If you know me at all you know that cheese is my chocolate. I adore it. And America’s Test Kitchen is, in my humble opinion the ultimate source for cooking and baking. I love them. And this scalloped potatoes recipe is not only from their book, but it’s from their brand spanking new book that I’m so obsessed with that I had to tell you all about it and convince you to buy it pronto. Like, put this shizzle on your holiday wish list pronto. It’s called, The America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook.
Scalloped potatoes and augratin potatoes were frequently made at my house growing up, but as a college student I seemed to always under bake them. And before I go on, let’s go ahead and get your entry taken care of. So enter below and then read on because I want to tell you why this cookbook is so totally different and awesome.
I love that this cookbook not only takes you slowly and carefully through every single step, and includes pictures, but it also goes over what could go wrong. So there’s actually information on mushy, under cooked etc potatoes. There’s just no way to fail. And a few other important facts…
*Over 2,500 in color how-to photos
*step by step instructions versus just a normal recipe
*600 All Time Best Recipes
*An entire chapter on cooking basics from how to hold your knife to cooking terms
And if you’re anything like my girlfriend who replied that it didn’t matter if they took her through the steps because she didn’t know anything about terms either, well they’ve got you covered. The entire beginning of the book and then all throughout it is devoted to actually teaching you in simple terms everything you need to know. And yes, I realize that this sounds like a little advertisement, but honestly I chose to write about this book because I adore it. I think every college student, newly wed, adult, and person should own this book. It makes every meal a success and the recipes happen to be the best ever so not only will the food turn out, it will turn out amazing!
Are Potatoes Healthy?
A medium, unsalted plain baked potato with skin has only 160 calories and is naturally fat- and cholesterol-free.
Potatoes are high vitamin B6, vitamin C and iron, and are an excellent source of potassium.
It is what you choose to go on top of your potato that could make potatoes less healthy.
Can You Use Red Potatoes Instead of Russets?
Scalloped potatoes can be made with russets or low starch red potatoes.
Red potatoes will be firmer than russet potatoes when they are cooked.
Can Scalloped Potatoes Be Made Ahead?
You can prepare scalloped potatoes up to the point of baking, and then store in the refrigerator.
Scalloped potatoes can be prepared up to 2 days in advance.
- 2 Tablespoons Butter, unsalted
- 1 Onion, chopped fine
- 1 Tablespoon Thyme, Fresh, minced
- 2 Cloves Garlic , minced
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
- 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
- 2 1/2 Pounds Russet Potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8" thick
- 1 Cup Chicken Broth
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, garlic flavor, we like to experiment with the cheese flavor so we found this from Tillamook
- Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and heat to 425 degrees.
- Melt the butter in a dutch oven or large pot over medium high heat.
- Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly browned, about 4 minutes.
- Add the thyme, garlic, salt and pepper and cook for about 30-60 seconds.
- Add the potatoes, broth, heavy cream, and 2 bay leaves.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover and reduce the heat to medium -low.
- Simmer until the potatoes are almost tender, about 10 minutes.
- Discard the bay leaves.
- Transfer the potatoes to an 8 inch baking pan and press the potatoes out into an even layer.
- Sprinkle evenly with cheese and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until golden on top.
- Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Steakhouse Smashed Potatoes
I doubled this for a family dinner. Cooked in a 9×13 and it fit perfectly. The potatoes were divine. Big hit! I’ll definitely be making these again.
Yay! Love to hear this Joelle! Thank you for taking time to leave us a comment!
I just made this recipe x10 for a crowd from my cooks illustrated cookbook. That’s 25 lbs of potatoes and it took my sister and I about 4 hours. The only thing I changed was I used regular butter and I cut the thyme to one teaspoon per batch because I didn’t think I bought enough. They were the best potatoes ever and everyone raved about them. There were no leftovers either. This is one of those reliable recipes to keep in your arsenal and when you make a single batch there quick and easy.
Oh my goodness! That is a ton of work!! Way to go!
I think ATK’s recipes and tips are the “bible” of all cooking!
I love America’s Test Kitchen! They’re recipes are the best and I like the recommendations they make for kitchen products.
Love America’s Test Kitchen emails and tips…bet that cookbook is awesome! And I KNOW those potatoes are awesome!
I always look forward to scalloped potatoes at my thanksgiving table! These look so perfect 🙂 definitely saving this recipe!!
I not only love America’s Test Kitchen, I straight up adore it. It is the bee’s knees and a little slice of culinary genius all rolled up into one! Let’s get our potato on!!!
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YUM! Thanks for hosting the giveaway 🙂
I love ATK – their recipes are always amazingly good and pretty easy. Love what they make!
yes, my mom bought me an ATK “best recipes of 2012” last christmas!
Yes, I love ATK!
I love America’s Test Kitchen website. Its filled with SO many recipes that are look so easy because of all the help they offer through videos and complete step by step instructions.
I love America’s Test Kitchen!
I love the way America’s Test Kitchen focuses on these favorite recipes. The potatoes look delicious!
This book looks even better than I imagined, this definitely is on my wish list.
I want the funeral potatoes too!
Does it really call for fresh time?
Absolutely LOVE ATK and all of their cookbooks! All I want for Christmas is to expand my ATK library!
I love America’s Test Kitchen and have asked for this book for Christmas.
I learn so much from ATK!
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I love America’s Test Kitchen! They have great ideas!
We’re big fans of ATK. Love their shows and cookbooks.
Potatoes look positively decadent!
Would love this book. Also, those potatoes look dang good.
Justine @ The Lone Home Ranger
I am glad so many others love America’s Test Kitchen! I DVR the episodes so I can have an ATK and Cook’s Country weekend marathon.
I’ve got a Craftsy cooking class giveaway today on my blog!
I love ATK! Big fan of the show, podcast, and their cookbooks.
I’ve been in love with America’s Test Kitchen since I first saw their show years ago.
These look amazing!
My wife and I love America’s Test Kitchen. We just wish they had a few more vegetarian and vegan dishes, possibly some vegan alternatives. This book might help.
You can never go wrong with a Test Kitchen recipe. Never.
Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction
America’s Test Kitchen always has the best recipes! These scalloped potatoes look perfect!
I agree! America’s test kitchen is amazing! Also I can’t believe I’ve never made scalloped potatoes! I’ll definitely give them a try. Thanks for the giveaway!
I love scalloped potatoes. We usually use cheddar cheese but Gruyere would be awesome…..next time.
Scalloped potatoes are always my favorite! I could go for a big plate of them right now.
Wendy | Around My Family Table
I am drooling and having serious cravings. Scalloped potatoes were a favorite growing up.
i totally need these in my life.
i’m giving away a kitchenaid mixer on my blog! i’d love it if you came by and said hi!:
sounds great! Thanks
Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
I love the ATK cookbooks! There is, without a doubt, no better Thanksgiving side than the scalloped potatoes. These look heavenly, Carrian!
I love scalloped potatoes! And they do take a while to cook! But so worth it!!
I’d love to just look at the pictures in this book. Of course, I’m sure I’d love the recipes too 🙂
I’m not familiar with America’s Test Kitchen, but I think I wouldlove this cookbook!
*gasp!* You must win then! It’s the best ever! It’s hardly a cookbook and more like an experience. Seriously.
America’s Test Kitchen is one of my “go to” resources for kitchen classics. I love the no-fail approach, and always feel confident serving dishes prepared from ATK’s recipes. Thank you for the chance to win!
they are the best!
I love ATK, they’re the best!
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I love America’s Test Kitchen and I love your blog!
Liz @ Virtually Homemade
I love fresh thyme! I just made a savory sweet potatoes dish that used thyme and garlic 🙂
Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
cheese is heaven, and so are these potatoes!!!
p.s. the only thing different that i would add to the recipe is GRUYERE cheese, it’s my fav.
and p.s.s. – can’t wait for the rafflecopter giveaway :0)
Katrina, is the giveaway not showing for you? It is live and I can see it. And yes, we’ve made it with gruyere and it’s awesomeness!
It’s not showing for me either. If you click on it, it says “soon”.
it wasn’t earlier but now it is…….thanks!
i LOVE America’s Test Kitchen…..their recipe for Fried Chicken is the best (the one using water, oddly enough).
I love Scalloped potatoes! My granddad used to make them when I was little. I found a really good recipe online a few years back but I will be sure to save this one too 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Thanksgiving couldn’t be Thanksgiving without scalloped potatoes. These look absolutely incredible! Great job!