Old-Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes

  • Yield: 8 servings

"I grew up with a mom who was the greatest cook ever. She made everything from scratch, so scalloped potatoes were always 'homemade.' But she never used recipes or wrote anything down, so I try to recreate dishes from memories and experiments. These potatoes are very rich and delicious."


2 1/2pounds baking potatoes, peeled
2tablespoons butter
2tablespoons all-purpose flour
1cup half and half or heavy cream
1cup whole milk
4ounces processed cheese, such as Velveeta, cubed
1/2teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
1cup shredded Cheddar
1medium onion, finely chopped
1/4cup grated Parmesan


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Coat a 9-inch-square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cut potatoes into thin slices. Place in a bowl of cold water. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add half and half and milk slowly, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low, stir in processed cheese, salt and pepper. Cook until cheese melts, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  3. Drain potatoes well and arrange one third of them in the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Top with one-third of the onions and one-third of the Cheddar. Pour a third of the cheese sauce over all. Repeat layers twice.
  4. Coat a sheet of aluminum foil with nonstick cooking spray. Tent the foil with the sprayed side down over the casserole. Place on a foil-lined oven rack. Bake for 11/2 hours.
  5. Remove foil, sprinkle with Parmesan, and bake for 20 to 30 minutes longer, until potatoes are tender.

Recipe by Pamela Shank, Parkersburg, W.V.