Our Best Scalloped Potato Recipes

Mom's Scalloped Potatoes in a yellow dish
Photo: lutzflcat

Scalloped potatoes are the classic, comforting accompaniment to so many holiday and other special meals. There's much to love about this homey combination of thinly sliced potatoes, milk or cream, simple seasonings, and cheese. It's a simple and straightforward concept, but even so, there are many subtle spins to put on this potato dish. Over the years, Allrecipes' home cooks have perfected their personal favorites. Here, they offer tips and tricks, along with the top-rated scalloped potato recipes.

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Steak House Au Gratin Potatoes

Steak House Au Gratin Potatoes in a dish topped with parsley

"They are excellent as leftovers warmed up in the microwave with eggs and bacon the next day," says Ingalyn.

Tip: "In case people are looking for a heavy cream substitute, I found this," says TWEETY75. "Melt 1/3 cup butter. Pour it into 3/4 cup milk, and stir. Use in place of one cup of heavy cream. Note: This substitute will not whip. If you use low-fat milk, add a tablespoon of flour to the mixture to thicken."

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Fancy Crusted Rosemary Scalloped Potatoes

Fancy Crusted Rosemary Scalloped Potatoes
Mackenzie Schieck

Slices of potatoes are layered on the top and around the edge of the baking dish to create a unique, beautiful crust for these creamy rosemary potatoes.

Tip: Slice three or four potatoes using a mandolin on the thinnest setting. Slice the remaining potatoes using a slightly thicker setting on the mandolin. Then line the bottom and the sides of the baking dish with thin potato slices, overlapping them.

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Simple Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Simple Scalloped Potatoes with Ham in a casserole dish
Baking Nana

These scalloped potatoes, with ham and a creamy Alfredo sauce, make a complete meal that's perfect for using up leftover holiday ham.

Tip: "The unbaked gratin can be refrigerated overnight," says kemosuave. Return to room temperature before baking."

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Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

"The creamy cheese sauce and the tender potatoes in this classic French dish combine to make a deliciously addictive experience," says CathyM. "It's a great side dish with a roast pork loin or beef tenderloin."

Tip: "To avoid lumps in your sauce, add the milk just a little at a time as you stir the flour and butter. Experiment with different cheeses for variety," says CathyM.

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Baked Scalloped Potatoes

Baked Scalloped Potatoes close up
Maria Elena

"A warm and cozy comfort food that goes great with anything, fancy or plain," says Denyse.

Tip: "Use whatever type of condensed cream soup you like," says Denyse. "I normally use broccoli, mushroom, or chicken depending on the accompanying entree."

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Pork Chops with Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Pork Chops with Creamy Scalloped Potatoes on a turquoise dish
Joey Joan

Tender pork chops are baked with creamy scalloped potatoes with just a hint of thyme and Dijon mustard.

Tip: "I used my food processor with Yukons, a yellow onion, and a few fresh Serrano peppers from my garden, cleaned of tips and stems," says Eric da Butcher. "Also I washed off my potatoes with water to get the excess starch out of the potatoes, then air dried them on stacks of roll towel."

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Poutine Style Scalloped Potatoes

Far from routine, these scalloped potatoes get the poutine treatment. They're baked with plenty of cheese and gravy.

Tip: Try it with bread crumbs on top, too.

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Herbed Scalloped Potatoes and Onions

Herbed Scalloped Potatoes and Onions in a red dish
Baking Nana

This five-star scalloped potatoes recipe doesn't call for cream or milk. Instead, it combines chicken broth with a little mayonnaise. "I was looking for a scalloped potato recipe that was not cream- or milk-based, and I really love this!" says emrstl1. "It came out tasty and the sauce was creamy and delicious."

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Old Irish Scalloped Potatoes

Old Irish Scalloped Potatoes with carrots and corned beef
Baking Nana

These simple scalloped potatoes include butter, half-and-half, and potatoes for a creamy side dish.

Tip: Place a lipped baking sheet or aluminum foil on the rack below the baking dish to catch spills.

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Ham and Scalloped Potatoes

Ham and Scalloped Potatoes in a casserole dish

These scalloped potatoes are smothered in a thick Cheddar cheese sauce and topped with cooked ham. "Delicious!" says Lumielle. "If you prefer a little kick, try adding a dash of cayenne pepper to the sauce."

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Scalloped Potatoes II

Scalloped Potatoes II in a blu and white bowl

A simple classic: thin-sliced potatoes, baked with whole milk, flour, butter, and seasonings until creamy and tender.

Tip: Melyssa Evans recommends boiling the potatoes for 5 minutes first to cut the cooking time in half. She also says, "To get the top of the potatoes browned, you may need to broil them for 5 additional minutes (depending on your oven's cooking capabilities)."

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Crispy Scalloped Potatoes

scalloped potatoes in a red dish

These scalloped potatoes are creamy and crispy without a ton of butter.

Tip: If you're creating a roux, keep Chef John's catchphrase in mind: "Hot roux, cold milk, no lumps."

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Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Bacon

Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Bacon
Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Bacon. Lela

A great recipe for leftover ham. And the bacon helps keep the potatoes from sticking to the casserole dish while adding great flavor. "These are delicious. I love making them, the taste is great," says bountiful-life. "We kept working to improve the recipe until it was exactly the way we wanted it."

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Mom's Scalloped Potatoes

Mom's Scalloped Potatoes in a yellow dish

"This is my idea of scalloped potatoes," raves Debi Carroll. "Other recipes call for so much cheese they become au gratin. This to me is a true scallop potato recipe. Very good!"

Tip: To cut down on baking time, quickly microwave or parboil the potatoes first before layering the potato slices in a baking dish.

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Best Instant Pot® Scalloped Potatoes

scalloped potatoes with crispy cheese topping

Here's a quick-and- easy version of scalloped potatoes that you make in minutes in your Instant Pot.

Tip: "Nice flavors," says SZYQ1, "and a time saver instead of baking the potatoes for an hour in the oven. The potatoes were perfectly tender and not mushy. My only real change would be to stir the potatoes a little to ensure the potatoes are evenly coated with the sauce."

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Mom's Scalloped Potato Gratin

Mom's Scalloped Potato Gratin
Mom's Scalloped Potato Gratin. Chef John

"These scalloped potatoes were one of my favorite foods growing up," says Chef John. "But then I went to culinary school and learned, according to classical methods, how it was 'supposed' to be made -- and that's how I've been making it ever since. But recently, for whatever reason, I went back and tried to recreate my mother's version and was reminded of why I loved hers in the first place."

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Mama Moe's Scalloped Potatoes

mama moe's scalloped potatoes
Kim Cornelison

You'll slice Yukon Gold potatoes and layer them with a creamy sauce and Cheddar cheese before baking to tender and golden brown. "So full of flavor and cheesy!" says Stephanie. "Yummy!"

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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham in a white bowl over a green and white dish towel
Culinary Envy

"This cheesy scalloped potatoes and ham-layered casserole dish features buttery potatoes and sweet hickory ham baked in a double Jack and Cheddar cheese sauce," says Culinary Envy. "It's a quick and easy recipe that's perfect this time of year as a holiday side dish or delicious anytime as a cozy meal on a chilly night!"

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