This Scalloped Potatoes recipe is one of the best and the easiest ever. Thinly sliced potatoes nestle in a bath of cream, half and half, and butter, resulting in creamy, tender potatoes, that are a perfect side dish for roast or grilled meats. No cheese or flour required!
Friends, meet the Best Scalloped Potatoes on the planet. I’ve been making these for over twenty years. If you’ve never made scalloped potatoes, let this be your first and only recipe!
This potato dish is easy to make, great to serve with ham, and there are rarely leftovers. If there are, I wake up early in the morning to eat them for breakfast when no one’s looking – or even awake!
They are that good.
Why Make This
It’s delicious. A classic scalloped potatoes recipe, this one is the best you will ever have. Seriously. Cream-baked potatoes are amazingly tasty, the perfect foil for Roast Turkey Breast, ham, or a slow cooker pot roast. My kids have always loved these potatoes, making it one of our favorite kid-friendly Thanksgiving Side Dishes.
This is an easy recipe! Unlike other scalloped potato recipes, you don’t need to make a cheddar cheese sauce or even precook the potatoes. Instead, this dish is truly “scalloped”, layered potatoes baked in a cream sauce.
They are gluten-free. If you struggle to find festive holiday dishes that are gluten-free, this is it! No need for substitutions because these are naturally gluten-free scalloped potatoes.
You only need 6 Ingredients for the Best Scalloped Potatoes!
This truly is a simple recipe to make! Here’s what you’ll need:
potatoes – Choose a potato that is high in starch and low in moisture, such as russet potatoes. They cook evenly and hold their shape well, creating a smoother and creamier texture. Avoid using waxy potatoes like red or fingerling potatoes as they won’t break down as easily and can result in a firmer, less desirable texture. Yukon Gold potatoes, while not as starchy, are still a good option if you don’t have russets.
salt and freshly ground black pepper – You’ll season each layer of potatoes pretty simply with salt and pepper.
half-and-half – A combination of equal parts milk and cream that have been homogenized, half-and-half is a little cheaper than cream but still brings that rich flavor. You can make your own for this recipe if you can’t find it locally.
butter – A few pats of butter help brown and crisp the top layer of potatoes.
cream – You’ll finish the potatoes with cream, adding it in the final cooking time. So good!
optional garnish: You can enhance the presentation of your scalloped potatoes and make them look even more mouthwatering with a sprinkle of fresh herbs, chopped green onions, or grated Parmesan cheese.
- While true scalloped potatoes don’t require cheese, you can add it if you like. If you’re dead set on cheesy scalloped potatoes, add shredded parmesan cheese to each layer of potatoes. Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes are also a delicious option.
- If you prefer cheesy mashed potatoes to thinly sliced potatoes, try our Mashed Potato Casserole.
How to make Scalloped Potatoes without Flour or Cheese
Grease a 9x-13-inch baking dish. Preheat the oven to 325 °.
Overlap the potato slices in the prepared dish, seasoning with salt and pepper every few layers.
Pour over the half-and-half and dot the surface with the butter. Bake for 45 minutes, uncovered.
Pour the heavy cream over the potatoes and bake another 45 minutes until cooked through and golden brown.
Scalloped requires layering slices of potatoes with cream or a creamy sauce in a casserole while au gratin or gratinee is a dish topped with buttered breadcrumbs or cheese and then browned.
Since you want your scalloped potatoes to melt in your mouth, it’s better to peel them before slicing them thinly and layering them in a baking dish.
These scalloped potatoes are gluten-free, with just six ingredients. Other recipes may call for a white sauce that often requires a flour-based roux that would not be gluten-free.
More Great Potato Side Dishes
These are all great sides to serve with ham.
Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
- 3 lb russet potatoes peeled and thinly sliced
- black pepper
- 1 ½ cup half and half
- 2 tablespoon butter cut into small pieces
- ½ cup cream
- Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. Preheat the oven to 325 °.
- Overlap the potato slices in the prepared dish, seasoning with salt and pepper every few layers.3 lb russet potatoes, salt, black pepper
- Pour over the half and half and dot the surface with the butter. Bake for 45 minutes, uncovered.1 ½ cup half and half, 2 tablespoon butter
- Pour the heavy cream over the potatoes and bake another 45 minutes until cooked through and golden brown.½ cup cream
Nutritional values are approximate and based on ⅛ the recipe. optional garnish: You can enhance the presentation of your scalloped potatoes and make them look even more mouthwatering with a sprinkle of fresh herbs, chopped green onions, or grated Parmesan cheese.
This post was originally published on April 18, 2012. It has been updated for content and clarity.