Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes – These scalloped potatoes are EXTRA cheesy thanks to three cheeses used as well as super rich and CREAMY!! They’re a perfect HOLIDAY SIDE DISH as well as family friendly weeknight COMFORT FOOD!

Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes - These scalloped potatoes are EXTRA cheesy thanks to three cheeses used as well as super rich and CREAMY!! They're a perfect HOLIDAY SIDE DISH as well as family friendly weeknight COMFORT FOOD!

Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

If you’re looking for an easy and ultra-cheesy scalloped potato recipe, look no further than my recipes for the cheesiest scalloped potatoes!

Three different types of cheeses are used, namely Colby Jack, cheddar, and Parmesan. 

Plus, these potatoes are creamy and indulgent thanks to both heavy cream and sour cream. Diet food they are not but oh so worth it! 

Cheesy, creamy scalloped potatoes would make an awesome addition to your Thanksgiving table, as a side dish for any holiday parties you’re throwing, for game day get-togethers, or as a hearty comfort food side dish the whole family will love on a chilly winter weeknight.

This is a naturally gluten-free side dish and also vegetarian if you opt for vegetable broth rather than chicken broth.

Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes - These scalloped potatoes are EXTRA cheesy thanks to three cheeses used as well as super rich and CREAMY!! They're a perfect HOLIDAY SIDE DISH as well as family friendly weeknight COMFORT FOOD!

Ingredients In Extra Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Creamy scalloped potatoes are made with common fridge and pantry ingredients which is the best kind of recipe for me. 

To make these potatoes, you’ll need:

  • Russet potatoes
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Unsalted butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Seasoning blend such as Mrs. Dash, Trader Joe’s 21 Salute, or poultry seasoning
  • Black pepper
  • Vegetable or chicken broth
  • Heavy cream
  • Sour cream
  • Colby jack cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes - These scalloped potatoes are EXTRA cheesy thanks to three cheeses used as well as super rich and CREAMY!! They're a perfect HOLIDAY SIDE DISH as well as family friendly weeknight COMFORT FOOD!

How To Make Cheesy Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Preheat the oven to 400F and to a 9×13-inch casserole dish or baking pan, arrange thinly sliced and peeled potatoes upright in the pan along one of the long edges. Repeat with the remaining potatoes until you have three columns of potato slices and set it aside.

In a saucepan, melt the butter, and add onion and garlic, and cook for 5 minutes.

Add flour, and cook for another minute, stir nearly constantly, or until the flour is lightly golden browned. This is what’s called a ‘roux’ and is important so that later on the mixture properly thickens.

Add the salt, seasoning blend, pepper, broth, cream, and stir until thickened, about 3 minutes. 

Turn off the heat and stir in partial quantities of the three cheeses.

Spread the sour cream over potatoes, pour the cheesy mixture evenly over potatoes, and then sprinkle the remaining cheeses over potatoes.

Cover potatoes with foil and bake for 1 hour, check for doneness, remove the foil, and allow the potatoes to bake for an additional 30 minutes, or as desired to brown the cheeses.

Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes - These scalloped potatoes are EXTRA cheesy thanks to three cheeses used as well as super rich and CREAMY!! They're a perfect HOLIDAY SIDE DISH as well as family friendly weeknight COMFORT FOOD!

What Potatoes Are The Best For Scalloped Potatoes?

For these scalloped potatoes, I used Russet potatoes. However, you can also try Yukon Gold potatoes. I generally don’t associate red potatoes with scalloped potatoes and they could be a bit waxy but suit your preferences.

Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes - These scalloped potatoes are EXTRA cheesy thanks to three cheeses used as well as super rich and CREAMY!! They're a perfect HOLIDAY SIDE DISH as well as family friendly weeknight COMFORT FOOD!

Can I Substitute Any Of The Three Cheeses?

The balance of the Colby Jack, cheddar, and Parmesan is a really nice blend and I think you will really enjoy. it. However, if you’re feeling adventurous or have other kinds of cheese on hand, go for it.

Mozzarella and provolone are great ooey gooey melting cheeses and would give you that pizza-esque vibe with the scalloped potatoes. 

I also think Gruyere would be amazing in the scalloped potatoes however it’s a pricier cheese but possibly worth the splurge for you.

If you want a bit of a smokey flavor add smoked gouda.  For a little fun bit of spice, add Pepper Jack.  

Pecorino would be a nice swap for Parmesan.

I highly recommend buying a block of cheese and grating the cheese by hand on a box grater. Pre-shredded bagged cheeses never tend to melt as easily as when you do it yourself. Think of grating the cheese as a mini workout before you indulge in all this rich and gooey carby goodness!

Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes - These scalloped potatoes are EXTRA cheesy thanks to three cheeses used as well as super rich and CREAMY!! They're a perfect HOLIDAY SIDE DISH as well as family friendly weeknight COMFORT FOOD!

Tips For The Best Scalloped Potatoes 

I sliced the potatoes very thinly, about 1/8-inch. If you have a mandolin, this is a great time to break it out and use it! It ensures that the potatoes are of a uniform thickness which ensures even cooking.

However, if you don’t have a mandolin, don’t sweat it. Use your best using a very sharp knife and take your time! 

I lined my potatoes up and arranged them in three long rows in the baking dish. You could arrange the potatoes in a scattered format in your baking dish, making sure that you scatter them well so that you don’t have a ‘log jam’ of potatoes stuck one underneath the next because unfortunately they won’t cook through in an even rate.

These potatoes bake for awhile, about 90 minutes, because we’re talking about 4 pounds of them! I bake them for one hour covered, and then remove the foil and bake them for another 30 minutes uncovered. Be sure to watch your potatoes after you uncover them to make sure the cheese is browning at a rate you like. Depending on your oven, this could happen quickly – or not.

If you are confident cook and know how to use your broiler very well, you could broil them for a few moments at the very end. However, I don’t recommend this unless you know what you’re doing in the kitchen because after all that time, you don’t want the potatoes to burn and broilers are notorious for burning things.

Although, if you do know what your way around the kitchen and are comfortable turning on your broiler, broiled cheese has so much incredible almost nutty flavor that is just to-die-for!

Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes - These scalloped potatoes are EXTRA cheesy thanks to three cheeses used as well as super rich and CREAMY!! They're a perfect HOLIDAY SIDE DISH as well as family friendly weeknight COMFORT FOOD!

Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes - These scalloped potatoes are EXTRA cheesy thanks to three cheeses used as well as super rich and CREAMY!! They're a perfect HOLIDAY SIDE DISH as well as family friendly weeknight COMFORT FOOD!
Yield: 8

Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes

Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes - These scalloped potatoes are EXTRA cheesy thanks to three cheeses used as well as super rich and CREAMY!! They're a perfect HOLIDAY SIDE DISH as well as family friendly weeknight COMFORT FOOD!

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds Russet potatoes, peeled and sliced to 1/8-inch thick
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, diced small
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning blend such as Mrs. Dash, Trader Joe’s 21 Salute, or poultry seasoning*
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1.5 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese, divided
  • 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400F and to a 9×13-inch casserole dish or baking pan, arrange the potatoes upright in the pan along one of the long edges. Repeat with the remaining potatoes until you have three columns of potato slices; set aside. Tip - If you have a mandolin, use it here!
    2. To a saucepan, add and melt the butter, add the onion and garlic, and cook for 5 minutes; stir frequently.
    3. Add flour, and cook for another minute, whisking nearly constantly, or until the flour is lightly golden browned. This is what’s called a ‘roux’ and is important so that later on the mixture properly thickens.
    4. Add the salt, seasoning blend, pepper, broth, cream, and stir until somewhat thickened, about 3 minutes. 
    5. Turn off the heat and stir in 1 cup each of the Colby Jack and cheddar cheeses and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan; set aside momentarily.
    6. Spread the sour cream over potatoes and pour the cheesy mixture evenly over potatoes.
    7. Evenly sprinkle the remaining one-half cup of each of the three cheeses over potatoes.
    8. Cover potatoes with foil and bake for 1 hour, remove from the oven, and check for doneness. The potatoes should be fork tender and not at all hard. If they're not cooked through yet, recover with the foil and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or as long as necessary so they cook through.
    9. After the potatoes have cooked through completely, remove and discard the foil, and allow the potatoes to bake uncovered for an additional 30 minutes, or as desired to brown the cheeses. In the final moments of baking the potatoes uncovered, keep a close eye on them so you know exactly how fast the cheese is browning**
    10. Allow potatoes to cool momentarily before serving, about 5 minutes. Potatoes will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months; reheat gently in a low oven or the microwave.

Notes

*Poultry seasoning tends to have sage in it whereas Mrs. Dash doesn't and sage can be a noticeable so you may want to cut back on the quantity of seasoning if you're sensitive to sage and using poultry seasoning.

**If you are confident cook and know how to use your broiler very well, you could broil them for a few moments at the very end. However, I don’t recommend this unless you know what you’re doing in the kitchen because after all that time, you don’t want the potatoes to burn and broilers are notorious for burning things.

Although, if you do know what your way around the kitchen and are comfortable turning on your broiler, broiled cheese has so much incredible almost nutty flavor that is just to-die-for!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 649Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 1516mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 7gSugar: 6gProtein: 23g

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