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April 4, 2017

Mediterranean Scalloped Potatoes

Mediterranean Scalloped Potatoes make a flavorful, cheesy side dish for a springtime get-together. Transform classic Scalloped Potatoes, made with cheddar, milk and butter, into a Mediterranean-spiced one using mountains of fresh parsley, thyme, oregano and rosemary. Layer the ingredients in a baking dish, then bake until bubbly and golden brown. The perfect Easter side dish, Mediterranean Scalloped Potatoes are best enjoyed with people you love!

Mediterranean Scalloped Potatoes make a scrumptious side dish for any get-together. Cheesy and flavorful, these potatoes are the perfect Easter dinner side! #recipe #Easter #dinner #sidedish

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My grandmother, Bugga, made the best scalloped potatoes. However, her recipe, simple, true, and perfect, was never quantified.

Every member of our family makes classic scalloped potatoes the way Bugga did, eyeballing the ingredients as we go, knowing what we’re looking for on sigh alone, not measurement.

For Easter recipe inspiration this year, I wanted to take Bugga’s classic and add a twist with fresh herbs. As previously mentioned, my mother was in town for Lady A’s birthday, and the day before she left, I planned for us to develop, make, photograph and eat the Easter dinner.

Not only did my mom chop a mountain of herbs for these dishes – a feat in and of itself – but she made these gorgeous scalloped potatoes following her mom’s recipe, too.

And this time, she wrote it all down.

Mediterranean Scalloped Potatoes make a scrumptious side dish for any get-together. Cheesy and flavorful, these potatoes are the perfect Easter dinner side! #recipe #Easter #dinner #sidedish

I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like, but these ones are special. They remind me of my childhood and taste like home, comfort and Bugga’s cooking, which I miss dearly. And they harkened back to a time when things were simpler.

To say that I would’ve happily eaten the entire dish of these potatoes is not an exaggeration.

Mediterranean Scalloped Potatoes make a scrumptious side dish for any get-together. Cheesy and flavorful, these potatoes are the perfect Easter dinner side! #recipe #Easter #dinner #sidedish

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Mediterranean Scalloped Potatoes make a scrumptious side dish for any get-together. Cheesy and flavorful, these potatoes are the perfect Easter dinner side! #recipe #Easter #dinner #sidedish

Mediterranean Scalloped Potatoes. They’re oh-so-simple, yet oh-so-delicious.

The fresh herbs reinvent this classic dish, and they pair beautifully with the Easter dinner I have prepared for y’all.

Here’s how you can make ‘em at your home:

Mediterranean Scalloped Potatoes make a scrumptious side dish for any get-together. Cheesy and flavorful, these potatoes are the perfect Easter dinner side! #recipe #Easter #dinner #sidedish

Mediterranean Scalloped Potatoes make a scrumptious side dish for any get-together. Cheesy and flavorful, these potatoes are the perfect Easter dinner side! #recipe #Easter #dinner #sidedish
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Mediterranean Scalloped Potatoes

Mediterranean Scalloped Potatoes make a flavorful, cheesy side dish for a springtime get-together. Transform classic Scalloped Potatoes, made with cheddar, milk and butter, into a Mediterranean-spiced one using mountains of fresh parsley, thyme, oregano and rosemary. Layer the ingredients in a baking dish, then bake until bubbly and golden brown. The perfect Easter side dish, Mediterranean Scalloped Potatoes are best enjoyed with people you love!
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

  • 3 medium Russet potatoes , peeled and sliced into ½” thick rounds
  • 2 cups white cheddar cheese , shredded + additional cheese for the top
  • 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter , chilled and cut into ¼” squares
  • 1 1/3 cups milk (nonfat or whole OK)
  • ½ cup onion , diced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley , finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme , finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh oregano , finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary , finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spray a large baking dish with nonstick baking spray, then set aside.
  2. Peel the potatoes and rinse. Using a mandolin or a sharp knife, cut the potatoes into half-inch thick rounds. This will ensure they’re thin enough to cook through in the specified amount of time but thick enough so they don’t fall apart during the cooking process.
  3. In a large baking dish, add one third of the sliced potato rounds.
  4. Add one third of each of the following: butter, milk, cheese, onion and seasonings.
  5. Repeat this step twice more until your casserole has THREE layers.
  6. Transfer the uncovered scalloped potatoes into the preheated oven.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes, checking occasionally to see how the top is browning.
  8. When the potatoes are bubbly and the top layer of cheese has browned, remove from the oven. (It took ours around 55 minutes for perfection, but my oven is old, so please keep an eye on yours.)
  9. Serve warm, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you want to do some of the prep in advance, do the following: Slice the potatoes and place them in a bowl of water. Refrigerate for up to a few hours before patting dry and layering into the dish.

Have you ever translated a family recipe like this?

That said, what dish reminds YOU of your childhood?

16 Comments

  1. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    Scalloped potatoes are one of our favorite dishes around here. I can’t wait to try this Mediterranean twist!

    • Erin

      They’re one of our favorites, too! And I hope y’all like this rendition!

  2. Delaney | Melanie Makes

    What an elegant side dish!

    • Erin

      Thank you!

  3. Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie

    I bet those herbs take scalloped potatoes to a whole new level of amazing!

    • Erin

      The herbs just add something different to the potatoes, and to me, I think they elevate the potatoes!

  4. Sandi G

    I can’t stop drooling over your first photo….melty cheese, herbs, it is so tempting. I hope to try this out sometime soon.

    • Erin

      Thank you, thank you! Those herbs and the cheese together work so well. Enjoy, Sandi!

  5. katerina @ diethood.com

    I can’t wait to try this dish!! It looks and sounds fantastic!!

    • Erin

      I hope you enjoy it, Katerina!

  6. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    Thank goodness for people who are willing to write down measurements! I’m so happy she did. 🙂

    • Erin

      You and me both! 😀

  7. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    The Mediterranean twist is awesome! Can’t wait to try these!

    • Erin

      Thank you! I hope y’all enjoy this as much as we did!

  8. Starla

    These look delicious. I am loving the spices combination!

    • Erin

      Thank you! The spice combination is wonderful here!

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