Southern Scalloped Potatoes

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 25 mins

This delicious casserole hasn't been compromised by garlic and some other seasonings to detract from the traditional southern flavor, or gunked up with cheese to turn it into a gratin or doria. We enjoy this authentic southern dish year-round, so good in its creamy simplicity and subtle flavors. My family always expects it for Christmas dinner alongside the ham and cranberry chutney. Be your own judge regarding measurements. I learned from my grandmother and she never measured, so I've learned to guestimate on many of my recipes. NOTE: This dish can easily be frozen after baking, then thawed out and reheated. I do not recommend freezing without baking first, since potatoes will sometimes get mushy if frozen uncooked. I personally do not like a tin baking pan for this particular recipe, especially for freezing, since it can sometimes impart a "tinny" taste. Also, if this recipe is baked in a glass baking dish and then frozen, the glass will shatter if not at room temperature. So, if freezing in a glass baking dish, I recommend baking and freezing in Corning Ware since it will not break.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil the potatoes until they're halfway done, then cut into slices about 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Slice three onions and sauté in butter until transparent.
  4. Sprinkle flour into this mixture and continue to sauté until flour begins to darken a little.
  5. Add milk and continue stirring until the sauce is at the consistency you like.
  6. It should be medium-thick.
  7. Add sliced potatoes to the pan and mix very well.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Pour into a greased baking dish and bake casserole at 350 degrees until it turns a bit brown.
Most Helpful

This was the perfect scalloped potato recipe that we all remember from those pot-luck dinners. It was simple to make, but had a wonderful flavor. Was perfect with an Easter ham and steamed asparagus.

Ken Wood April 21, 2003

I give this three stars only because i had to cook mine for over an hour before i finally had to turn the broiler on to get it to brown!! By that time i realized i let this go way too long because it lost all it's creaminess (and i used almost 3 cups of milk!) ... It had great flavour though, exactly what i was looking for in my scalloped dish, so i was pretty bummed out that it ended up being pasty, but it's good enough to warrant trying it again :)

Mel#608 January 17, 2010

I thought this was a lot better with less onion, but otherwise, it's so good! I also made it once with some ham and veggies mixed in for a complete meal, and that was tasty, too.

mayness December 31, 2009