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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes – A Homestyle Family Favorite

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Scalloped potatoes were a holiday tradition when I was growing up. Every Christmas Eve we would have fried fish, scalloped potatoes and oyster stew, along with an assortment of other homemade goodies. Holidays were a time of celebration and plenty. No matter how many people showed up, no one ever went home hungry.

Homemade cheesy scalloped potatoes are old-fashioned comfort food that can be teamed up with ham for a main dish or served "as is" for a side.

The scalloped potato recipe I use is similar to the one my mom used to make, spiced up with a bit of curry and some cheddar cheese. Sometimes I also add ham if I have some on hand, and serve it with veggies on the side for a meal.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour or gluten free flour blend
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pound cheese, thinly sliced or shredded
  • 1-2 cups diced ham, optional

Directions

Grease a 9×13 pan (preferably borosilicate glass or ceramic) or 3 quart casserole dish with butter or lard. Preheat oven to 350 F. Peel or scrub potatoes, slice thinly. Place potatoes in cold water while you make the sauce.

To make the cream sauce. Melt butter over low heat in a medium to large heavy saucepan (one that has room for the potatoes), stirring frequently with a wooden spoon. Blend in flour, pepper and salt. Cook over low heat, stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbly.

Homemade cheesy scalloped potatoes are old-fashioned comfort food that can be teamed up with ham for a main dish or served "as is" for a side.

Stir in milk.

Homemade cheesy scalloped potatoes are old-fashioned comfort food that can be teamed up with ham for a main dish or served "as is" for a side.

Bring mixture to boil, stirring constantly. Boil one minute. Mixture will become thick and creamy. This is a basic white sauce.

Homemade cheesy scalloped potatoes are old-fashioned comfort food that can be teamed up with ham for a main dish or served "as is" for a side.

Add onions and curry powder (if desired) to the sauce. Drain potatoes thoroughly in a colander (I like my over the sink strainer). Pour potatoes into hot warm sauce, toss to coat.

At this point, you can either add the shredded cheese right in the sauce pot, or add in in layers as you place the potatoes in the pan. Stir in ham, if desired. I usually homemade mozzarella or cheddar cheese.

Cover with foil (or lid) and bake for around one hour, until center is bubbling. Remove foil and bake ten minutes more to brown the top. Remove from oven, let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Serves 8-10.

Homemade cheesy scalloped potatoes are old-fashioned comfort food that can be teamed up with ham for a main dish or served "as is" for a side.
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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

This homestyle dish is sure to please with loads of hearty potatoes and creamy cheese sauce.

Ingredients

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  • 4 pounds potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder (optional)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pound cheese, thinly sliced or shredded
  • 12 cups ham, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9×13 pan or 3 quart casserole dish with butter or lard. Preheat oven to 350 F. Peel or scrub potatoes, slice thinly. Place potatoes in cold water while you make the sauce.
  2. To make the cream sauce. Melt butter over low heat in a medium to large heavy saucepan (one that has room for the potatoes), stirring frequently with a wooden spoon. Blend in flour, pepper and salt. Cook over low heat, stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbly.
  3. Stir in milk.
  4. Bring mixture to boil, stirring constantly. Boil one minute. Mixture will become thick and creamy.
  5. Add onions and curry powder (if desired) to sauce. Drain potatoes thoroughly in a colander. Pour potatoes into hot warm sauce, toss to coat. Add ham, if desired.
  6. At this point, you can either add the shredded cheese right in the sauce pot, or add in in layers as you place the potatoes in the pan.
  7. Cover with foil or lid and bake for around one hour, until center is bubbling.
  8. Remove foil and bake ten minutes more to brown the top. Remove from oven, let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

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Originally published in 2011, updated in 2016.

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5 Comments

  1. I am so intrigued by this. I have so much trouble finding scalloped potato recipes, or making them myself that are those from my childhood. I will have to give this a go. Thank you for sharing them. As for my favorite holiday potatoes, I am going to go with a traditional choice, but with a twist. I love camembert mashed potatoes. Happy holidays!

  2. Becky – I hope it works well for you. The camembert mashed potatoes sound great – at least to me! I'm not sure I could sell my husband and boys on them. I'm the flavorful cheese lover in the house. 🙂

  3. Leftover scalloped potatoes make the best and easiest Potato Soup ever. Just add more milk and blend to desired consistency. Shredded old cheddar cheese to top. Thats it.

  4. Sounds wonderful. I will try it this thanksgiving. I like to fix the cheesy potato (funeral potatoes), casserole for a Christmas breakfast. Or Thanksgiving too.

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