These easy southern scalloped potatoes are so rich and creamy! Filled with a creamy, rich sauce that is cooked up to perfection. Topped with crispy and crunchy deep-fried bacon. These potatoes are cut thinly, seasoned, and then tossed in creamy cheese sauce. Doesn’t that sound amazing?!?! The cheese and deep-fried bacon complement each other perfectly! This southern scalloped potatoes recipe is perfect for any occasion. These potatoes are cut thinly, seasoned, then tossed in that creamy cheese sauce. Doesn’t that sound amazing?!?! You should also try my chicken stuffed potatoes are my garlic butter parmesan smashed potatoes.

Southern Scalloped Potatoes
Southern Scalloped Potatoes

Ingredients For Southern Scalloped Potatoes

Russet Potatoes– The main ingredient. Cut down into thinly sliced pieces, then bake up to perfection.

Bacon– The deep-fried bacon takes this scalloped potatoes with cheese recipe to an entirely new level. This step is optional, but I highly recommend it.

Heavy Cream– This is the ingredient that pulls this recipe together and gives it that nice creamy taste.

Ingredients for scalloped potatoes

Cheese– I used a mixture of cheese in this recipe. Shredded mozzarella cheese along with shredded sharp cheese.

Seasonings– Paprika, black pepper, and sea salt. All these flavors come together to make one delicious dish of southern scalloped potatoes.

Onions– Gives the recipe a great kick in flavor.

Flour– Helps the cream sauce for scalloped potatoes get thick.

Minced Garlic– To add flavor and texture to your southern scalloped potatoes.

What can you substitute for milk in scalloped potatoes

The great thing about my southern-style scallop potato recipe is that you do not have to use milk in this recipe. Yep, that’s right; you can switch the milk for heavy cream. Heavy cream, to me, has a little more thickness than milk, which in turn helps with the thickness of the cream sauce.


How Far In Advance Can I Make Scalloped Potatoes

When it comes to premade southern-style scallops, you will definitely make them ahead of time. The only thing that may be a problem in this recipe is the potatoes becoming brown if not cooked right away. This isn’t a big deal unless you like me and like them looking fresh. You can make these scalloped potatoes a day in advance. You can rewarm them in the microwave or oven.

I must warn you that the cheese can sometimes become a little hard if over-baked. Just a side note.


What Type of Potatoes Do I Use?

For this bacon scalloped potatoes with cheese recipe, I used russet potatoes. If you have other potatoes on hand, you can use those potatoes, but I recommend using russet potatoes simply because russet potatoes tend to become softer and break down faster than any other potatoes.


How to make scalloped potatoes?

To start making these southern scalloped potatoes, you will need to wash your potatoes thoroughly. Once you have done so, you can peel your potatoes, but you don’t always have to. I like to leave the skin on. Once you have done all this, begin to slice your potatoes thinly. Once you are done, you should have a ton of thinly cut, circled-shaped potatoes.

Firstly, In a saucepan on medium-low, add your butter. Once the butter has melted down, add in your onions and minced garlic.

Secondly, add your flour mixture to the pan and stir. Once you have done that, add in your heavy whipping cream and stir. Now, add in your shredded Parmesan cheese and stir. Add your seasonings to the cheese sauce and stir.

Lastly, take the sauce off the stove and spread a small amount at the bottom of your dish. Next, add your potatoes and spread the sauce over the mixture. Take your already-cooked bacon and sprinkle it over the top of the potatoes. Generously, add your cheese over the top of the dish and place it into 400 degrees preheated oven.

Tips: The bigger the potato slices, the longer the recipe may have to cook.

Instructions for scalloped potatoes
Instructions for scalloped potatoes

What Goes With Scalloped Potatoes

You can pair these delicious scalloped potatoes with just about anything. This recipe is so delicious it can be enjoyed all by itself. If you like me and want something delicious to add to this meal, check out my honey BBQ ribs or my buttermilk fried chicken. I promise that you won’t regret making any of these recipes.


When it comes to storing potatoes, I have the best way for you. Don’t put them in aluminum foil or wrap them up in a paper towel; you want to store your southern scalloped potatoes in a tightly sealed ziplock bag.


Can I Freeze Scalloped Potatoes

I always thought people were crazy when they said they would freeze their potatoes. So, I was curious and tried this method for myself. I have to tell you that it wasn’t that bad. You can store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Once you are ready to take them out, either warm them up in the microwave or the oven.

Did you enjoy this recipe? If so, you should check out my other potato recipes.

Well, until next time, folks…. chow.

Southern Scalloped Potatoes

These easy southern scalloped potatoes are so rich and creamy! Filled with a creamy, rich sauce that is cooked up to perfection. Topped with crispy and crunchy deep-fried bacon. These potatoes are cut thinly, seasoned, and then tossed in creamy cheese sauce.
Southern Scalloped Potatoes
Servings: 4 People
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes


  • 2 Pounds Russet potatoes cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 2 Cups Heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp Minced garlic Optional
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Flour 1 Tbsp Cornstarch stirred into heavy cream if no flour
  • 1/2 Onion chopped
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Black pepper
  • 1 Tsp Sea salt
  • 2 Pieces Bacon Cooked
  • 1 Cup Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Cup Sharp Cheese


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  • Wash and dry your potatoes.
    2 Pounds Russet potatoes
  • Cook your bacon until golden brown
    2 Pieces Bacon
  • In a saucepan at medium-low temperature, add your butter, once melted add your minced garlic and chopped onions. Whisk in your flour until dissolved.
    2 Cups Heavy cream, 1 Tbsp Minced garlic, 4 Tbsp Butter, 2 Tbsp Flour, 1 Tbsp Onion
  • Whisk in your heavy cream and 1/2 cup of mozzarella, and sharp cheese until dissolved. Remove from the stove
    1 Cup Shredded mozzarella cheese, 1 Cup Sharp Cheese
  • Thinly slice your potatoes into circle pieces. Season your potatoes to your liking and sit to the side.
    1 Tsp Black pepper, 1 Tsp Sea salt, 1 Tsp Paprika
  • In a dish, add your potatoes.
    Next, then add your sauce mixture.
    Next, crumble bacon over the top of the potatoes.
    Lastly, add your remaining cheese. Place aluminum foil over the dish
  • Place in the oven for 30 minutes covered, then take the cover off and place back in the oven for 30 minutes uncovered or until the potatoes become tender
  • Add your chopped chives and enjoy


Serving: 1gCalories: 897kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 25gFat: 67gSaturated Fat: 38gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 185mgSodium: 987mgPotassium: 1131mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2274IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 473mgIron: 3mg


Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword best scalloped potatoes, cheesy scalloped potatoes, easy scalloped potatoes, how to make scalloped potatoes, southern scallop potatoes, southern style scallop potatoes

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