This recipe for crockpot scalloped potatoes is a very popular one, and it's easy to see why. The potatoes are super easy to fix and the slow cooker makes cooking a breeze. It's also an excellent choice for a busy day meal, and the side dish doesn't take up oven space if you're working on a big dinner or holiday feast.
There are a number of things you could do to add different flavors to the recipe. I usually slice a peeled clove of garlic and rub it all over the sides and bottom of the cooker before buttering the inside. Or, saute a few tablespoons of shallots or minced onions in the saucepan before you add the flour.
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- 5 medium potatoes, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
- fresh chopped parsley or chives, for garnish, optional
- Butter the bottom and sides of the slow cooker crockery insert.
- Turn the sliced potatoes the buttered crock pot.
- Combine the 3 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. When the butter has melted, add the flour, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the milk. Heat and stir until bubbly and thickened. Add the shredded cheese and continue cooking, stirring, until the cheese has melted.
- Pour the cheese sauce over the potatoes.
- Cover and cook on low 5 to 7 hours, stirring once or twice during the cooking time to keep the potatoes coated with the cheese sauce.
- Transfer the potatoes to a serving bowl and garnish with parsley or chives, if desired.
Variations and Tips
- Instead of thinly sliced potatoes cut the potatoes into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch cubes.
- Add about 1/4 cup of chopped onion to the butter and saute until just tender. Add the flour, salt, and pepper and proceed with the recipe.
- For extra color and flavor, add a few tablespoons of minced green onion or red or green bell pepper. Or add some diced pimiento to the sauce.
- Add 1 cup of diced ham to the sauce mixture, or add about 1/4 cup of diced cooked bacon for some smoky flavor.
- For a freshly baked au gratin look, transfer the cooked potato mixture to a buttered baking dish. Combine 1 cup of soft fresh bread crumbs with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Sprinkle the crumbs over the potatoes and bake at 400 F for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until browned.
- Top the potatoes with extra cheddar cheese just before they're done and continue cooking until melted.
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