These cheesy potatoes are as delicious as they are easy to prepare. This cheesy side dish recipe is great with any meal and makes a perfect side for the holidays.
Is there a more iconic side dish than anything made with potatoes? No. The answer is no. From mashed and smashed to stewed, fried, baked, and more, this humble tuber has become the side of choice for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even at events like holidays and potlucks. It’s just such a versatile vegetable, and it absorbs flavors so well. Over the years, I’ve made more than my share of potato sides, making everything I just mentioned and then some for almost every occasion. While mashed potatoes are high on my list, they’re followed closely by anything involving cheese, especially this super easy cheesy potatoes recipe.
I love to make these potatoes for family dinners, potlucks, and holiday gatherings. They go so well with everything, that there’s never really a wrong time to make them. They’re also so delicious that I love being able to enjoy the leftovers the next day. I think after you give this recipe a try, you’ll be just as in love with it as I am.
Like all scalloped potato recipes, this one is easy to make and full of flavor. It starts with russet potatoes that are peeled and sliced thinly. Then, I make a delicious, creamy cheese sauce, add it all to a baking dish, and cook it until it’s hot, bubbly, and delicious. That’s it. That’s all there is to it. It’s incredibly easy to make, but that doesn’t mean it’s not also full of flavor. Between the creamy cheese sauce and the zesty seasonings, this classic potato side dish explodes with flavor in each and every bite, and you can serve it with almost anything!
Why You’ll Love These Easy Cheesy Potatoes
- They’re creamy, cheesy, and delicious.
- They’re a delicious, all-purpose side dish recipe.
- Everyone loves these baked cheesy spuds!
Cheesy Potatoes Tips and Variations
While this is a very straightforward recipe, I have some tips that will help you make it great, not just good. I’ve also put together some variations that I think you’ll enjoy.
- If you have a mandolin slicer, this recipe is the perfect time to use it so you can get thin, uniformly-sliced potatoes.
- If you don’t have a mandolin, use a very sharp knife to control the cuts precisely. Always watch your fingers!
- Whisk the entire time that you’re making your cheese sauce so it doesn’t stick or burn.
- Sprinkled crumbled crispy bacon over the potatoes..
- Try adding cooked breakfast or Italian sausage over the potatoes before adding the sauce.
- For extra flavor and richness, add a little sour cream to the sauce.
- Layer your potatoes with diced ham.
- Top your potatoes with even more cheese before baking.
What to Serve with This Cheesy Potato Casserole
Scalloped cheesy potatoes are such a great side dish because they go with almost anything. You can serve them with just about any protein you can think of, so there’s never a wrong time to put it on the table. Serve these potatoes with:
- Any beef recipe
- Any pork recipe
- And, any chicken recipe
- Crab, shrimp, and lobster recipes
I’m not kidding even a little bit. You can literally serve these potatoes with anything you like!
Topping Options for Cheesy Potatoes
Before serving, try adding:
- Green onions or scallions
- Crumbled bacon
- Cooked sausage
Scalloped Potatoes FAQ
If you have questions about this recipe, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about scalloped potatoes.
What does scalloped mean in potatoes?
The term refers to baking sliced potatoes in a creamy sauce, either herb-infused or cheese-filled.
Where do scalloped potatoes originate from?
No one knows exactly where this potato dish was first made, but many believe it originated in England. The most prevalent theory is that all scalloped dishes come from the same original dish – baked oysters with bread crumbs.
How long will cheesy potatoes last?
They’ll keep well for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
What are the best potatoes for scalloped potatoes?
Starchy potatoes like russet or Yukon Gold are best for this dish. Their high starch content helps thicken the sauce and allows the potatoes to bake up nice and tender.
Can I make this dish ahead of time?
Absolutely. Simply slice your potatoes the day before and leave them in a bowlful of water to prevent them from browning. Then, make your potatoes the next day. Alternately, you can fully bake the dish, and then reheat it the next day. This recipe reheats very well.
Can you freeze scalloped potatoes?
They freeze very well. Let them cool completely, then wrap the entire dish with a double layer of cling wrap and a layer of foil Freeze for up to 3 months!
How to Make Ahead, Store, and Reheat Leftovers
To make these potatoes ahead of time, simply make the recipe per the directions and then refrigerate it until ready to serve. And, to store leftovers, place them in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze them in their original dish or an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
To reheat, place them in an oven-safe dish and bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 300 degrees. You can also microwave them at 50% power for 3 to 5 minutes. The oven makes for better potatoes, but the microwave is faster.
Cheesy Potatoes Ingredients
It only takes a few simple ingredients to make this dish. You’ll find everything you need easily at your local grocery store.
- Russet potatoes, peeled, sliced ⅛ inch thick
- Onion, chopped
- Garlic powder
- Black pepper
- Slap Ya Mama seasoning, or any Cajun seasoning
- All-purpose flour
- Whole milk
- Sharp cheddar cheese
How to Make Cheesy Potatoes
Making these potatoes is just as simple as the ingredient list. It only takes a few minutes and a few simple steps.
Step 1: Prep
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter a 2 ½-quart baking dish or spray with a non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
Step 2: Cook the Onions
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Then, add the onions, garlic salt, pepper, and Slap Ya Mama seasoning. Stir and cook until the onions are translucent.
Step 3: Make the Sauce
Sprinkle flour over the onions and cook until smooth. Then, gradually pour the milk into the skillet, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened. Finally, add the shredded cheese, and stir until melted.
Step 4: Bake
Add the potatoes to the cheese sauce and spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 60 minutes. Then, remove the foil and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Serve with your favorite main and enjoy!
Try This Delicious Cheesy Potato Casserole Recipe Today
These scalloped potatoes are as easy as they are delicious. Loaded with creamy cheese sauce over tender potatoes, it’s the kind of side that some would say is the star of any meal. It’s the perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Give this one a try, and I know you’ll fall in love with how easy and delicious it is just like my family has.
More Delicious Potato Recipes You’ll Enjoy
Cheesy Funeral Potatoes – These delicious potatoes are made with shredded potatoes, two types of cheese, cream of chicken soup, sour cream and seasoned perfectly, and topped with a Ritz crackers topping.
Potato Salad – This delicious and creamy potato salad is a classic side dish recipe that pairs well with any protein, great for backyard BBQs and always a welcomed addition for potlucks or parties.
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes – A delicious potato recipe with a variety of spices, Parmesan cheese and baked until tender on the inside and crispy on the outside..
And, these Cheesy Garlic Scalloped Potatoes, from Great Grub, Delicious Treats, are a hearty, cheesy side dish you’ll enjoy too.
- Preheat oven to 350° and butter a 2 ½ quart baking dish or spray with a non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large skillet, over medium heat, melt butter.
- Add onions, garlic salt, pepper and Slap Ya Mama. Stir and cook until onions are translucent.
- Sprinkle flour over onions and cook until smooth.
- Gradually pour milk into the skillet and stir constantly.
- Bring to a boil and cook until thickened.
- Add shredded cheese, stir until melted and add sliced potatoes.
- Spoon potato mixture into prepared baking dish.
- Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 60 minutes.
- Remove foil and continue to bake until potatoes are tender, 20-25 minutes.
- Serve hot and season with salt and pepper, as desired.
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