Scalloped Potatoes with a crispy, cheesy top is the best side dish to any meal!
Deliciously cheesy scalloped potatoes are full of garlic flavour and parmesan cheese! Soft and tender potatoes smothered and enveloped in a thick and creamy garlic sauce, layered with mozzarella cheese for a cheesy string then crisped with your oven broiler or grill to get a crispy, cheesy top layer.
There are scalloped potatoes…and then there are SCALLOPED POTATOES. The kind that are so addictive, you can eat maybe half the pan in one sitting, because in that moment, meat becomes overrated.
With the insane chaos this Garlic Parmesan Mac And Cheese is causing, I thought, for one moment, what would potatoes replacing pasta be like. Well…let me just say….these potatoes are the best scalloped potatoes we’ve ever made.
The whole family forgot about the juicy roast chicken sitting on the table to make way for this on their plates.
HOW TO MAKE SCALLOPED POTATOES
Peel and slice potatoes to between 1/8- and 1/4-inch-thick for the best results and even cooking. Use a mandolin for even slicing if you have one! Once you have your potatoes ready, start on your sauce.
SAUCE FOR SCALLOPED POTATOES
No heavy creams are used for this. Just a good roux or béchamel style white sauce filled with garlic flavours, then poured over and layered in between your sliced potatoes. Don’t let the sauce intimidate you! It’s so easy:
Sauté garlic in butter
Whisk in flour
Gradually add milk
If you’re not comfortable making a white sauce, you can use about 4 cups of heavy or thickened cream to replace it.
Layer potatoes, sauce and cheese in baking dish.
Cover tightly with aluminium foil and bake — we cover the dish to allow steam to cook the potatoes through.
For a golden top, broil (or grill) on medium heat for 2-3 minutes until cheese is bubbling and golden.
BEST POTATOES FOR SCALLOPED POTATOES?
Starchy potatoes work best for scalloped potatoes. The starch content helps the cream to thicken up and create a perfect creamy sauce during the cooking process. Two types work exceptionally well for this recipe:
- Russet potatoes — have the most starch and make the creamiest sauce.
- Yukon Golds — hold their shape a little better through baking.
WATCH US MAKE Scalloped Potatoes (VIDEO) RIGHT HERE!
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Garlic Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic ((or 4 large garlic cloves, minced))
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose ((or plain) flour)
- 4 cups milk ((skim, 2% or full fat -- more if needed))
- 1 teaspoon chicken bullion powder ((or Kosher salt))
- Salt (to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 1/2 pounds (1 kg) Yukon Gold potatoes (or Russets) (peeled and sliced into 1/8-inch - 1/4-inch rounds)
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese ((freshly grated))
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives (divided)
- Preheat oven to 400°F | 200°C. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking oil spray; set aside.
- Melt butter in a medium-sized pan / pot. Add the garlic and sauté until just fragrant (about 1 minute). Whisk in the flour; continue to cook while whisking (or stirring) for at least 2 minutes.
- Reduce heat down to low; gradually whisk in 4 cups of the milk (about ¼ cup at a time), whisking between each addition to combine. Bring to a boil until beginning to thicken. Stir in the bullion powder, salt (if needed), and pepper. Set aside.
- Arrange a layer of potatoes over base of prepared dish. Pour half of the cream sauce over the potatoes, then top evenly with half of the mozzarella cheese, and half of the Parmesan cheese. Arrange the remaining potato slices over the cheese, the remaining creamy sauce, and the remaining cheeses.
- Cover tightly with aluminium foil and bake for 40 minutes until potatoes are just tender. Remove foil; cook for a further 30 minutes or until top is golden and the sauce is bubbling. For a crispier top, broil (or grill) on medium heat for 2-3 minutes until cheese is crispy.
- Garnish with chives. Serve warm.