This quick and easy scalloped potatoes recipe is the healthiest way to recreate one of America’s delicious takes on potatoes. It’s low in saturated fat compared to most scalloped potatoes recipes, and yet, it’s fragrant with butter, garlic, and cheese.
Although scalloped potatoes are often served as a side dish for meat, we think it’s also great for breakfast. It’s easy, it reheats well, and it’s wholesome.
Let’s get to know more about this delicacy, shall we?
Scalloped Potatoes and Au Gratin Potatoes
If you’re familiar with the Pixar animation film “Ratatouille”, you may have seen the delicate dish of the same name. It belongs to the “gratin” dishes, a bake of vegetables sliced thinly and arranged neatly, one slice over another.
Similarly, “au gratin potatoes” are prepared by slicing potatoes thinly with a mandoline and arranging them into a baking dish. Then, it is baked with a rich sauce made of cream and cheese, which has a stunning flavor profile.
Compared to its French alternative, scalloped potatoes have thick slices of potatoes and are cooked in a more aromatic sauce. The sauce is made by sautéing garlic and onions in butter, which, as you can guess, is super fragrant.
Are Quick and Easy Scalloped Potatoes Healthy?
Potatoes often get a bad rap for being carby and unhealthy. This misconception stems from the fact that french fries are unhealthy.
French fries, or deep-fried foods in general, tend to pack more unhealthy calories, which can cause you to put on more weight. Foods fried using hydrolyzed oil are even more unhealthy, as they contain trans fat.
Meanwhile, potatoes are a good source of carbs to include in your diet.
Besides potatoes, the traditional recipe calls for plenty of butter. Butter contains fat, and the majority of this fat is saturated fat, which the USDA advises to limit.
Knowing that, we adjusted our scalloped potatoes recipe so the saturated fat content stays within allowance. Specifically, each serving only has 7 grams, less than 30% of the daily recommended amount.
Calories in Scalloped Potatoes
Each serving of our quick and easy scalloped potatoes recipe gives around 372 calories. Most of the calories come from potatoes, which, again, is a clean source of carbohydrates. For half the calories per serving, try our 20-minute Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe.
What Goes With Quick and Easy Scalloped Potatoes
You can add more toppings to this quick and easy scalloped potatoes to make it taste even better:
Baked/pan-fried bacon strips would add a good amount of umami to any savory dish, including this scalloped potatoes.
Bacon needs around 10-15 minutes to cook, so you can fry them in a pan to save time. If you’re concerned about the excess oil, simply discard the oil and pat them dry with paper towels.
As a fat-free alternative of bacon, ham also adds tons of flavors to your dish. Its texture is perfect for those who have a soft spot for tenderness.
You can chop your ham and sprinkle them on top of your potatoes, or char them a bit first. A skillet and a dash of neutral oil would do.
3. Cream of Mushroom Soup
By using cream of mushroom soup, you might not even need any other seasoning. This concoction is extra creamy and has chewy button mushrooms that add a lot of flavors.
As health enthusiasts, we always use as many fresh ingredients as possible to avoid consuming preservatives and excess fat/sodium. So instead of getting this creamy soup in a can, make it at home using our recipe right here.
How to Make Homemade Quick and Easy Scalloped Potatoes
This is the short version of our quick and easy scalloped potatoes recipe to give you a quick overview. The detailed version is listed below, in the recipe card section.
Start by preheating the oven to 400°F.
Step 1: Make the sauce by cooking onions and garlic in butter.
Step 2: Add seasonings, flour, milk, and cream.
Step 3: Arrange the sliced potatoes in the baking dish.
Step 4: Cover with foil and bake.
Step 5: Sprinkle cheese and broil.
Step 6: Serve.
Tips for Making Scalloped Potatoes
1. Pre-Boiling Scalloped Potatoes or not?
If you’re afraid the slices won’t cook through because they’re too thick, fear not. The added liquid in the baking step will help cook the potatoes evenly, assuring tender potato slices.
Pre-boiling the potatoes can easily make them overcooked, plus it adds one more item to your dishwasher.
2. Check for Cooked Potatoes
Things might happen and it’s okay if your potatoes are undercooked— you just need to cook them a little longer.
The thing is, how do you know it’s undercooked without trying it out? Remember it’s crazy hot just coming out of the oven.
The trick is to use a toothpick and plunge it into a potato slice. If it goes through with too much resistance, your potatoes need 10-15 minutes extra in the oven.
Otherwise, your potatoes are ready to be served.
Can You Freeze Scalloped Potatoes?
The morning routine can be overwhelming, so you may consider preparing potatoes the night before. It is indeed more convenient, but sliced potatoes turn dark very quickly, which does not make for an appealing dish.
Instead, you can bake the dish like usual and preserve it in the freezer. It allows you to keep the potatoes for up to a week.
Here is your to-do list after the potatoes are baked:
- Leave the potatoes to cool completely before cutting into portions.
- Place each portion on plates, cover with plastic wrap, and store them in the freezer.
- To reheat the potatoes, transfer them to oven-safe plates/containers and bake them for about 30 minutes at 350°F.
The bottom line is, by making this recipe ahead of time, you’re saving 55 minutes in the morning!
What to Serve With Quick and Easy Scalloped Potatoes
Quick and easy scalloped potatoes by itself is delicious, but it doesn’t make a healthy, wholesome meal.
Here are some options that you can pair the potatoes with:
Oven-baked chicken is a simple option to pair with scalloped potatoes. It’s quick to cook, can be seasoned to your liking, and takes little time to prepare.
You can use any part of the chicken. We find chicken legs/thighs more appealing than its other parts.
If you have a favorite spice rub recipe, feel free to use that and season the chicken the night before. If you don’t, have a look at our oven-baked chicken recipe just for the idea.
2. Pork Chops
Baked pork chops are another great option if you have spare time. Do it right and you’ll have juicy pork chops packed with all sorts of flavors to enjoy with the potatoes.
And by “do it right”, we meant proper method, careful timing, and most important of all, suitable seasonings. We also happen to have this article to cover all of that.
For busy mornings, you may not have time to lay a hand on anything else but reheating leftovers. With a smoothie, this is no longer a problem.
After you make the scalloped potatoes to reheat in the morning, wash and measure out ingredients for this easy smoothie. We bet it’ll take only seconds to get them inside the blender and blend them all together.We’re serving our scalloped potatoes with banana strawberry smoothie. The smoothie’s sweetness really rounds off the tender, rich, flavorful potatoes.
Quick and Easy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
- 2.2 lb russet potato sliced
- 1/2 tbsp butter
- 4 oz onion finely chopped
- 2 tbsp garlic minced
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/4 tsp thyme dried
- 1 cup unsalted chicken broth
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 3 oz mozzarella cheese shredded
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Melt butter over medium heat in a pot, then sautée onions and garlic for about 3 minutes, or until translucent.
- Stir in flour, salt, pepper, chicken stock, milk, and cream, and cook for 3 minutes, or until it starts to bubble.
- Arrange the potato slices in the casserole dish in even layers and pour the sauce over them. Using a spatula, fill all visible gaps with onion bits to get a nice, flat surface.
- Cover with tin foil and bake for 1 hour.
- Uncover and sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Broil for about 3-4 minutes, or until it is golden brown on the surface.
- Sprinkle thyme and serve.