Scalloped potatoes are right up there on our list of comfort food disguised as an elegant dish. Thinly sliced potatoes cooked in layers of creamy bechamel and topped with a crunchy blend of cheese and buttery breadcrumbs are sheer heaven.
Scalloped potatoes are a great side dish to add to any holiday dinner and if you've ever been intimidated to make them before here is your chance to master this easy French dish once and for all.
How To Make Scalloped Potatoes: The Prep
To make the best ever scalloped potatoes you'll need to organize yourself wisely. The first step is to preheat the oven to 375F and grease a casserole dish.
While the oven is warming up you will slice the potatoes into thin rounds, either using a sharp knife or a mandolin (just watch your fingers!).
Thinly sliced onions are an optional ingredient but add much flavor to the dish. It's up to you whether to add them or not.
Finally, what will determine the silkiness of your scalloped potatoes will be a bechamel sauce. We've got an awesome recipe here. The trick is in making a little extra so the scalloped potatoes stay nice and creamy.
Scalloped Potatoes: Putting It All Together
The layering of the scalloped potatoes will be very easy. Add some sauce to the casserole, followed by potatoes and onions. Repeat until all the sauce is gone.
Cover the casserole dish tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and spread the Parmesan and breadcrumb mix over the top. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
Scalloped potatoes can be dressed up with bacon, ham and savory herbs such as chives or scallions. Also, the same method can be applied to other tubers such as sweet potatoes, parsnips, and rutabagas. So feel free to experiment!
Below are some other scalloped potato recipes to inspire you:
Pioneer Woman's Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
The lovely Ree Drummond has a wonderful recipe for scalloped potatoes with ham. She shares all her tricks in this fun video from Food Network.
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Here is a quick and easy recipe for cheesy scalloped potatoes from The Little Potato Company. It calls for tiny creamer potatoes and tons of shredded cheese.
Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes
The wonderful thing about scalloped potatoes is that you can also make them in a Crock Pot in as little as four hours.
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