These Cajun scalloped potatoes use a handful of simple ingredients for a spicy and flavorful twist on the creamy, cheesy layered potato side dish that everyone loves!
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These scalloped potatoes/potato gratin are perfect for the upcoming holidays or when you're feeling like something extra comforting. There's something special about scalloped potatoes, but they're actually very simple to make. Using a mandoline slicer is the best way to slice the potatoes quickly and evenly so they cook at the same rate (I linked the mandoline I use in the recipe notes below).
These scalloped potatoes are a perfect complement to anything from a roast (like for a Sunday supper or celebration dinner) to a steak, chicken dinner, or even fish. Basically what I'm trying to say is that these cheesy potatoes will make any dinner better.
Scalloped potatoes are good, but Tony's Original Creole Seasoning kicks the flavor up, and you'll never want to make them without it again. I always have some sitting on my counter, and I have yet to find a recipe that this seasoning doesn't improve. Tony Chachere's is family-owned and based in Louisiana, so you know their products have that authentic Cajun flavor.
How to assemble Cajun scalloped potatoes:
After peeling and slicing the potatoes, half of them are layered on the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish (don't worry, you don't have to do this perfectly). Half the cream mixture is then poured over top, and the parmesan and cheddar cheese are sprinkled over top. The layers are then repeated. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.
Recipe notes & tips:
- I place the baking dish on a baking sheet in the oven just in case it spills over a bit (for less clean-up). Ensure there's about 1" of clearance between the top of the potatoes and the edge of the baking dish.
- You can swap the cheddar for gruyère if you prefer.
- I would double everything for a 9x13 casserole dish (you may be able to get 3 layers depending how you arrange it). Baking time may increase (I would still test after 60-70 minutes).
- I use my trusty & affordable OXO mandoline slicer for this recipe. I also like using a protective glove for extra safety.
- I don't recommend subbing the cream for anything with a lower fat content because it's likely to curdle, and the potatoes won't be as creamy.
- For any leftovers, I suggest reheating them in the oven or on the stove at a low heat vs. in the microwave. The cream is likely to separate if you warm the potatoes up at too high of a heat.
More Cajun-inspired recipes to try:
- Dirty Rice Dressing
- Creole Sausage Balls with Remoulade Dipping Sauce
- Cajun Pasta Salad
- Cajun Chicken and Gnocchi Bake
- Cajun Chicken and Shrimp Alfredo
Questions about these Creole scalloped potatoes? Talk to me in the comments below!
Cajun Scalloped Potatoes
- 2 pounds Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes peeled & sliced thinly
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1.5 cups heavy/whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning
- 1 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese
- 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat your oven to 350F and move the rack to the middle position.
- Meanwhile, grate the cheese and prepare the potatoes by peeling them and using a mandoline slicer to cut them into 1/8" (3 mm) slices.
- Add the butter to a small saucepan over medium-high heat, and once it's melted, add the garlic and cook it for about 30 seconds. Add in the cream and Tony's seasoning. Let it warm through, stirring occasionally, until the seasoning has been fully mixed in. As it reaches a boil, take it off the heat.
- Arrange half of the potatoes on the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish (overlap the potatoes but don't worry about arranging them perfectly). Pour half the cream mixture over top, and then add half of each cheese. Repeat the process for the second layer, finishing up with a layer of cheese on top.
- Bake uncovered for 70-75 minutes. Ovens vary, so I would check after 60 minutes if your oven runs hot. A toothpick should slide into the potatoes easily without much resistance.
- Let the potatoes sit for 5 minutes prior to serving.
- Serves 4-6 depending on serving size.
- There is no need to add extra salt in this recipe (Tony's Original Creole Seasoning contains salt).
- You may want to place the baking dish on a baking sheet just so any splatter/spills don't end up in your oven.