Homemade scalloped potatoes are classic comfort food! The tender potato slices are covered in a creamy white sauce and baked until golden.
My family loves potatoes of all kinds and scalloped potatoes are a classic way to prepare potatoes. Growing up my mom often served scalloped potatoes with ham. These scalloped potatoes are delicious enough for a holiday dinner but easy enough to make for a weeknight meal.
What is the difference between scalloped potatoes and au gratin potatoes?
The difference between scalloped potatoes and au gratin potatoes is that one contains cheese and the other does not. Scalloped potatoes are baked with a cream sauce. On the other hand, au gratin potatoes are covered in a cheese sauce and topped with cheese before baking.
Start by preparing your potatoes. Peel and thinly slice the potatoes. Using a mandolin sliced makes it super easy!
Can I make scalloped potatoes without peeling?
Yes, you can make scalloped potatoes without peeling the potatoes first. It simply depends on what your family prefers. Leaving the skins on the potatoes gives the final dish added nutrition and a more rustic appearance.
Melt the butter in a large pot.
Add the onions and cook until tender. I used dried minced onions but you can use freshly diced onions if you prefer.
Whisk in the flour, salt, and pepper.
Cook the roux (the flour and butter mixture) over medium heat for two minutes, stirring constantly.
Slowly whisk in the milk a little at a time until the clumps of flour have dissolved.
Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring. Cook and stir for two minutes, or until thickened.
Arrange half of the sliced potatoes over the bottom of a greased baking dish.
Top the sliced potatoes with half of the white sauce.
Repeat with the second layer of sliced potatoes and the second half of the sauce. Dot the top with butter.
What else can I add to my scalloped potatoes?
This homemade scalloped potatoes recipe is delicious as is but it can also be used as a starting point for many different variations!
- Ham: Diced ham can be added to each layer of the scalloped potatoes.
- Bacon: Cooked bacon crumbles are a great way to add flavor.
- Onions: This recipe calls for a small amount of onions but if your family loves onions, try adding thinly sliced onions to the layers.
- Cheese: You can turn these scalloped potatoes into au gratin potatoes by adding cheese to the sauce and to the layers.
Cover the potatoes with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove the foil and continue baking for 50-60 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. If you want the top more toasted, you can brown them under the boiler for a minute or two.
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