You may already have a scalloped potato recipe that you love. However, do yourself and your family a favor and give this recipe a try! Then once you try it, please come back and let me know if it is the new family favorite. This recipe has been handed down through my family for years, and I decided to be very nice and share. These, my friends, are cheesy scalloped potatoes that are ahhh…mazing!
It’s been a family debate over whether we should share special recipes. One common belief is that if you keep the recipe secret everyone looks forward to you bringing that special dish to family gatherings, right? While this is indeed true, I am here to attest that your are still thought of when someone else makes your recipes. I can’t tell you how many times I have made a special dish and stated to everyone, “Now you guys are going to love this because it is so and so’s famous recipe!”
Helpful Tips ~
There are a couple of different secrets I am going to share with you. Mainly, just because I’m a nice gal! 😏
- This recipe is best if you cut the potato slices thicker. You may be asking yourself, “If I make them thick, how can I ensure they will get done all the way when baking?” There, my friend, is the first secret. You need to parboil your slices. Parboiling can be tricky because if you overcook them they will get too soft. I truly can’t give you a specific amount of time needed because it depends on how many potatoes you are using. I use the old fashioned fork test. After about 5 minutes of boiling, I consistently and gently poke one of the potatoes with the fork to see if it is slightly soft.
- You are going to cook the sauce over the stove and then pour it over the potatoes in 2 layers. Many people just layer cold cheese, however, by making a sauce you are creating a much more flavorful and saucy potato dish.
- Timing everything while cooking is one of the hardest things to learn for new cooks. Once you put your potatoes on to parboil, you should start your cheese sauce.
How to Make Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes ~
- 10-15 Medium Sized Russet Potatoes – sliced thick
- 32 Ounce Block (2 lb) Colby Cheese -cubed
- 2 Cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 2 Cans Milk (using cream of mushroom soup can)
- Salt & Pepper – to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Peel and slice potatoes.
- Parboil sliced potatoes for 10-15 minutes. Check for softness with fork starting at about 5 minutes. The time needed will vary according to thickness of potatoes. You want them to be slightly soft.
- While potatoes are boiling cut cheese into cubes.
- Mix cheese cubes, soup and milk in pan. Cook over medium heat until completely melted, stirring occasionally so mixture doesn’t burn.
- Spray a 9 X 13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Drain potatoes. Place half of cooked potatoes in casserole dish.
- Top with half of cheese mixture and salt and pepper to taste.
- Layer remaining potatoes on top of cheese mixture and then top with remaining cheese. Sprinkle again with salt and pepper to taste.
- Bake for 45 minutes to an hour. We like ours with the cheese browned quite a bit so I bake it for the longer amount of time.
More Tips for those Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes that are Ahhh…mazing ~
- If your casserole dish is filled to the top, place it on a foil lined baking sheet to catch spillage of cheese as it melts.
- Since parboiling potatoes can be tricky to get the perfect consistency, I always insert a fork into my casserole when done to ensure they are completely cooked through. If they still seem a bit hard but your top is browned, put foil over them and bake for 15 minutes or so longer.
- Since you are parboiling the potatoes, there is no reason to cover with foil when first baking. However, see bullet above for example of when you may need foil.
I get requests to make this recipe ALL THE TIME. I sometimes feel like I should stop making them for awhile because I don’t want people to get bored with the side dishes. However, they just keep requesting them. This alone tells you how awesome they really are!
Also, if you are thinking that your family may not like them because it is Cream of Mushroom soup, stop thinking that right now. If it is that big of an issue just don’t let them know what is in it. I promise you that once you make that cheese sauce, they will have NO idea!
What’s even better is that these potatoes can be paired with so many different meat items. In fact, they would go awesome with the Smoked Poor Man Burnt Ends that I wrote about…see that by clicking here! Heck, there are times we warm them up the next day (that is IF there are any leftovers) and have just potatoes for dinner!
As always, good food keeps people coming back….so be sure to give this one a try!
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Happy Cooking ~
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