June 19, 2011

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes... the story about a few potatoes that got all dressed up in butter, rich cream and luscious, gooey cheese.

This is a delectable side dish for so many things: pork loin, roasted chicken, roast beef - it's a shame that most people only make it for special or holiday dinners. It's a very simple recipe and oh, so good!

Scalloped Potatoes  Recipe from Martha
3# Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced paper thin
3 cups milk
1 clove garlic
3 T unsalted butter, softened
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup heavy cream
5 oz. Gruyere cheese, grated

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees with a rack set in the lower third of oven. Combine sliced potatoes and milk in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until potatoes are just tender, about 3 minutes.

2. Place colander over a large bowl and drain potatoes, reserving milk. You should have 2 cups of thick, starchy milk. If potatoes have absorbed more than 1 cup of milk, add enough milk to bring the reserved milk volume to 2 cups.

3. Rub a 3-1/2 quart oval baking dish with garlic and butter. Arrange sliced potatoes in the baking dish; season with salt and pepper. Dot with remaining butter and pour over reserved cooking milk and cream. Sprinkle cheese over top.

4. Transfer baking dish to oven and bake until cheese becomes deep golden brown and milk has reduced and thickened, 80-90 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately.


  1. Karen, you knocked these potatoes out of the ballpark- luv scalloped potatoes and I could eat this whole casserole.

  2. Great recipe Karen and looks amazing and delicious, i love that,


  3. All dressed up, but invited anywhere they want to go! I just love the extra touch with the basil (??) as accents. Beautiful photos for a delicious recipe!

  4. Oh geez..... they can come to my house anytime!!
    I love the crispy tops. Mmmm...mmmmm.

  5. You take the prettiest photos Karen - and that dish looks fab.u.lous!

  6. This recipe sound and looks delicious. I just got a slow cooker from my Dad, he is moving to a different apartment, and wanted to be rid of thing concerning the kitchen. :) Last night I made a scalloped potato with ham. My Mom had a few recipes she had written out sitting in the cooker. This own would work great in it.

  7. My family would welcome this dish every week. I love that golden cheesy crust on top. Excellent photo, Karen.

  8. This dish deserves to be eaten DAILY! Looks amazing!

  9. Mmmmm! Scalloped Potatoes are definitely one of my favorites...yours look mouthwatering.

  10. What an absolutely perfect side dish! I love how they look!

  11. Lovely blog! I found you through a comment you left on Bonnie's blog. You said you were visiting your daughter in Walnut Creek? That is my town :) Hope you enjoyed your time here :)

  12. I love you. I hope you know that. But one food dish I absolutely abhor is scalloped potatoes. Yuck! The combination of potatoes and cheese just does not do it for me, in any way. Au Gratin, or cheesy fries, or scalloped, or even skins with any sort of cheese. No, thank you.

    Of course, that leaves more for you and the other folks who love them!

  13. Perfect side dish! Love the cheese on the top.

  14. The potatoes in the market have been especially nice right now so this is perfect timing! How are you? and How is that garden of yours growing?

  15. OMG I'm totally taking a pan full of this to the lake this weekend. I love crunchies -- potatoes with cheese is like heaven on a plate! Thanks for sharing this recipe, you just saved my butt on what to bring lol

  16. Hope you are enjoying your summer Karen! I am sure you are cooking up some great things- miss your updates, but the wait will be worth it!


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