A recipe for the best cheesy and creamy scalloped potatoes, featuring sliced Russet potatoes, Gouda Cheese, and Gruyere Cheese. The perfect addition to any family-style or holiday meal!
Many of our dinnertime sides were quick-fixes, pre-packaged or canned, and I can remember the excitement that would fester within my little body on the nights my mother announced we would be having scalloped potatoes with our dinner. Even if they did come from a box, I adored those thin, little slices of potato, drenched in a melty cheese sauce, and in my youthful opinion, cooked to bubbly perfection. Little did I know then, those boxed potatoes couldn’t even hold a candle to real-deal, creamy scalloped potatoes.
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CREAMY SCALLOPED POTATOES
I’ve done quite a bit of experimenting when it comes to scalloped potatoes, and I’ve found the best way to make Creamy Scalloped Potatoes home is to begin on the stovetop and then move to the oven to finish baking. I first came across this method via is Emeril’s scalloped potatoes, and after trying various methods, I can assure you, there is no better way to get evenly cooked scalloped potatoes; especially if you do not have a mandoline, and your knife skills are not stellar.
START WITH A SIMMER
Allowing the sliced potatoes to simmer, submerged in cream on the stovetop before transferring to an au gratin dish, allows each potato to soften up, rather than just those across the top and the sides of the dish, and ensures the potatoes in the middle of the au gratin dish from will not be under-done. A problem that often occurs when cooking scalloped potatoes solely in the oven.
Once the scalloped potatoes have simmered away in the cream, they are then removed and placed in the au gratin dish in two layers, with a generous amount of cheese in the middle and on top. The potatoes are covered and baked for 20 minutes. Then, the foil is removed and they are allowed to bake 10 minutes more to develop that beautiful, golden color.
HOW LONG TO COOK SCALLOPED POTATOES IN THE OVEN
Because this method of cooking scalloped potatoes first begins on the stove-top, the time spent in the oven is much less than traditional cooking methods and requires no more than 30 minutes in the oven.
MAKING THE POTATOES EXTRA CREAMY
So how do you make creamy scalloped potatoes? Well, I hate to say it, but the answer is heavy whipping cream. I’ve tried scalloped potatoes with a roux, I’ve tried them with milk, I’ve tried them with half and half, and trust me when I say, if you want perfectly creamy scalloped potatoes, you should bite the bullet, and use cream and only cream.
The fat content in the cream helps to prevent curdling and creates a luscious sauce that makes scalloped potatoes the decadent treat that it is.
BEST CHEESES FOR SCALLOPED POTATOES
This recipe was developed over time, tested over and over again until the formula was just right. The cheeses play in important role in the flavor of the potatoes — the mixture of Gouda and Gruyere give the sauce a beautiful complexity and a whole lot of stretchy cheesy goodness.
I serve these Creamy Scalloped Potatoes up every Christmas day, alongside roasted prime rib and spinach, and at big family dinners throughout the year. People not only go crazy for them, but they also go back for seconds as well. Which brings me to the next point: They feed a crowd, making them absolutely perfect for entertaining. They are total perfection, I love them, my family loves them and I promise, you will love them too. Please, enjoy.
Which brings me to the next point: They feed a crowd, making them absolutely perfect for entertaining. They are total perfection, I love them, my family loves them and I promise, you will love them too. Please, enjoy.
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A recipe for the best cheesy and creamy scalloped potatoes, featuring sliced Russet potatoes, Gouda Cheese, and Gruyere Cheese.
- 3 pounds Russet potatoes about 3 medium-sized potatoes
- 4 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups freshly grated Gouda (or Smoked Gouda) cheese
- 2 cups freshly grated Gruyere cheese
Preheat the oven to 400° and have ready a large, greased au gratin pan.
Rinse and peel the potatoes. Using either a sharp knife or a mandoline, cut the potatoes in slices no thicker than an 1/8". Transfer to a medium-sized saucepan and pour over cream, salt and pepper. Stir and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer.
Reduce heat to maintain a constant simmer, placing lid slightly ajar. Watch pot so that it does not boil over. Stir occasionally, and remove from the heat once the potatoes are fork tender, about 12 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine the two cheeses and mix together. Set aside until ready to use.
Using a skimmer or a slotted spoon, transfer half of the potatoes to the prepared pan, and sprinkle with half of the cheese. Do not discard of the cooking liquid. Add the remaining potatoes and sprinkle over the rest of the cheese. Pour the cream evenly over the potatoes and cover with aluminum foil.
If possible, transfer the prepared pan to a heavy duty baking sheet to keep any drippings from hitting the floor of your oven. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 10 minutes more, until golden and bubbly. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes, serve and enjoy.