Simple Scalloped Potatoes

Published on Apr 22, 2011
Updated on Nov 16, 2018

Scalloped Potatoes with Cheese in a Baking Dish

This Scalloped Potatoes recipe is so simple, and so very delicious! These potatoes are bursting with savory flavors, including garlic, cheese, and milk.
Scalloped Potatoes with Cheese in a Baking Dish

You’ve come to the right place for Simple Scalloped Potatoes! This recipe calls for no-nonsense ingredients and is ready in less than an hour from start to finish. Scalloped Potatoes are not only great for traditional family dinner nights, but are a crowd favorite at Holiday get togethers as well.

Don’t be afraid to tweak this fantastic recipe as needed! Not a fan of nutmeg? Omit it! Don’t have gruyere cheese on hand? Mozzarella or Parmesan would also be great!

Simple Scalloped Potatoes

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Simple Scalloped Potatoes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 164 kcal
Author: Yvonne

These Simple Scalloped Potatoes are cheesy, easy, and great for the holidays.



  • 1 1/2 tbsp. unsalted butter cut into pieces, plus more for brushing
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 2 lbs. russet potatoes peeled and sliced 1/8 in thick
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 3/4 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 c. skim milk
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 fresh bay leaves
  • 1/2 c. grated gruyere cheese about 2 ounces


  1. Position rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 425.
  2. Generously brush a large skillet with butter, then rub with the garlic. Heat the skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add half of the potatoes, sprinkle with 3/4 tsp. salt, and pepper to taste, then arrange the remaining potatoes on top. Sprinkle with 3/4 tsp. salt, and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour the broth and milk over the potatoes, then add the nutmeg and bay leaves; simmer 3 minutes.
  5. Generously brush a shallow baking dish with butter and slide the potatoes into the dish; arrange with a fork, if desired. (If your skillet is ovenproof, you can skip this step and bake the potatoes right in the skillet.)
  6. Dot the potatoes with the cut-up butter and sprinkle with gruyere. Bake until golden, about 25 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before servings. Discard the bay leaves.

Recipe Notes

[My 2 Cents]
Use whatever cheese you want. I didn't have gruyere, so I used my new love, gouda. And of course, you know me, I omitted the nutmeg!

Adapted from Food Network Magazine, April 2011 issue

Nutrition Facts
Simple Scalloped Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 68mg3%
Potassium 491mg14%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 5.8mg7%
Calcium 164mg16%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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