If you believe as I do, that the side dishes make the feast, then you absolutely, positively need this recipe for the BEST homemade Scalloped Potatoes.

Easy Scalloped Potatoes with rosemary in a baking dish

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My love of sides (here’s looking at you Mashed Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts Mac and Cheese, and Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole) led me to create this recipe for these creamy scalloped potatoes with goat cheese. 

With just one bite, I knew I could declaredly state that these are my absolute favorite and (dare I say it?…I do!) the best scalloped potatoes recipe.

EVER.

Today’s modern take is cheesy and indulgent, but without any fuss, largely thanks to the fact that I managed to find a way to make these scalloped potatoes without béchamel sauce. HOORAY!

Best Scalloped Potatoes recipe in a casserole dish and on plates

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“My new favorite side dish recipe! I’ll be dreaming about this until I make it again!”

— Jennifer —

These potatoes taste decadent and memorable enough for something special but won’t weigh you down after just a few bites.

The only thing more heavenly than the rich aroma that perfumes the kitchen as these homemade scalloped potatoes bake is the glory of actually eating them.

If potatoes are a staple on your family’s Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas menu too (or, if you’d immediately like to make them a part of that list), then grab your spuds, and let’s get cooking!

homemade scalloped potatoes for a crowd with rosemary in a baking dish

What’s the Difference Between Scalloped Potatoes and Au Gratin?

  • Scalloped potatoes are thinly sliced potatoes layered in a casserole dish and baked with heavy cream or milk.
  • Potatoes au gratin has grated cheese sprinkled between the layers, so they taste more decadent. Breadcrumbs are also often sprinkled on top of the dish before it goes into the oven. (Does that make this a Brussels Sprouts Gratin?)

Another difference between scalloped potatoes and potatoes au gratin: the potatoes are usually sliced more thinly for potatoes au gratin versus scalloped potatoes.

I’ll add that, while there are key differences in these two dishes, the two terms are used fairly interchangeably, including by some major, well-respected food websites.

So which are these? They have thinly sliced potatoes, milk, and cheese, so they are a combo of both.

Call them whatever you like, they taste amazing.

healthy scalloped potatoes on a plate

How to Make Scalloped Potatoes

For this scalloped potatoes recipe, I decided to take the characteristics that make this dish so popular—the velvety texture, the layers upon layers of creamy potatoes, and that yummy, cheesy lid—then amp up the flavor in a great big way.

Dietary Note

Looking to make scalloped potatoes gluten free? No changes needed! This recipe is gluten free as written.


The Ingredients

  • Yukon Gold Potatoes. Yukon Gold potatoes are my recommended best potatoes for this recipe (and Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes). Read why below.

The Best Potatoes for Scalloped Potatoes

  • For scalloped potatoes, look for a potato that is starchy. Starchy potatoes help thicken the sauce and are more tender.
  • There are two varieties of starchy potatoes that are readily available: russet potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes.
  • Between the two, I find the best potatoes for homemade scalloped potatoes are Yukon gold potatoes. Their flavor is naturally richer and more buttery than russet potatoes, resulting in a more full-flavored dish. Yukon gold potatoes also hold their shape well, even after they’re baked.
  • Avoid waxy red-skinned potatoes. Because they are less starchy, they are likely to be too firm, even after being baked.
  • Goat Cheese. While you may have tried scalloped potatoes without cheese, the goat cheese adds the creamy decadence and mouthfeel that these potatoes demand, along with a subtle tang that makes the recipe taste far more interesting. (If you love goat cheese serve these Fig Goat Cheese Appetizer Bites as an appetizer.)

Substitution Tip

While goat cheese is my recommendation, if you or someone in your family are opposed and not to be persuaded otherwise, dice cream cheese and dot it between the layers of potato slices instead.

  • Parmesan Cheese. Salty, cheesy, and wonderful when paired with the goat cheese…and just about everything else.
  • Whole Milk. The secret to obtaining a perfectly creamy, tender texture without using cream.
  • Garlic and Rosemary. Two other big flavor boosters. They give the potatoes the much-needed freshness that other from-scratch scalloped potatoes recipes often lack.
the best homemade scalloped potatoes lightened up without heavy cream

The Directions

  1. Slice your potatoes.

TIP!

  • Slice the potatoes ultra-thin. Part of what makes these quick scalloped potatoes is how thinly the potatoes are sliced.
  • Thinner potatoes bake faster and become unbelievably tender. The layers almost melt into each other in the most wonderful way that you never would have realized you were missing but will never want to be without again.
  • For best results, I recommend a mandoline for even, razor-thin slices that don’t need to cook before layering them.
thinly sliced potatoes in a bowl
  1. Place the potatoes in a large bowl, and add olive oil and spices. Toss to coat.
a layer of thinly sliced yukon gold potatoes in a baking dish
  1. Spread a portion of the potato slices in the bottom of the casserole dish.
sprinkling goat cheese oven thinly sliced potatoes in a baking dish
  1. Then scatter with goat cheese. Repeat the steps, making layers.
scalloped potatoes in a casserole dish ready to bake in the oven
  1. Pour milk over the top of the dish, then finish it off with Parmesan cheese.
bubbly healthy scalloped potatoes fresh from the oven ready to serve
  1. Baked scalloped potatoes covered at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake 15 minutes more, until bubbly and golden. Top with rosemary, and serve hot. ENJOY!

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Place cooked and cooled leftovers in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. You can make these potatoes ahead and reheat them. Gently reheat leftovers in an oven-safe baking dish covered with foil in the oven at 350 degrees F until warmed through, adding additional splashes of milk as needed. You can also reheat this dish in the microwave until hot, though I recommend the oven for the best texture.
  • To Freeze. Store cooked and cooled leftovers in a freezer-safe storage container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. Note that potatoes do tend to become mealy when frozen, so only freeze as a last resort, or if you don’t mind a less than optimal texture.

Meal Prep Tip

If you know you’re going to freeze your potatoes, I recommend not cooking them all the way. The potatoes will hold up better in the freezer, and you will finish the baking process when you’re ready to reheat them.

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What to Serve with Scalloped Potatoes

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Easy Scalloped Potatoes with rosemary in a baking dish

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are They Called Scalloped Potatoes?

While the specific reasoning for the name is still a mystery, many speculate that it may reference the “scalloped” shape that the potato slices make when they’re assembled in the dish. Others believe the name could have originated from “collops,” which is an Old English word meaning “to slice meat thinly” and could refer to the thinly sliced potatoes.

How to Double a Scalloped Potatoes Recipe?

Because this scalloped potatoes recipe isn’t very saucy to begin with, if doubling the recipe, I suggest doing 2.5 times the amount of milk and cheese to ensure there’s plenty of cheesy sauce to cover the potatoes. If you like your scalloped potatoes extra saucy, you may even want to consider tripling the amount of milk and cheese if preparing these scalloped potatoes for a crowd.

What Can I Add to Scalloped Potatoes?

If you’re looking for a fun recipe variation, try scalloped potatoes with ham. Simply layer thinly sliced cooked ham between the layers of potatoes before baking then finish as directed (for easy serving, cut the ham into pieces first). Scalloped potatoes with carrots is a great vegetarian scalloped potatoes twist. Thinly slice carrots and intermix them with the potato slices before baking.

Easy Scalloped Potatoes with rosemary in a baking dish

Scalloped Potatoes

4.93 from 14 votes
The best scalloped potatoes recipe! Easy scalloped potatoes lightened up with goat cheese and made without cream—PLUS garlic and rosemary.

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 1 hr 10 mins

Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 pounds small Yukon gold potatoes scrubbed with peels on*
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a 1 1/2  to 2-quart casserole dish with baking spray. Set aside.
  • With a mandoline or sharp chef's knife, slice the potatoes into very thin slices, 1/8-inch-thick or less. Place the potatoes in a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with the minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat the slices as evenly as you can.
  • Spread 1/3 of the potato slices in the bottom of the prepared dish.
  • Crumble half of the goat cheese over the top. Repeat with the next 1/3 of the potatoes, the remaining goat cheese, and finish by layering on the final third of the potatoes. The potatoes may discard some liquid as they rest in the bowl. If this happens, simply leave the liquid in the bottom bowl and shake the potato slices gently in your hands to remove excess liquid before layering them in the dish.
  • Pour the milk evenly over the top of the dish, then sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
  • Cover the dish with foil, bake for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake for 15 additional minutes, until the top has browned. Scatter the rosemary over the top. Serve hot.

Notes

  • *I do not recommend russet potatoes for this recipe, as they have less flavor, a dryer texture, and thicker skin than Yukon golds.
  • TO MAKE AHEAD: The dish can be prepared through Step 3 one day in advance (wait to add the milk/cheese until just before you bake). Store covered in the refrigerator, let come to room temperature, then continue with the recipe as directed.
  • TO MAKE FOR A CROWD: This recipe can be doubled and baked in a 3-quart casserole dish. You may need to adjust the baking time.
  • TO STORE: Place cooked and cooled leftovers in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 
  • TO REHEAT: Gently reheat leftovers in an oven-safe baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees F until warmed through, adding a splash of broth as needed. You can also reheat this dish in the microwave until hot.
  • TO FREEZE: Store cooked and cooled leftovers in a freezer-safe storage container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 6Calories: 244kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 9gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 17mgPotassium: 520mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 322IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 113mgIron: 1mg

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  1. I absolutely loved this dish.  Will add it to ” My Favorites recipes” section.
    Thanks soooo much.5 stars

    1. I’m so happy to hear the Lori! Thanks so much for trying the recipe and letting me know how it turned out for you.

  2. If you double this recipie, you have to almost triple the milk.  I only doubled it and it made no sauce, it was very dry.

    1. Hi Tricia, the recipe isn’t very saucy to begin with, so adding more milk when doubling is a good tip if you would like it more on the saucy side! Thank you for trying the recipe, and I hope you enjoy it if you give it another go with your adjustment!

    1. Ashley, not that I am aware of! Personally, I think the honey would be too sweet (and it’s not a flavor I usually put with potatoes), so I’d stick to either plain or to a goat cheese with herbs.

  3. Trying to use up what I have around the house. How do you think some big Idaho potatoes would taste. I don’t have golds right now.

    1. Hi Amy, I think you could use the potatoes you have on hand! I hope you enjoy the potatoes.

    1. Daniele, I think that the potatoes would be more thin and less creamy. I’d recommend sticking with whole milk for this one. It’s worth it!

    1. Kacey, you could try dicing cream cheese and dotting it between the layers. I haven’t done that myself because I happen to be a goat cheese lover so you’d be experiementing, but think it would be worth a try!

  4. Yummy! Such a delicious recipe! I have made scalloped potatoes before but in between layers I have used Ricotta Cheese. It is also so delicious.5 stars

    1. Hi Brittany, I haven’t tried it myself, but I think you could swap cream instead. Since it’s thicker than milk, you may need a little extra to evenly distribute it over the potatoes. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  5. Oh my gosh! These potatoes are the most delicious ones I’ve ever had. I made these to take to my son and daughter-in-laws house for Christmas dinner. They were a huge hit and I received many compliments. I doubled the recipe, added about 3/4 cup of milk and they turned out perfect. I really should have tripled it as there was not one bit left over. I will definitely be making these again.. I have to add these are very easy to make as well.5 stars

  6. First of all, I love goat cheese! …so knew this recipe was worth a try.  No it is not exactly the same as traditional scalloped potatoes, all saucy and such, but oh my goodness this was delicious. Perfection really. We loved it. Thank you for this recipe! 5 stars

    1. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed this recipe, Cindy! Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review!

  7. The flavor was amazing, but my potatoes weren’t done. I followed the directions to a tee even using a mandoline. I even left them in 3 minutes longer to make sure the tops were browned.4 stars

    1. Andrea, I’m sorry to hear that! Different pans conduct heat differently so that might be why, and it could also be possible that even with a mandoline, your potatoes were still thicker than the ones I used. If this happens again, you can simply cover the pan and keep on baking them until they are tender. Glad you liked the flavor!

  8. Loved these scalloped potatoes with goats cheese. I couldn’t find Yukon gold potatoes so I used Russet, even though Erin doesn’t recommend them and they turned out great.5 stars

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    1. Hi Jacqueline, I have no idea what you are saying. I have not requested anything. If you are trying to pin this to Pinterest, all you have to do is hit the Pin it for later button right under the very first photo. If you are having other issues, please send screenshots to hello@wellplated.com so we can help you get it fixed, if it is something on our end.

  10. Delicious and fun to prepare. My family loved these potatoes! Incorporating goat cheese was a hit. Thanks, Well Plated!5 stars

  11. I am making these today… no goat cheese on hand but I have a queso semi soft (crumbling) cheese… I think I will try that and omit the rosemary. I will let you know!

  12. I have never been a big fan of scalloped potatoes. This recipe changed my mind. The Yukon gold potatoes sliced thinly were perfectly cooked and full of flavor. The minced garlic was just enough zip. I used cream cheese in layers. Next time I will keep it colder to cut into smaller pieces. The fresh Parmesan on top was beautiful to see when potatoes were done. My husband really liked it too. I’ll be adding this dish to my everyday sides. It went together quick and easy. Thanks Erin for another highly recommended side dish.5 stars