Scalloped Potatoes in the Oven or Slow Cooker


Sometimes you just need a choice.  I usually do homemade scalloped potatoes in the oven, but this time I needed to make them early in the day.

It was  one of those nights when you rush in the door at dinner time and need it to put itself on the table.

You know the kind.

Slow cooker to the rescue.  Again.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • About 2 lbs. potatoes, any variety (I used 7-8 good sized red)
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 2 Tbs. flour
  • 2 cups hot milk
  • salt and pepper

Scrub the potatoes.  You can peel them or leave the peels on.  Slice thinly.  (I love my Rada Cutlery Cook’s Knife for this job.)

Melt the butter over medium heat in a skillet.  Stir in the flour and cook for a minute or two.  Whisk in the hot milk.  Keep whisking until smooth.  Cook until bubbly and slightly thickened.  Season with salt and pepper.

Butter the crock of a slow cooker or a casserole dish if you’re using the oven.  Put in the potato slices.  Pour sauce over the potatoes.

Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 5-6 hours.  Or bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours or until the potatoes are tender when poked with a fork.

Serves 6-8 people.

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  1. Mmm, those look good!

  2. Wow–I love this idea for scalloped potatoes–I will need to put potatoes on the grocery list for next week 🙂

  3. These look totally scrumptious! YUM 🙂


    • Judy Metcalf says:

      Technically it is Scalloped Potatoes if it is without cheese and AuGratin if it has cheese in it. But I have always called my Mother wonderful cheesy potatoes Scalloped Potatoes anyway.


  6. Jessica Lawrence says:

    I am going to try this adding some cheese and onions!

  7. Deborah Momsen-Hudson says:

    What size crockpot did you use? Thanks!

    • My crockpot is 6 quart, but this would fit in a smaller one. It probably would fit in a 4 quart.

      • Thanks! I just ‘assembled’ it. Increased it by 50% – 11 potatoes, 3 c of milk, etc. Seemed right size for my 5 qt slow cooker. My slow cooker doesn’t work well if it isn’t mostly filled. I guessed on the salt – 1/2 tsp. Any idea what you put in? Also, the liquid didn’t cover the potatoes. Does that matter? Thanks for your help! This is a trial run for in-law dinner this weekend :).

  8. hi can I use Half & half for the milk? do I have to heat it? I have a recipe that uses half & half.
    its an oven recipe, scallop potatos, then slices of onion, slices of butter and start the next layer, finish off with half & half and bake in oven. but i want to do it in the crock pot. thanks

    • For this recipes you make a white sauce, which is typically made with milk. I think it would be pretty thick if you use half and half.

      • Vicki Seversen says:

        I used 5 lbs potatoes…1 small heavy whipped cream….layered potatoes with 2 TBls of flour and 3 Tbls butter and salt between each layer. I then covered the potatoes with half and half and cooked on high for 1 hr and then on low til the potatoes were tender….about 8 hrs….delicious and everyone loved it at our Christmas dinner!!

        • How many layers did you do? Do you recall how much half and half you used to cover? Can’t wait to try that version!

  9. Thank you for this wonderful scalloped potato recipe. Frustrates me when people post scalloped potato recipes with cheese in the ingredients. If I wanted cheese in it I would search for au gratin potatoes and not scalloped.

    • It is wonderful to find someone who knows the difference in scalloped potato and au gratin potato recipes. I know it is a small thing, but things like this lead to other things. I guess I might be picky about because I don’t like cheese. That might have something to do with it. 🙂 Stan

  10. Kathleen Darlington says:

    I chopped up some onions and put them between layers too. It’s in the oven and waiting to take it out in a while. smells great!!

  11. Donna aikin says:

    Thank you for sharing scalloped potatoes in white sauce and NO cheese. Almost all the receipts that I found had cheese in it. For me scalloped potatoes do not have cheese.


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