Easy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe – Frugal, Classic, Delicious

This easy scalloped potatoes recipe is a classic dish to fit any budget.
 The original recipe which we adapted slightly to make our own creamy potato goodness is from Modern Alternative Mama’s cookbook, Wholesome Comfort: Whole Foods to Warm & Nourish Your Family.

Easy Creamy Scalloped Potatoes (www.TheSimpleHomemaker.com)

These potatoes are comfort food bliss served alongside Italian chicken in cream sauce with apple spice cake for dessert, all from the same cookbook.  Are you drooling yet?

Easy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe – Frugal, Classic, Delicious
Recipe Type: Side Dish
Author: Kate, Modern Alternative Mama
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 20 mins
Serves: 8
This easy scalloped potatoes recipe is not only simple to make, it’s so creamy and delicious, you won’t believe it’s not bad for you!
  • 8-10 potatoes
  • 1/2 onion minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2-4 tablespoons arrowroot powder (or the thickener of your choice)
  • 4 cups milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Peel the taters and slice them to a relatively uniform 1/8 inch. Spread them in a 9X13 pan. (Don’t be picky!)
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Saute the onions until they are translucent. Try not to eat too many just yet.
  4. Add all the seasoning and your thickening agent of choice to the buttered onions. Whisk until smooth. (I usually get someone shorter than me to whisk. Pretend whisking is really fun and you’ll have plenty of volunteers. Eventually, they’ll wise up, though.)
  5. Add the milk slowly to the saucepan, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. (Remember, milk can burn…and tends to do a volcanic eruption impression if overheated, so don’t go anywhere.)
  6. Pour the mixture over the potatoes. Pop them in the oven at 350 for an hour. Not being one who wants to wait an hour for my taters, I boiled them for ten minutes before putting them in the oven, so they were done in half the time.

For a little change in the ol’ scalloped tater routine, toss in some cooked bacon (cook it in the saucepan and use the drippings to saute the onion), cheese, broccoli, or all of the above.

Want to know what a real family thought of this recipe?  Because I’m off dairy to help our Little Miss Colic, I did not get to try this dish.  (Yes, it broke my heart, thank you for asking.)  So we polled the other taste testers.

Here’s what some members of the family thought…in their own occasionally incomprehensible words:

  • The cheese-obsessed Wisconsin-born teen: “I thought they were really good…but they needed cheese, sort of. I think it was good without cheese too, though.”
  • The food enthusiast: “Ooh, those were totally awesome!”
  • The contented, quiet child: Um, I loved the potatoes, um…and I don’t think they would have been better with cheese on them.
  • Gabbie Girl: I like them.
  • The boy who doesn’t eat potatoes: I only had one with salt on it and it was really good that way. I don’t know what it tasted like without salt.
  • The three-year-old who ate every bite: They taste like peppermint candy canes with pepper.  (She’s three, people.  Seriously.)

If you enjoyed this easy scalloped potatoes recipe, you’ll love the other recipes in Wholesome Comfort: Whole Foods to Warm & Nourish Your Family by Kate at Modern Alternative Mama.

Buy Wholesome Comfort here.

What’s your favorite comfort food?