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Best Scalloped Potatoes – Oma's Kartoffelgratin

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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 heavy (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.

German scalloped potatoes and made with whipping cream, of course (gluten-free!)

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! 

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Below you can see my granddaughter Lydia's version of scalloped potatoes. This recipe is one that her Mutti has used for years.

To create the sauce for on top, she mixes mushroom soup, onion soup mix, flour, and milk. Also, with a cheese layer in between each layer of potatoes! So much flavor and cheesy goodness. Lecker!

Lydia's scalloped potatoes

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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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 heavy (whipping) cream, of course!

And, that makes it gluten-free! No, this isn't the low-fat way to eat potatoes, but it is most delicious.

Prep Time

20 minutes

Bake Time

90 minutes

Total Time

110 minutes

Servings:

Makes 6 - 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 5 - 6 pounds potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 - 2½ cups heavy (whipping) cream
  • 1 - 2 cups grated cheese, preferably Emmentaler (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Grease casserole dish (a larger shallow dish is better than a deep one - there's more crust to enjoy!)
  3. 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.)
  4. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  5. Pour heavy cream over the potatoes.
  6. 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.

Notes/Hints:

  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or marjoram.
  • You can add 1 sliced red onion to the potatoes, if you wish.

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These are the BEST scalloped potatoes you can make because this is such an easy and foolproof way to make them. Not only that, but they are Gluten Free, using heavy (whipping) cream to thicken!

Cook time: 2 hours total time
Yield: 6 - 8 servings
Ingredients: potatoes, heavy (whipping) cream, cheese, seasonings,

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