Creamy Gluten-Free Scalloped Potatoes

Creamy gluten free scalloped potatoes

The Spruce

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
310 Calories
11g Fat
44g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 310
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 625mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Protein 10g
Calcium 186mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Creamy gluten-free scalloped potatoes make an elegant side dish that's perfect for special occasions and holiday menus. It's also an easy, layered, and hearty dish that will feed a crowd but won't break the bank. 

Sweet rice flour has a higher starch content than regular rice flour, which makes it an excellent thickening agent and ideal for a gluten-free casserole. Don't let the word sweet fool you, though. This flour isn't sweet, but instead works beautifully to help give this scalloped potato dish its creamy essence. It works well as a thickener for other sauces, too, such as gluten-free béchamel. 

This dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next gathering. It's a side dish that everyone can enjoy— not just for those who are following a gluten-free diet.

Ingredients

  • 6 large Yukon gold potatoes, or russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cubed cooked gluten-free ham, optional
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, or dairy-free butter substitute, diced
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated cheddar cheese, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, optional
  • 3 tablespoons sweet rice flour
  • 2 cups whole milk, or dairy-free milk substitute, plus more if needed to cover potatoes

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for gluten-free scalloped potatoes
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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F /176 C. Lightly grease a 9- by 13-inch baking dish.

    Casserole dish lightly grease
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  3. Layer 1/3 of the sliced potatoes in the bottom of the dish, slightly overlapping them.

    Scalloped potatoes in a casserole dish
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  4. Scatter about 1/3 cup cubed ham over the bottom potato layer, if using.

    Cubed ham scattered over potatoes
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  5. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the minced parsley and dot with 1/3 of the butter.

    Sprinkle with parsley
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  6. Repeat the layers. Finish by evenly sprinkling the top layer with cheese and paprika, if using.

    Scalloped potatoes sprinkled with cheese and paprika
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  7. Whisk the sweet rice flour with 1/2 cup milk until smooth. Add the remaining milk and whisk to combine.

    Whisk rice flour into milk to thicken
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  8. Pour over the potatoes and add more milk, if necessary, to just cover the top of the potatoes.

    Pour thickened milk over potatoes
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  9. Bake in the oven until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork and the top is golden brown, about 1 hour.

    Baked gluten free scalloped potatoes
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  10. Let stand for 20 minutes before serving.

    Gluten free scalloped potatoes
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  11. Serve as a side to your next dinner and enjoy.

Tips

  • Make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans, and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. If the label is not clear and if you are in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.
  • You can make this casserole the night before, cover it, refrigerate it, and then bake it the next day.

Recipe Variations

  • For a dairy-free version of this recipe, substitute milk and butter with your favorite dairy-free products.
  • You can either omit the cheese or use a dairy-free cheddar substitute

How to Store and Freeze Gluten-Free Scalloped Potatoes

This recipe will keep refrigerated and covered for up to 5 days. Reheat in the oven at a low temperature, covered loosely with a little bit of foil.

You can also freeze this casserole, in part or in whole, in a well-sealed container in the refrigerator. If possible, protect the top layer with plastic wrap or foil before freezing, to eliminate any unwanted crystalization.