATOES
The key to making this delicious recipe is in slicing the potatoes as thinly as possible! They'll cook quicker and you won't get a big ‘ole chunk of plain potato when you're eating it.
When you're making the cheese sauce, make sure that you don't allow the milk to boil! Remove it from the heat when it's just starting to simmer. This will keep it from separating when it's in the oven. And if you run out of milk, no worries! Just substitute with half and half or heavy whipping cream to reach the amount that you need.
The recipe calls for cheddar cheese, but you can make this with pretty much any type of cheese! No need to run to the store if you have some other cheese in your fridge. Thank you, shelf cooking! Mixed cheese, mozzarella, and parmesan are all delicious as well.
MAKE THEM AHEAD OF TIME
You can even make this scalloped potatoes recipe ahead of time! Prepare and bake as the recipe below states. When it's had time to cool off after coming out of the oven, cover with foil and stick it in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you're ready to eat it, pull it out of the fridge and pop that bad boy straight in the oven to bake at 350°F for 30-45 minutes or until heated through.
THE BEST CHEESY SCALLOPED POTATOES RECIPE
Okay, now that you know the ins and outs of what all you can use and substitute with, let's get on to the recipe!
Easy, Cheesy Scalloped Potato Recipe
- 1 large white onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 2 ½ cups milk
- 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese
- 8 cups Yukon gold potatoes, thinly sliced
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13 dish.
- Cook onion and garlic in the butter in a saucepan until tender.
- Stir in flour, salt, and pepper.
- Add milk and stir over medium heat until thickened and just starting to simmer.
- Remove from heat, and mix in cheese until melted. Set aside.
- Place half the potatoes in the dish.
- Top with half the cheese sauce.
- Repeat layers.
- Cover tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
- Uncover and bake an additional 45 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
- Let stand uncovered for 10 minutes before serving.
So easy, right?!
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