Scalloped Potatoes is the Old-School Side Dish You Should Be Making
In my family, there is a magic glass casserole dish. Its reddish/brown color and delicate ribs bring both an intense joy and a deep sense of dread. In this magic pan, my aunt makes her scalloped potatoes and while you will be the luckiest dinner guest ever should you walk into her kitchen and it be resting, bubbling out of the lid, on her perfect granite counters, you will also simultaneously fear being the sucker who has to clean the damn thing. #worthit
And herein lies the problem: scalloped potatoes seem hard. It’s lasagna’s more basic cousin—less saucy, still as fussy—the potatoes need to be sliced just so, it cooks for a long time, the sauce can break. But remember this is not au gratin, this is scalloped, and it is inherently easier to make. The difference between the two is that scalloped are less fussy—the potatoes are cut thicker and technically there is only cream or milk and no Gruyere (although there is cheese). Also, scalloped potatoes immediately recall the box kind from Betty Crocker or the Campbell’s can.
WATCH: How to Make Classic Scalloped Potatoes
I’m not going to lie, the scalloped potatoes of my dreams involve a can of Campbell’s cheddar cheese soup, Velveeta, and thinly sliced onions—kind of like this version. But scalloped potatoes, done like this classic version, make for an easy, delicious, make-ahead or take with you side dish that feels special without requiring anything special. Also, unlike au gratin potatoes, this is an infinitely customizable dish.
Scalloped potatoes may seem old school, but trust me—make this classic dish for holiday dinners and neither you nor your guests will regret it. Here are some of our best scalloped potato recipes, from classic and cheesy to twists with ham, apple cider, chiles, and more.
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes (Cheese, lots of cheese!)
From the Slow Cooker:
Dauphinois (very French):
With Apple Cider!
Scalloped Potatoes with a Kick:
And with Dijon:
Also, here is the dream casserole dish for good measure. This round, glass dish will render your scalloped potatoes bubbly, gooey, and perfectly golden-brown.