High Five Recipes: Cream Scalloped Potatoes

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Had I not tasted these potatoes myself (when my friend’s mom made them) and realized that I had just bitten into a bite of comfort food heaven, I would not have believed that these three little ingredients all by themselves could actually create such a wonderful side dish.

All of the other scalloped potatoes I’ve ever made have required quite a bit of work:  prepare potatoes…make a white sauce…layer the potatoes with the sauce…cook covered for a specific amount of time…then uncovered for another specific amount of time.

But this potato recipe?  Scrub and slice potatoes. Sprinkle with salt. Pour cream over potatoes. Bake. Stir every once in a while. Eat. Try to be nice and share. No really Laura…please pass the potatoes.


Cream Scalloped Potatoes

4-5 medium potatoes
1 1/2 cups cream
sea salt to taste

Scrub potatoes and cut into very thin slices. Spread into a casserole dish. Sprinkle with salt. Pour cream over potatoes.

Bake uncovered at 300° for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, pulling dish out and stirring occasionally. Serve when potatoes are tender and cream has thickened.

The starch from the potatoes naturally thickens the cream into it’s own white sauce! SO simple!

Now, you’re welcome to throw in some onion or even sliced carrots into this dish if you want more flavor. I personally love it with just a generous amount of salt.

This potato dish is inexpensive, healthy and takes very little time to prepare. And it tastes like comfort food heaven. What more could we ask for?


  1. says

    Cheesy salsa enchiladas :)

    I have never met a scalloped potato I liked (other than the kind that come from a box- blush) until I modified a recipe from Simply Recipes recently for a date night at home. It was a-mazing. It wasn’t quite as simple as this but it didn’t take long at all and hubby and I both loved it.


  2. Danielle says

    ooooooooooooooooh this IS cream scalloped potatoes. I thought you meant creamED scalloped potatoes… like creamed corn lol.

    My vote? Cheesy salsa enchiladas.


  3. Deb says

    Do you use heavy whipping cream or half and half?


    Laura Reply:

    I use heavy whipping cream. Half and half might work, but the cream really makes a nice thick “sauce” for the potatoes.


  4. Kris S says

    I make our “scalloped” potatoes the same way, only I grease the pan with bacon grease first. I know, not so healthy, but oh so delicious!


  5. Cheri says

    yum… I love scalloped potatoes- I will be trying this! I also love anything cheesy, with salsa, and in an enchilada-like form :)


  6. Laura says

    Butterscotch bars would be nice to see next time! Thanks for sending this recipe our way. I will be trying it soon!


  7. says

    This is SO funny because my husband actually likes those boxed “au gratin” potatoes and I hate them, kids don’t eat them much either.

    I had a box on hand due to it being free after coupon, so I made it last night and dh was the only one to eat it lol. And loved it. *sigh*.

    This is great, because I can cook this instead of those boxed kind.


  8. says

    This sounds like a recipe I would like to try. We have oodles of potatoes and I buy whole raw milk so I usually have cream on hand. I love easy recipes!


  9. Teresa says

    We love scalloped potatoes at our house and we really enjoyed this recipe. I switched it up a little last night and added ham steaks, fresh mushrooms and onions to the recipe and it was so good.


  10. Michele Hamilton says

    Here is a version we have at our house. Of course I don’t typically measure, so this is one of thos “by taste” type recipes. You can add ham to this to make it a meal (with a fresh salad or veggie on the side) or omit the meat to make it a side dish.

    Slice the potatos in the food processer (so the slices are very thin and uniform) similar to you do
    Sprinkle 2-3 Tbsp flour over potatoes mix by hand for uniform coverage

    In the food processor combine the following:
    Fresh parsley (be generous), reserve a few sprigs for garnish later
    Fresh onion (I use 1/2 of a yellow)
    Fresh garlic (I use a several cloves)
    Sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
    1/4 cup whipping cream (the liquid to to help the chopping process)

    Put 3/4th of potato mixture into pan, add diced ham if desired(I use leftover ham for this) then top with remaining potatoes. Pour liquid over potatoes then use more whipping cream to cover until all potatos have moisture around them.

    Bake 350 degrees covered for 1-2 hours (depends on how full the pan is) until potatoes are tender. Uncover during the last 15 minutes to allow top to brown. Remove from oven and garnish.


  11. Lauren says

    Can these be frozen? I’m making dishes for a friend who’s 2 year old son was just diagnosed with celiac’s disease. I wanted some meals she could freeze and grab. Thanks


    Laura Reply:

    They can be frozen, but they don’t look very nice once defrosted and reheated. Frozen potatoes tend to get pretty mushy.


  12. Nancy Casselman says

    I try the cream scalloped potatoes, they were the best. Thank you for sharing that recipes. I also made the pizza pockets. Love them. And I love your site. I,m trying to make more home-made food. Thank you again for sharing. God Bless.


  13. Emmi Rose says

    These, as you said are amazing. I do have another scalloped potato recipe but it usually takes me up to 40 mins depending on the amount of interruptions.
    Yesterday we came home from the creek at 4 and using the food processor they were in the oven by 4:05! I love your five in five recipes!
    Thank you so much.


  14. Tasha says

    I feel so stupid asking this, BUT….when you say cream, what exactly do you mean? Sour cream?


    Laura Reply:

    When I use “cream” in a recipe, I’m referring to what is generally known as “heavy whipping cream”, found in the dairy section at the grocery store. I usually use the raw cream that I can skim off the top of our milk – but if I don’t have any of that available, I buy regular cream from the store. I would say that although it’s not called “sweet cream” at the store, it is sweet, especially compared to sour cream.


  15. Erin C says

    Wow! Sooooooo yummy! This pregnant mama is finally satisfied! Love how easy, too! Thank you for another great recipe!


  16. Holly says

    I wonder if you could make these in the crock pot? My husband pastors a church and I frequently need side dishes to use in my crock pot for Sunday afternoon meals. Has anyone tried these in the crock pot?


    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    I haven’t tried it but I am sure that would work just fine! I would try it on low for 3-4 hours and see how it goes. Great idea!


  17. Karie says

    I made this tonight, and I am IN LOVE! This is not only the easiest scalloped potato recipe I’ve ever made, but the tastiest and the healthiest. Thank you so much! It will definitely be on the permanent rotation!


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