To be American is to love potatoes. I'm part American and I love potatoes. I cook potatoes quite often and I never get tired of eating them. I love my potatoes mashed, baked, boiled, and even broiled, but my favorite method would be scalloped and then baked. This scalloped potato dish is one that will bring the warm and fuzzies to your tummy.
Beautifully scalloped potatoes that have been dredged in a spicy cream mixture and layered with parmesan cheese, then baked until the top is golden and bubbly is comfort food in it's truest form.
Scalloped potatoes was not a dish that I grew up eating, but one that I discovered as I started looking for different ways to prepare potatoes. Although this dish will take a few extra steps to make, it is definitely worth the time and effort. Enjoy!
Spicy Scalloped Potatoes
- 2 lbs russet potatoes (about 5 potatoes)
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- ½ - ¾ cup Parmesan cheese
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 2 sprigs dill
- 2 sprigs parsley
- 4-5 leaves of rosemary (not the entire sprig)
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (you can add more if you like it really spicy)
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- dash of salt
- Peel and slice potatoes. You can slice these by hand or use a mandolin which is the easiest way to get uniformed slices. Slice the potatoes to ⅛ inch thickness. Place potatoes in a bowl with cold water to prevent from browning.
- Prepare the cream mixture by heating milk on low heat and adding chopped herbs, salt, garlic powder, chopped garlic, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Let it simmer until for 5 minutes on low heat.
- Butter a casserole dish and begin to layer potatoes. Pour a little milk over the first layer and then sprinkle some Parmesan cheese. Continue to layer until your milk mixture and potatoes have been used up.
- Sprinkle a little paprika or cayenne pepper on the top layer then add rest of parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 55 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of the dish to make sure potatoes have cooked all the way through. If the top is not brown enough, turn the broiler on for 2 minutes to get a golden brown crust. Keep and eye on it since the broiler works quickly and can burn your potato dish easily!