This Scalloped Potatoes from Leftovers Recipe is one of the best! Perfect side dish and great to use up those leftovers. Be sure to check out my tips for Over 22 Ways to use your Thanksgiving Leftovers!
Whenever you cook potatoes, it’s always a great idea to cook extra because it makes for easier meal preparation the next day.
One of the things you can do with leftover potatoes is make some pretty delicious scalloped potatoes.
By the way, if you don’t have leftover potatoes, you can boil some and let them cool before slicing. In this picture, we’ve used new potatoes.
It also helps you if you have some leftover cheese sauce from last night’s dinner too. Perhaps a cheese sauce that you used on steamed cauliflower or broccoli? Make a little extra and then use it the next day in this easy to prepare dish. If you don’t have leftover cheese sauce, you’ll find a recipe below.
This will make about 2 cups of cheese sauce. How much you need for the scalloped potatoes will depend on how many potatoes you’re using and how cheesy you want your potatoes. There is no real right or wrong with this one. However, if you are making a square 9” pan of potatoes like shown in our picture, you probably want at least 1 ½ cups of sauce
What is the texture of scalloped potatoes?
Scalloped potatoes are lengthy, thin slices of potato that have been layered in a deep, oven-safe dish before being smothered with a creamy or cheesy sauce.
As they cook, the potatoes become fork-tender while still maintaining their shape and form. Their texture is unique; although soft enough to cut with a spoon and savor with each bite, the cubes retain enough viscosity to hold their shape when removed from the baking dish.
All in all, scalloped potatoes provide an interesting array of textures to culinary experiences, making them an ideal side to many meals.
What dishes pair with scalloped potatoes?
Scalloped potatoes make a satisfying side dish to many types of entrees. For a classic combination, scalloped potatoes are often served alongside roasted chicken or ham, as the creamy sauce and crunchy cheese topping are the perfect accompaniment for such dishes.
Filling enough to stand on their own, scalloped potatoes can also be served with a light salad for a simple yet delicious meal.
For more robust flavor pairings, try pairing scalloped potatoes with barbequed pork chops or a hearty steak.
However you decide to enjoy them, scalloped potatoes are sure to bring extra comfort and warmth to any dinner table.
Why are my scalloped potatoes dry?
Scalloped potatoes are a beloved dish among many for their buttery yet crispy outer layer, juxtaposed with an incredibly soft and flavorful inner potato.
Despite this seeming simplicity of its preparation, several significant factors can cause the potatoes to become dry.
Chiefly, the amount of liquid used during cooking may be insufficient or the potato slices used could be cut too thin; both will result in excessive evaporation and insufficient hydration.
Another common issue is the addition of flour or other thickening agents; if these are not added to sufficient liquids, the result will be dry potatoes.
Finally, it is important to make sure your oven temperature is precise; over-cooking can cause drying and burning as well.
With all of that considered, scalloped potatoes should come out perfectly moist and delicious every time!
What other ingredients can be added to scalloped potatoes?
Scalloped potatoes can be enhanced with several additions to create an even more flavorful and satisfying meal.
Alternatives to the traditional onion and garlic ingredients often used are leeks, bell peppers, and mushrooms, all of which bring a unique taste to the dish.
For additional richness, a sprinkling of bacon or ham can also be included. Cheese is another topping that adds a creamy texture.
To incorporate herbs into the mix, rosemary, thyme, and oregano are ideal choices as they complement other flavors well.
With these additional ingredients, classic scalloped potatoes become more interesting and enjoyable for all.
- Ingredients for Cheese Sauce if You Don’t Have Leftover Sauce
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 1 cup shredded cheddar or other favorite cheese or mixture
Prepare the Sauce:
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Next, add the flour, salt, and pepper and whisk constantly.
Once the mixture has thickened a little, gradually add the milk and whisk thoroughly before adding more milk.
Continue whisking until the mixture is fully thickened.
Now, it’s time to remove the pan from the stove and stir in the shredded cheese. Stir until combined and serve.
How to Assemble Your Scalloped Potatoes
Thinly slice your leftover potatoes. As mentioned earlier, if you're boiling your potatoes specifically to make this recipe, allow them to cool first or you’ll burn your fingers and end up with crumbly potatoes.
If you are using leftover cheese sauce, you don’t need to reheat the cheese sauce before using it. Simply drop it by spoonfuls on the potatoes and the heat from the oven will help distribute the sauce evenly.
Place half the potatoes in an oven-safe dish. Top with half the cheese sauce. Then add another layer of potatoes. Finally top with the remaining cheese.
Place the baking dish, uncovered, into a 350F oven. In the last 10 minutes of baking, top with some shredded cheese and allow it to brown.