Mom’s Homemade Scalloped Potatoes

Mom’s Homemade Scalloped Potatoes are the perfect creamy side dish for a family dinner- everyone will be back for seconds!

scalloped potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

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I don’t know about you, but when I think of a spiral ham, I immediately think of cheesy scalloped potatoes. Some things are just meant to be together. Peas and carrots. Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Peanut butter and Jelly. Cookies and milk.

So today I’m really excited to share my Mom’s easy scalloped potatoes. This recipe is crazy simple to make and uses really minimal ingredients for maximum flavor. It’s a classic dish that is comforting and is perfect to feed a crowd or even cut down if there are less people eating it. There is nothing more comforting that creamy, savory potatoes that are cooked until fork tender and golden brown on top.

Scalloped potatoes recipe

Tips for making this scalloped potatoes recipe

  • Try to make the potatoes as thin as possible.
  • Also slice the onions as thinly as possible- they’ll melt right into the dish!
  • Spray down the baking pan to help prevent sticking.
  • When you’re making the layers of potatoes, try to make it as even as possible. That said, they may overlap a little and that’s ok.
  • You want the milk to almost cover the potatoes, but not completely. Start with 2.5 cups and if you need a little more, add it.
  • Bake uncovered so that they get nice and golden brown on top.

homemade scalloped potatoes

Frequently asked questions about how to make scalloped potatoes

  • What is the difference between scalloped potatoes and au gratin potatoes? Au Gratin potatoes typically includes cheese and uses slightly thinner sliced potatoes. That being said, I included the option to top it with Romano cheese for a little added flavor.
  • Which potato is best for scalloped potatoes? You can really use any potato but russets tend to have a higher starch content, so you’ll get a creamier sauce. Yukon Gold potatoes maintain their shape a bit better. For the ones pictured, I used red potatoes because that’s what I had on hand and they still came out delicious.
  • How do you cut potatoes for scalloped potatoes? The easiest way is to use a Mandoline because you’ll get a more uniform cut. But you can just as easily take your time and use a really sharp knife.
  • Can you make scalloped potatoes ahead of time? Yes. Assemble the entire dish and cover it well. Refrigerate for up to a day or two and bake just before serving.
  • How long do scalloped potatoes last? 4 days covered in the refrigerator.
  • How do you reheat scalloped potatoes? Either in the microwave or covered in the oven.

scalloped potatoes recipe

Make it a meal!

A few great recipes to round out and complete this meal would be:

Best scalloped potatoes

Helpful tools:

  1. 9″ x 13″ pan
  2. Chef’s knife
  3. Cutting board
  4. Mandoline
  5. Measuring cup
  6. Whisk
Mom’s Homemade Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Mom's Homemade Scalloped Potatoes are the perfect creamy side dish for a family dinner- everyone will be back for seconds!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: scalloped potatoes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Patty Scuteri
  • Cooking spray
  • 5-6 cups thinly sliced potatoes sliced to around 1/8-1/4 inch thickness
  • 2 cups extra thin sliced onions
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups milk start with 2 1/2 cups and add a little more if necessary
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/4 heaping cup grated Romano cheese optional
  1. Spray a 9" x 13" baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Spread a layer of potatoes along the bottom of the pan to cover it (they can and will overlap a bit).
  3. Sprinkle half of the onions, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper onto the potatoes.
  4. Spread a layer of potatoes onto this.
  5. Sprinkle half of the onions, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper on top.
  6. Layer the remaining potatoes on top and sprinkle with the remaining salt and pepper.
  7. Whisk together the flour and milk and pour it over the layers of potatoes. It should almost but not completely cover them and you can add a little more milk if needed.
  8. If using Romano cheese sprinkle it on top of the potato mixture.
  9. At this point you can cover and refrigerate until you're ready to bake.
  10. When you're ready to bake them, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  11. Bake for 1 hour until golden brown and crispy on top (if not using the Romano cheese, these won't get as brown).
  12. Serve immediately.

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  • Reply
    October 17, 2018 at 8:46 pm I love your tips on each recipe.
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      October 20, 2018 at 9:20 pm Thank you Chris! I want to make is as easy as possible :)

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