Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Tips
How thinly should you cut the potatoes for scalloped potatoes?
Russets are the best type of potato
to use in this recipe because their high starch content helps keep the cheese sauce smooth. Use a mandoline to get equal slices—ideally, each slice will be about 1/8-in. thick. You could use a knife instead, but be extra careful!
How do you make homemade bread crumbs for cheesy scalloped potatoes?
If you would rather make the bread crumbs from scratch, tear 3-4 slices of day-old bread into pieces. Preheat the oven to 350°F, then pulse the bread in a covered food processor until coarse crumbs form. Spread them in a single layer over a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake until lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool until you're ready to top the cheesy scalloped potatoes with them. Here are more tips on how to make homemade bread crumbs
How else can you cook cheesy scalloped potatoes?
If you'd rather save the oven for another dish, make these cheesy scalloped potatoes in the slow cooker. Simmer the cheesy potato mixture for an additional 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently. Then, instead of transferring the potato mixture to a baking dish, put them in a greased 6-qt. slow cooker. Place 4 layers of paper towels under the lid, then cover and cook on high for 2 hours. Remove the lid and paper towels, then sprinkle the potatoes with bread crumbs. Let stand 15 minutes and, if desired, sprinkle with chives.
Can you freeze cheesy scalloped potatoes?
You can definitely freeze cheesy scalloped potatoes if you'd prefer to save them for another time. Simmer the cheesy potato mixture for an additional 5-10 minutes on the stovetop, stirring frequently. Transfer the mixture to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish, then let them cool before you cover and freeze. When ready to prepare, partially thaw in the fridge overnight. Remove from the fridge about 30 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350°F, then bake as directed, increasing the initial time to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Top with bread crumbs, then return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. If you liked this cheesy scalloped potatoes recipe, be sure to try more of our Russet potato recipes
. —Lauren Pahmeier, Taste of Home Associate Editor
3/4 cup: 378 calories, 22g fat (13g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 646mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 15g protein.