Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes also known as Potato Gratin.

Scalloped Potatoes

You say gratin I say scalloped potatoes.

This was one of my moms go-to dinners when we were growing up.  Scalloped potatoes with cheese, potatoes and a little milk at the bottom of the baking dish.  Simple and delicious!  The only modification mom ever did was add ham to it.  My favorite part was the crispy baked cheese that clung to the foil atop the potatoes. :)  Unfortunately, that was my brothers favorite part too. :(

I’ve had suggestions (from beloved friends that have never even tried it) to add onions, garlic, spices…I just don’t care for it that way.

I recently dressed it up a little out of sheer curiosity.  Well, that and since my little girl is the proud wearer of a set of braces and everything has to be soft when she gets any adjustments.  It really breaks my heart to see her uncomfortable because she is not a complainer.  And when she says that she is in pain it’s heartbreaking.

Scalloped Potatoes with Cheese, ham and Cauliflower

I was determined to give her a soft dinner to go easy on those poor little teeth.

This was so good everyone ate more than I anticipated.

I always prefer that she have raw vegetables but in this case, cooked is better than none at all and cauliflower is way too hard on tender teeth.

Ok, it’s actually broccliflower but since there really isn’t much difference in my opinion I labeled it as cauliflower for simplistic reasons.  I prefer it anyway. :)

This is another inspiration.  I have listed the ingredients but now much you add is up to YOU!  Follow your heart. This recipe also happens to be gluten free.

Scalloped Potatoes with Cauliflower & Bacon

by Dionne Baldwin, adapted from my childhood recipe


shredded cheese, cheddar or monterey jack

cauliflower in smaller chunks or slices, enough to lay out a single layer in your baking dish but I recommend enough for TWO

chopped bacon


sliced green onions for garnish

Preheat oven to 350.  Peel and slice potatoes and put down a single layer in the bottom of a baking dish.  Add a generous layer of shredded cheese, then a layer of cauliflower.  Pack it in there as much as you want! :)  Then sprinkle chopped bacon.  Repeat with another layer of potatoes, shredded cheese and you can choose to add a second layer of cauliflower if you want.  It’s SO GOOD with the cheese and potatoes that you might as well.  Sprinkle more bacon, then potatoes and top with shredded cheese.  Pour about 1/2-3/4 cup of milk into baking dish, cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes to an hour until potatoes are tender and cheese is begging to be eaten!

Always verify the labels on all your ingredients before using if you have an intolerance for gluten. :) This recipe shown in this post is gluten free.

Did you have a go-to meal growing up?  Did you get sick of it or do you make it now by choice?

  1. RavieNomNomsRavieNomNoms03-27-2012

    My mom JUST made this the other day. She had ham in hers. I call it scalloped potatoes too, always have. I actually never knew what au gratin was haha and then I tried it one time and was like hey this strangely resembles scalloped potatoes!

    Your poor daughter with the braces :-(. My brother and sister had those, thank goodness I did not. I always felt so bad for them when they got them tightened or adjusted. Keep those scalloped potatoes coming!

  2. magicofspicemagicofspice03-27-2012

    I have not had this in ages…my mom used to make it as well :) Love the addition of cauliflower, and my sons would love the bacon :) Looks cheesy and delicious!

  3. mairzeebpmairzeebp03-27-2012

    I’m so looking forward to tying this! Potatoes are near and dear to my ticker :). As for a go to meal growing up, I loved and still love shepherds pie. I’d mix up the ground beef and potatoes with the string beans, it was a home run every time. I haven’t had it in such long time so a reintroduction is in our near future.

  4. Anna JohnstonAnna Johnston03-27-2012

    Yep, Im with mairzeebp, cant wait to try this. Looks and sounds AMAZING. The meal we were treated to growing up was Meatballs in Tomato & Corn Soup on Mashed Potatoes. LOVE IT!!!! Defo think I need to make that little baby again soon. LOL!
    Me likey the addition of the cauliflower, yummo!

  5. Kiri W.Kiri W.03-28-2012

    This looks utterly delicious :) Well done!

  6. I would adore this dish with all my mouth! Oh my. How can you not love anything with potatoes and cheese, and I love the cauliflower addition. Great job!

  7. Cucina49Cucina4903-28-2012

    They called them scalloped potatoes in my neck of the woods, too–you have been on a serious comfort food roll lately–it’s making me hungry!

  8. Choc Chip UruChoc Chip Uru03-28-2012

    Scalloped pototoes are unbeatable – your photos prove this 😀

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Maple Raisin Ice Cream

  9. mjskitmjskit03-29-2012

    What a great mother you are! A perfect meal for a young one in new braces – so healthy and tasty and a perfect texture. Looks wonderful!

  10. KaviKavi03-30-2012

    This is such a wonderful recipe! You have a really nice blog :)

  11. Nami | Just One CookbookNami | Just One Cookbook03-31-2012

    I have never had braces (I should have!) and didn’t know it gives pain? Oh yikes. I hope she’s feeling better. Your are sweet mom making soft food for her. This looks delicious and soft. :-)

  12. comowater.comcomowater.com03-31-2012

    Cheesy potatoes and crunchy cauliflower?!?!? Ah, HECK YEAH!

  13. Awww poor Taylor rocking the braces. :( I hope she adjusts quickly and all the pain goes away. T.T

    This however looks like an amazing delicious awesome meal that only moms can make perfect. I love the addition of broccoliflower (which I have never seen at my market – so I guess Ill stick to cauliflower).

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