"My nephew swears these scalloped potatoes are a main meal, but is really a great side for any main. This is a super easy comfort food recipe that everyone loves and works well if you prep early and reheat before serving. The garlic sauce gets even better after a few hours!"
- 6 medium - large potatoes (sliced thinly)
- 4 cloves of garlic (chopped fine)
- 1 medium onion (chopped fine)
- 200ml Cream
- 200g Edam cheese (grated)
- Salt and pepper
Cookware: Baking dish
- Grease a medium sized baking dish and preheat oven to 180°C.
- Layer potato, garlic, onion, cheese, cream and sprinkle liberally with salt and black pepper.
- Continue layers until your baking dish is full, finishing with cheese, cream and salt pepper.
- Bake at 180°C, or until the potato is cooked through and cheese is brown on top.
- Allow to cool for 15 minutes and cut into sections for serving.
Potato – The best type of potatoes to use in scalloped potatoes are the ones that are starchy – in New Zealand, this means agria, marabel, red rascal, ilam hardy or Fianna potatoes work best. As a back-up, you could also use an all-round potato like desiree or rua. As long as you don’t use a waxy potato, this will work great.
Cheese – Edam cheese is suggested in this recipe because it melts well. But you can also substitute a stronger cheese like parmesan cheese, gruyère cheese or cheddar cheese. Mozzarella is another great alternative, but may require a bit of extra salt added to each layer! We recommend grating your own cheese as it will melt better.
Cream – For a lighter version, use half cream and half milk. This version won’t have quite the same richness but will still be tasty. For a richer version, added some melted butter to your garlic sauce.
If you don’t have any cream handy, you could also create a roux of butter, flour, whole milk and chicken stock (or vegetable stock).
What kind of potatoes are best in scalloped potatoes?
See Recipe Notes – Potato above.
What kind of cheese is best in scalloped potatoes?
See Recipe Notes – Cheese above.
Can I add extra herbs or spices to this recipe?
Sure! Thyme and rosemary are most commonly added to scalloped potatoes.
Can I add other extra ingredients to this recipe?
These scalloped potatoes are delicious as is, but there’s no limit to what you can add. You could use half sweet potatoes (kūmara) for a savoury and sweet combo, add bacon or ham or even add greens to your sauce. This Mustard chicken and potato gratin is another great recipe that uses scalloped potatoes.