Scalloped Potatoes

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My favorite recipe for cheesy, creamy, garlicky, crazy-delicious scalloped potatoes.

The Best Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Anyone else out there still have yet to plan your menu for Easter Sunday this coming weekend?

Well, good news: 1) you’re not alone and 2) I’ve gotcha covered! ♡

We have all sorts of delicious recipes here on our Easter section of the blog that are sure to please a crowd.  If you’re feeling those brunch vibes, there’s everything from my favorite 1-hour cinnamon rolls, to the world’s best sour cream coffee cake, to a classic breakfast casserole, to nearly every way to prepare eggs, to mimosas and more.  Or, if you’re going more of the Easter dinner route, our family’s favorite salad, classic deviled eggs, these perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts, an easy fruit salad, these quick 1-hour soft and buttery dinner rolls might be calling your name.  Of course, carrot cake (or this vegan, gluten-free carrot cake) is also a must around here every Easter.

But the other non-negotiable for me each Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving and — let’s be real — any night of the year that I’m craving some creamy, garlicky, cheesy comfort food?

Scalloped potatoes.

Specifically, these scalloped potatoes.  In my humble opinion, they are simply the best.  And in the years since I originally posted this recipe here on the blog, thousands of you have also tried them and agreed!  So today, I thought I’d bump this recipe back to the top of the stack for those of you who might be new to the blog and looking for a tried and true recipe to make this weekend.  As someone who has made these dozens and dozens of times, I can vouch — they won’t let you down.

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Scalloped Potatoes Ingredients:

The ingredients to make this classic scalloped potatoes recipe are pretty simple.  You’ll need:

  • Yukon gold potatoes: I prefer these to Russets because of their nice creamy texture and buttery flavor.
  • Shredded cheese: It’s important to have a good melty cheese for these.  I have always preferred a nice sharp cheddar (not one that has been aged, since those don’t melt as well).  But I have also made these with mozzarella, gouda, fontina and gruyere, and all have been delicious.  So feel free to pick your favorite, or use a mix!  Plus, some freshly-grated Parmesan is also a must.
  • Sliced onion: For extra flavor.  I always cook the onion in the sauce, and then strain it out and add it to the middle layer of the potatoes, so that there aren’t a bunch of onion slices sitting on the top layer.
  • Garlic: If you ask me, the more the merrier.  The recipe calls for 4 cloves, but I’ve used up to 8 before.  :)
  • Fresh thyme: I’ve always used this as my main seasoning for scalloped potatoes, but you could use just about any of your favorite fresh herbs or dried seasoning blends.  I also love occasionally adding some blackening seasoning to my sauce.
  • Creamy sauce: In lieu of heavy cream, my sauce for this recipe calls for a roux with butter and flour, milk and chicken (or veggie) stock.

Sliced Yukon gold potatoes

How To Make Scalloped Potatoes:

To make your scalloped potatoes, begin by chopping up your onions and garlic, and making your sauce on the stovetop.  Since we’re using milk instead of cream, it’s important not to let the sauce boil.  Just let it get warm enough that it barely comes to a simmer so that it can thicken.  (Otherwise the sauce will “break” and become watery when baked.)  Then remove it from the heat until it’s ready to be used.

Meanwhile, as your sauce cooks, slice up all of those potatoes.  The thinner they are, the quicker they will cook.  So I usually slice mine about 1/4-inch thick.

Once your sauce and potatoes are ready to go, it’s time to layer everything up!  I usually go in the following order:

  1. Half of the potatoes
  2. Half of the sauce (including the onions that I strain out and add with a slotted spoon)
  3. Half of the shredded cheese
  4. Parmesan
  5. Half of the potatoes
  6. Half of the sauce
  7. Half of the shredded cheese

Once everything is ready to go, cover the pan lightly with aluminum foil.  Then bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the sauce is nice and bubbly around the edges.  Remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes or so, until the cheese is nice and golden on top and the potatoes are cooked through.  (If the cheese starts to get too brown on top, just lightly cover the top with a sheet of foil again until the potatoes are ready to go.)

How To Make Scalloped Potatoes

Then remove, sprinkle with some extra thyme and black pepper, and serve!

I mean, just look at that cheesy, creamy, golden crust. ♡♡♡

Who wants some??


Scalloped Potatoes

How To Make-Ahead Scalloped Potatoes:

Over the years, I’ve had lots of you ask if you can prep this scalloped potatoes recipe in advance, and the answer is yes!  Just bake the scalloped potatoes and let them cool completely to room temperature.  Then cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days.  Then bake covered (with foil) at 350° for 30 minutes, or until warmed through.

Scalloped Potatoes


Can you freeze this recipe? Unfortunately, I don’t recommend it.  Neither the potatoes nor cream sauce freeze well.

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?  Sure thing!  Just use all certified-GF ingredients.  And instead of flour, you can either use gluten-free all-purpose flour.  Or, you can nix the flour and whisk 3 tablespoons of cornstarch into the cold milk before adding it to the sauce.

Can you add other seasonings? Absolutely!  Again, I just seasoned this classic recipe with garlic and thyme.  But feel free to stir your favorite seasoning mixes into the sauce or sprinkle on your favorite herbs.

Can you substitute other kinds of potatoes? Sure thing.  I’ve made this before with Russets and red potatoes, and also enjoy occasionally using a mix of Yukon golds and sweet potatoes.  But for the classic recipe, Yukon golds are my favorites.

Creamy Garlic Scalloped Potatoes

More Potato Recipes:

If you love this recipe, be sure to check out some of my other potato faves including:

Enjoy, everyone!

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 80 minutes
  • Yield: 10 -12 servings 1x


My favorite recipe for garlicky, cheesy, perfect scalloped potatoes — lightened up a tad with milk instead of heavy cream.



  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups milk (I recommend 2% or whole milk)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, divided
  • 4 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes, sliced into 1/8-inch rounds
  • 2 cups freshly-grated sharp cheddar cheese*, divided (feel free to add more cheese if you’d like)
  • 1/2 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.  Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.  Add onion, and sauté for 4-5 minutes until soft and translucent.  Add garlic and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant.  Stir in the flour until it is evenly combined, and cook for 1 more minute.  Gradually pour in the stock, and whisk until combined.  Add in the milk, salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon thyme, and whisk until combined.  Continue cooking for an additional 1-2 minutes until the sauce just barely begins to simmer around the edges of the pan (avoid letting it come to a boil) and thickens.  Then remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Spread half of the sliced potatoes in an even layer on the bottom of the pan.  Top evenly with half of the cream sauce.  (I usually strain out all of the onions and add them here too.)  Then sprinkle evenly with 1 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese, and all of the Parmesan cheese.  Top evenly with the remaining sliced potatoes, the other half of the cream sauce, and the remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
  4. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.  The sauce should be nice and bubbly around the edges.  Then remove the foil and bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  5. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack, and sprinkle with the remaining teaspoon of thyme and extra Parmesan.  Serve warm.


*I recommend not buying pre-grated cheese for this recipe, since it will not melt as well.  Instead, it’s best if you purchase a block of cheese and shred it yourself just before baking.  Over the years, I have also experimented with a variety of different cheeses here.  While I prefer the flavor of sharp cheddar, mozzarella, gouda, fontina and gruyere work great too!  (Or feel free to use a mix!)

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this recipe and wowwed my family. They loved it. I did freeze the leftovers, that was before I read that you shouldn’t freeze it, and it heated up fine. Very yummy! Thanx for the great recipe.
    Sue – Ottawa, Canada

  2. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe before and has turned out so well! I’m planning on bringing it to a potluck. Can I make it ahead and refrigerate overnight?

    • I am making these today and was wondering the same thing…

    • She mentions this in her post:
      “Over the years, I’ve had lots of you ask if you can prep this scalloped potatoes recipe in advance, and the answer is yes! Just bake the scalloped potatoes and let them cool completely to room temperature. Then cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Then bake covered (with foil) at 350° for 30 minutes, or until warmed through.”

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious 😋

  4. 5 stars
    It was different, but delicious.
    Very easy to make

  5. 5 stars
    Amazing!! Burning their mouths cause they couldn’t stop tasting as soon as they came out of the oven!!

  6. This recipe looks delicious but as I’m actively making it having to scroll through your post to watch the video and back down to get the amounts is really difficult while simultaneously cooking!

    • I clicked on the button for the printer-friendly version and it laid the ingredients and instructions without the extra video or narratives. Recommended if you don’t want to scroll up and down.

  7. 5 stars
    Seriously the best scalloped potatoes I have ever made! My hubby’s eyes light up when I make them, so I know it’s good! Thanks so much for this great recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    The Best I’ve ever made !!!

    • Super yummy and easy! Trust the reviews when I say this is the best scalloped potato’s I’ve ever tasted every flavor fits in perfectly 😍

  9. 5 stars
    It was quite delicious although I felt it needed a little more juice. Maybe because I used a mandoline to slice the potatoes, they may have absorbed more of the sauce? Anyway, everyone loved it. Thanks!

  10. Sounds wonderful, howeverr, these sound like potatoes au gratin, with the cheese. Scalleped potatoes are cream sauce, no cheese.

  11. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner with friends on Saturday. Because it was so dang hot outside and didn’t want to use the oven used my crockpot instead. The potatoes were tasty. The only drawback with crockpot was that cheese didn’t get that crispy look.

  12. 5 stars
    I have made this countless times for BBQs, family get togethers, etc. and it is always a hit! It’s the first thing gone. Everyone loves it and raves about it. Thank you for this great recipe!

  13. Can you cut the recipe in half?

  14. 5 stars
    I made this and it was amazing! I added way more cheese than the recipe called for:))

  15. 5 stars
    This was incredible! So tasty and easy to make. Really glad to have found this lighter version without the heavy cream.
    Will definitely make again.

  16. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe thanks for sharing. I never buy pre shredded cheese as it contains a powder to keep it from sticking together. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t melt? Also I’ve tried several of your recipes and enjoy them as well.

  17. 5 stars
    Delicious! I only made 1/4 of the recipe since it’s just me and the husband, and there were plenty of leftovers. It was also a delicious reheat. I will definitely be making this again in the near future.

  18. 2 stars
    Family didn’t care for it.

  19. Made this recipe for my sisiter’s birthday sunday dinner 8/18. Everyone loved it!!1 I got a 9 out of 10 from my family rating the taste and a 10 for appearance. Will surely do it again. This was my first time making this.

  20. 5 stars
    Great garlicky cheesy taste as stated but waaaaay more than 15 minutes to prepare with the grating, chopping, slicing, making a roux, lots more than 15 minutes but worth it. Just plan on more time.

  21. 5 stars
    I used the milk instead of cream and did not let it boil, just simmer on edge. Then baked. Took off foil and there was the broken sauce. I’ve tried to make this same recipe for years and rarely luck out and have unbroken sauce. I don’t get it!!! I rated this 5 since I can only blame me for the broken sauce “curse”.

    • I think the higher fat content your milk has, the less likely it will break. Same goes for making a paralyzer and preventing it from curdling when alcohol is added :)

  22. 5 stars
    I made this for the first time last night and everyone had seconds! My husband literally LICKED his plate clean! Thank you! I did sprinkle bacon on top and had a dab of sour cream to mine. It was excellent.

  23. So good! I will certainly be making this regularly. The sauce turned out perfect. I was leary because I didn’t have cream and that’s what I’ve used in the past, but 2% milk worked perfectly.

  24. 5 stars
    I just made this, it was a tad more runny than I wanted but it tasted delicious!

    I would say next time I’m going to cut the milk down by like 25% and maybe increase the cheese by about the same, should make it about 50% thicker in theory, lol. Either way, good recipe, definitely saving this one…

  25. Loved these potatoes; definitely a new favourite. I used some thyme (only had a little on hand) and some chopped fresh oregano. For the cheese, I used a mixture of cheddar, gruyere and parm. And garlic, definitely garlic (about 5 cloves). We loved them, thanks! (PS I have also frozen the leftovers which I’ve done before and they seemed fine when reheated low and slow while still wrapped in the foil I froze them in).

  26. Delish delish delish! Following recipe EXACTLY and it was perfect! Husband has told me many times over. Kids devoured it too!

  27. 4 stars
    Great. But not enough sauce for the large baking dish.

  28. 4 stars
    If these are SCALLOPED POTATOES, then what is your recipe for AU GRATIN POTATOES?

    Not to be a prick, but as an Irish American I’ve always heard cheese on sliced baked potatoes makes them Au Gratin and white roux or Bechemel pototoes are the scalloped recipe.

    A pretty good Au Gratin recipe if my Grandmother, the old 19th century woman who taught me of my Irish heritage, would say. A pretty good recipe for Au Gratin!

  29. I bet these are wonderful Au gratin potatoes, but I was looking for a recipe for scalloped potatoess.

  30. I made these potatoes last night EXACTLY as written (which is unusual for me…except I chopped the onion and left it in the sauce) and they were the best I’ve ever had. When I made the white sauce, it was pretty thick and didn’t look like it would be enough to sufficiently cover the potatoes, but I didn’t alter it. I did use a little extra cheese since Ali said it was okay! My Sweetheart said they were the best he’d ever had as well. I asked him what about them he loved so much and he said that they were creamy and delicious, but not soupy like I normally make them. So, that sauce I was worried about – exactly as it was supposed to be. I used a rubber spatula and spread it around each of the two layers as best I could. They were perfect!
    Thank you for such a great recipe!

  31. If I bake this at 350 with my stuffing for thanksgiving how long do you think it would take?

  32. I found this recipe online with a quick search of scalloped potatoes. They looked good in the pictures.
    Sure enough, I made them and my husband goes did you make these scalloped potatoes?? Me… yes, why??
    His response “I have no idea what you put in them but they are the best scalloped potatoes yet”

    – I didn’t have enough potatoes and only had a cup of milk and it still tasted amazing!!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  33. I made this for Thanksgiving. It was a HUGE hit! My daughter, who doesn’t like potatoes, ate like a champion! It is such a yummy dish. Thank you so much!!

  34. Made this today and since I didn’t notice your note beforehand, I used pre-shredded Italian blend cheese (provolone, parmesan, mozzarella), and pre-shredded parmesan (not the dry, grated type). These cheeses melted beautifully and added a wonderful flavour to the dish. I also used less milk than recommended because I prefer a thicker sauce in my scalloped potatoes and this made a perfect roux. It all worked out wonderfully and made a delicious meal with baked ham, brussels sprouts and asparagus (we like our green veggies!).

  35. This was a great recipe! I used convection baking at 380 degrees – 26 minutes with foil and 25 without. Loved it!

  36. Can you prepare it a day in advance then bake it the next?

  37. So delicious. My family also loved. Will never make any other scalloped but these! Decadent but with every bite!

  38. Made tonight. Big hit. Literally only changes I made was using a cup of cream with the cup of milk just because I needed to use it up and I didn’t have fresh thyme. Very delicious. Easy. Worst part is prep. Recipe was on point. Definitely will remake and recipe is now bookmarked.