Fannie Farmer's Scalloped Potatoes

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 5m
Ready In

"A great "Classic" recipe from my Fannie Farmer's Cooking School Cookbook dated 1946. This is the only recipe I have used for Scalloped Potatoes for many years. Sometimes simple is best! You can always add bacon, ham, sliced onion or onion powder, garlic, fresh or from the jar or garlic powder, and any other combination of spices you like. Make it the way you like it best, but just like this is supreme!"

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (282 g)
  • Calories 297.5
  • Total Fat - 14.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 40.6 mg
  • Sodium - 225.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 35.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.2 g
  • Sugars - 6.5 g
  • Protein - 6.5 g
  • Calcium - 125.3 mg
  • Iron - 1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 15.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).

Step 2

Butter a 1 1/2 quart casserole.

Step 3

Cover the bottom of the casserole with a single layer of potatoes.

Step 4

Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, flour and a few dots of butter.

Step 5

Repeat until all of the potato slices are used.

Step 6

Pour milk over the potato slices, until the top is almost covered.

Step 7

Dot with the remaining butter.

Step 8

Bake for 1 hour, or until the potatoes are soft.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I added layers of thin slices of sauteed onions and Cheddar cheese to have with a baked ham slice and pickled beets and it was delicious!

review by:
(3 Jun 2019)


Cut the recipe back to two servings - followed your recipe. Great results. Easy old fashioned scalloped potatoew. It was perfect with a ham steak. 15 Nov 15 Made again - this time served with meatloaf. Enjoyed just as much

review by:
(5 Apr 2015)


I added 1 small sliced onion to the potatoes before putting them in the oven and added about 1 cup of Cheddar cheese over the top the last 20 minutes in the oven and they were so delicious!

review by:
(26 Feb 2014)


I tried your mac n cheese and had to try this one too since I didn't have a clue how to make scalloped potatoes. The only thing I added was some thinly sliced onions and sprinkled garlic powder on top before putting in the oven. They were comfort to the soul and tasted wonderful!

review by:
(13 Feb 2014)


I added a medium sized onion to the potatoes before preparing the rest of the recipe. These are such a simple recipe yet so good at the same time. Next time I will probably add some garlic and some sort of cheese. It's no wonder these are still going strong after all these years. Simple goodness!

review by:
(23 Jun 2013)