If you’re in the mood for a creamy, cheesy, and comforting side dish, look no further than this delicious recipe for Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes. Whether it’s a family dinner or a special occasion, this dish is sure to be a hit.
- 4 cups thinly sliced potatoes
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- A dash of cayenne pepper
- 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1⁄2 cup grated cheese (for sprinkling on top)
Step 1: Preparing the Cheese Sauce
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Once melted, blend in the flour, and let it sit for a minute.
- Gradually add the cold milk, stirring continuously with a whisk to avoid lumps.
- Season the sauce with salt and a dash of cayenne pepper. Continue to cook the sauce over low heat until it becomes smooth and begins to boil. Remember to stir occasionally with a whisk.
- Once the sauce is smooth and reaches a boiling point, reduce the heat and stir in the grated sharp cheddar cheese until it’s fully incorporated. This will result in a rich, creamy cheese sauce.
Step 2: Assembling the Dish
- Take a lightly greased one-quart casserole dish.
- Place half of the thinly sliced potatoes in the bottom of the casserole dish.
- Pour half of the prepared cheese sauce over the first layer of potatoes.
- Repeat the layering process with the remaining potatoes and the rest of the cheese sauce.
- Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of grated cheese on top of the dish. For added visual appeal, you can sprinkle some paprika for color.
Step 3: Baking the Scalloped Potatoes
- Bake the assembled dish uncovered for about 1 hour at 350°F (175°C).
- The scalloped potatoes are ready when the top is golden brown, and the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
Step 4: Serve and Enjoy
- Once the dish is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool slightly.
- Serve your Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes as a side dish to complement your favorite main course. They pair wonderfully with a variety of meats and other vegetables.
This classic recipe is a timeless favorite for good reason. The creamy cheese sauce and tender potatoes come together to create a delectable side dish that’s perfect for any occasion. Enjoy the cheesy goodness!