These Easy, Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes are smothered in a creamy cheese sauce and baked to perfection. With a quick shortcut, this classic side dish takes less than an hour from start to finish. They are sure to be a hit at your holiday feast.
How to Make Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
I love this recipe because it’s super easy and tastes better than any cheesy potato casserole I’ve ever had. That could be due to the massive amounts of fresh Cheddar cheese in the rich, creamy sauce, but who knows? Most potato casserole recipes I’ve seen (au gratin or scalloped) use raw potatoes and bake the casserole for over an hour, up to an hour and a half or more! The potatoes take quite a while to cook so that lengthy time was necessary. But since we ain’t got time for that, my grandma boiled the potatoes whole and unpeeled first, for about 25 minutes, to cook them most of the way through.
These scalloped potatoes are baked with a basic seasoned white sauce. The potatoes are gently simmered in the sauce before the casserole is baked.
Scalloped potatoes are very versatile. The casserole lends itself to many possible add-ins. Chives or green onions tops add some color to the casserole or saute onions in the butter before you add the flour. And the scalloped potatoes make a hearty main dish with the addition of cheese and diced ham or bacon.
The world of food wouldn’t be complete without scalloped potatoes. They’re a creamy, rich dish that’s literally just cheese and carbs — what more could anyone want? However, most recipes detail how to make the meal for more than one person, which can make trying to make them for yourself a little difficult. So, for all of us out there who want to cook for themselves and not end up with tons and tons of leftovers, I created this cheesy scalloped potatoes recipe for one person. Yes, you read that right.
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