Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins

Our favorite scalloped potatoes recipe is a must-make dish for holiday meals and other celebrations. We simmer thinly sliced Yukon gold potatoes with milk and cream. Then we transfer the mixture to a casserole dish, add Gruyère cheese, and bake. The scalloped potatoes are finished under the broiler for a delicious, crispy top. Not only is this rich potato side dish a crowd pleaser, it's a winner for the cook as it can be assembled ahead of time and baked when you're ready to eat.


  • 1 clove garlic, lightly smashed and peeled

  • Unsalted butter, room temperature, for pan

  • 4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes (8 medium)

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 1 tablespoon lightly packed fresh thyme leaves

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 6 ounces Gruyere, coarsely grated (2 ¼ cups)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rub the bottom and sides of a 3-quart baking dish with garlic; reserve garlic. Brush pan generously with butter. Peel potatoes, then cut into 1/8-inch-thick rounds.

  2. Transfer potatoes and garlic to a large pot with cream, milk, thyme, 1 tablespoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 1 minute. Let cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

  3. Spoon one-third of potato mixture into prepared dish. Sprinkle with one-third of cheese. Repeat layering twice more. Loosely cover dish with parchment-lined foil.

  4. Bake until potatoes are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove foil; turn oven to broil. Broil until potatoes are bubbly and browned in places, 3 to 5 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

    creamy scalloped potatoes
    Adrian Mueller

Cook's Notes

This dish can be largely assembled ahead: Leave off the last portion of cheese, cover the dish with plastic wrap (pressing it directly onto the surface to prevent a skin from forming), and refrigerate it for up to one day. Remove it 30 minutes before baking, sprinkle with the remaining cheese, and bake as instructed.

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