Welcome to how to make scalloped potatoes on a budget.
Firstly, let me start with a big fat confession before I show you how to make a budget friendly version of scalloped potatoes.
I have seen recipes everywhere lately for scalloped potatoes and had absolutely no idea what it was and I had to turn to Google to find out. Its not that I don’t know how to cook potatoes but with a dish that is not known of among the Europeans I needed to find out.
The way we Brits have always known about scallops it has always had something to do with the delicious fish cakes that we grew up with via our local fish and chip shop. They were absolutely delicious and out of this world with flavour.
I would always choose between one of these scallops or battered sausage when I was in the queue at the chippy. The scallop always won though. I was probably drawn in by the taste of a piece of scalloped potato, a piece of scalloped fish, all of which was inside layer of batter.
I suppose for once, the American version is healthier!
So if you are in my boat and want to know (and learn how to cook too) scalloped potato then this is the history lesson…..
“Scalloped potatoes is an American & Irish type of casserole combining thin slices of potatoes with cheese, cream and breadcrumbs.”
When I read this my first thought is that the Brits do have it but they simply call it potato gratin. The same kind of food and like many American Vs British food cuisine you have similar flavourings just different phrases to describe it.
That is probably why when I am looking for recipes of certain classics I never find any American versions as we name them differently.
So whether you are American or European lets enjoy our classic dish as a family and enjoy a frugal treat.
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How Frugal Is Scalloped Potatoes?
Our bread and butter pudding recipe works out at 2,72€ for a family of four or 0,68€ each. Or if you are based in America then this is just $0.76 per mouth that you have to feed!
- Thinly slice all your potatoes making sure the skin stays on!
- In a large casserole dish layer your ingredients into the dish.
- Start with a layer of potatoes; follow with a bit of sliced onion and edam. Follow this up with a couple of squares of your butter to complete the layer.
- Carry on doing this until you have run out of potatoes, onions, edam and butter.
- Then when finished pour over your whole milk, cream and finish off with grating the cheddar cheese on top and sprinkling with salt and pepper.
- Cook in the oven for 70 minutes on 220c or until the potatoes are cooked and the liquid has disappeared.
Butter is of course clearly bad for you and to be enjoyed in moderation. If you prefer you can swap the butter for coconut milk and the cheese for cottage cheese.