These slow cooker cheesy scalloped potatoes are so easy to make. Enjoy this perfect side dish casserole in a crockpot version, just layer the ingredients and let it do all the work. The result is a delicious and creamy dish that your whole family will love.
If you love scalloped potatoes but don’t want to stand over the stove or use your oven, then this delicious side dish recipe is for you. If you are hosting a party, this will free up your oven space too. Enjoy a casserole dish in a slow cooker.
This recipe is just the best comfort food, the kind that are creamy, tender, and so cheesy your mouth starts to water just thinking about them. It’s an easy one-pot side dish that will feed a crowd.
All you need are a few basic ingredients, and your slow cooker will do the rest. So, gather up your supplies, and let’s get cooking the best side dish recipe.
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What is the Difference Between Scalloped Potatoes and Au Gratin Potatoes?
Traditionally, scalloped potatoes do not include cheese; however newer recipes like this one might add cheese as a modification. Au gratin potatoes, have cheese added between the potato layers and often have a final sprinkle of cheese on top.
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Potatoes Recipe
Potatoes are one of those vegetables that can be cooked in so many different ways, but my favorite is by far slow cooking them in the crockpot. Not only is it easy, but the result is a delicious recipe and perfect for a simple weeknight dinner.
Note: If you truly want a classic side dish of scalloped potatoes, increase the cream by ½ cup and skip the shredded cheese. This recipe will make the perfect scalloped potatoes. However, we just can’t help sneaking in cheese whenever we can.
Along with the potatoes there are just four ingredients for the flavorful sauce: heavy cream, garlic (fresh garlic or garlic powder), dried thyme, and nutmeg.
Potato Slices: I used my Mandoline slicer to make thin slices. They will cook up quicker in this recipe if they are nice and thin. About 1/8-inch slices.
What Type of Cheese is Good for Scalloped Potatoes?
Let’s talk cheese. We love cheese at our house and always have a wide variety in our cheese drawer. Yes, we have an entire drawer in our refrigerator dedicated to cheese!
Anyway, I used a four-cheese blend today; however, other types of cheese would work well cheddar cheese, Gruyere cheese, Muenster cheese, Baby Swiss cheese, and cheese blends that you can find at your local grocery store.
There are several other recipes for scalloped potatoes that specifically call for Gruyere cheese, this really is the best cheese for taste and melting. If you are not able to find Gruyere Emmental cheese is a close second.
How to Make Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
This perfect side dish recipe is simple to follow and yields creamy, cheesy potatoes everyone will love.
In the bottom of the slow cooker, layer potatoes, season with salt, black pepper, a bit of shredded cheese and the sauce. Continue to add layers of potatoes, sauce, seasoning and cheese. I made three layers.
Set the time and temperature on your slow cooker; 5 hours on high, 7 hours on low.
Sometimes, I will add a bit more shredded parmesan cheese on top of the potatoes just before serving. Once the cheese melts, it is ready.
Can you put potatoes in slow cooker?
Yes, you can. All types of potatoes such as Russet potatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes, red potatoes, and others are good choices for using your slow cooker. Just add the raw potatoes, seasonings and sauces and set your time and temperature. Make sure that the potatoes in the center are tested for tenderness when checking to see if they are fully cooked. It is an easy slow cooker recipe.
What to Serve with Scalloped Potatoes?
The best part about this easy side dish is that it pairs so well with many dishes. Here are a few ideas.
How to Store Scalloped Potatoes?
These will store well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container. This is also a perfect side dish to freeze. Once in the airtight container, it will keep in the freezer for up to 10 months for best quality.
When you are ready to serve, reheat in the microwave or place in a casserole dish and reheat in the oven. A slow cooker would work well to reheat this too, it will just take longer.
Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
- 1 1/2 Cups Heavy Cream
- 3 Cloves Garlic Minced or 3 Tablespoons of Garlic Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Thyme
- ½ Teaspoon Nutmeg
- 2 Pounds Potatoes Peeled and cut into thin slices
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 Cup Cheese Shredded, Cheddar or other cheese
- ½ Cup Parmesan Cheese Shredded
- In a medium saucepan, whisk together heavy cream, garlic, thyme and nutmeg over medium heat until heated through, about 1-2 minutes.
- Make three layers of ingredients in the slow cooker. In the bottom of a 4-qt slow cooker add a layer of sliced potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Pour 1/3 of the cream mixture over potatoes: sprinkle with shredded cheese. Repeat with remaining two layers.
- Cover and cook on high heat for 5 hours, low heat for 7 hours, or until potatoes are tender.
- Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese. Cover and cook until melted, about 5 minutes.
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How to Store Scalloped Potatoes?These will store well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container. This is also a perfect side dish to freeze. Once in the airtight container, it will keep in the freezer for up to 10 months for best quality. When you are ready to serve, reheat in the microwave or place in a casserole dish and reheat in the oven. A slow cooker would work well to reheat this too, it will just take longer.
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