My Best Scalloped Potatoes
These are the BEST scalloped potatoes you can make. Why? Because this is such an easy and fool-proof way to make them. In German this is called "Kartoffelgratin" and is so German - it uses whipping cream, of course! And, that makes it gluten-free! No, this isn't the low-fat way to eat potatoes, but my recipe for scalloped potatoes is among the most delicious.
My method works all the time. It's great for first-time chefs because it's so delicious AND easy! What a great way to eat German potatoes, German-style!
1. Best Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
- 5 - 6 lbs potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
- salt and pepper
- 2 - 2½ cups whipping cream
- 1 - 2 cups grated cheese, preferably Emmentaler (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Grease casserole dish (a larger shallow dish is better than a deep one - there's more crust to enjoy!)
- Place separated potato slices in the dish in rows, as if you were shingling a roof, by overlapping rows. Once your dish is almost full, push the rows back so that they are almost vertical against the back of the dish. Now keep adding rows of potato slices, pushing back as the dish is filling. (Your rows will almost be vertical in the end.)
- Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Pour whipping cream over the potatoes.
- Bake, uncovered, for about 60 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, if using, and continue baking for about another 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender and top is nicely browned.
- Serves 6 - 8
- Sprinkle 1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme or marjoram.
- You can add 1 sliced red onion to the potatoes if you wish..
2. Helen's Easy Scalloped Potatoes
Here's my sister's way of making scalloped potatoes. Tastes creamy without using cream!
- Layer pan with sliced partly boiled potatoes.
- Spread grated onion and green pepper on potatoes.
- Add ½ can of undiluted mushroom soup.
- Add more sliced potatoes over top.
- Cover with more grated onions and green pepper.
- Add the rest of undiluted mushroom soup.
- Mix another can of mushroom soup with equal amount of milk.
- Pour over top and bake at 350° F. till done.
Why my dish is so easy ...
- If you've made scalloped potatoes before, you know the mess
'the flour and milk method' makes - when it boils out of the baking
dish all over the oven or is still watery when you serve (or worse, yet,
lumpy!). That doesn't happen with this method!
- The best part of this dish? Why, it's the top crust, of course. That's why I always use a fairly large dish, so the potato layer is not too thick and there's a large top surface. Make sure you grease the dish well.
- If you have really new potatoes, you can always leave the skin on. That does make it healthier. Just wash the potatoes really well!
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