Hasselback Scalloped Potatoes

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A few weeks ago we went on a potato bender because duh… have you ever met a potato you didn’t like? Me neither! Today it’s a Hasselback Scalloped Potatoes situation just in the knick of time for Easter!

Hasselback Scalloped Potatoes from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Traditionally Scalloped Potatoes are baked laying down, flat, against the casserole dish – but hasselback potatoes are so sexy and thanks to Serious Eats, they’re happening in my kitchen this year. This recipe is equal parts cheesy, gooey, crispy, carby deliciousness. Easy to slice and serve to a crowd too!

Hasselback Scalloped Potatoes from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Hasselback Scalloped Potatoes

5 from 6 votes
We all love a potato, and these Hasselback Scalloped Potatoes are no exception! Stunning layers of potatoes with cheese, pancetta, cream and herbs. Truly heaven! Recipe adapted from Serious Eats
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Side Dish, Dinner
Cuisine French
Servings 8 servings


  • 3 ounces shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 2 ounces shredded Parmigiano-reggiano
  • 4 ounces cubed pancetta cooked
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 pounds russet potatoes peeled and sliced 1/8th-inch thick on a mandoline slicer


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Combine cheeses and cooked pancetta in a large bowl. Transfer 1 handful of the cheese mixture to a separate bowl and set aside. Add cream, garlic, and thyme to remaining cheese mixture and season with salt and pepper. Add potato slices and toss to combine, making sure the cream mixture coats every potato slice.
  • Spray a medium casserole dish non-stick cooking spray. Take a handful of potatoes, and stack them on top of each other and then lay them in the casserole dish like a hasselback potato. Continue stacking potatoes in the casserole dish until it’s full of potatoes and everything is tightly packed. Pour the leftover cream mixture evenly over potatoes until the mixture comes half-way up the sides of the potatoes, if you have even more leftover liquid after that, just discard.
  • Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and transfer to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, remove from oven, remove foil and continue baking until top is pale golden brown, about 25-30 minutes more. Once golden, remove from oven, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and return to oven. Bake until deep golden brown and crisp on top, about 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven, let rest for a few minutes, and slice and serve.


Invest in a mandolin to make these amazing potatoes! You will love how evenly you can slice all sorts of foods.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 820mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1079IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 260mg | Iron: 2mg

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe lightly adapted from Serious Eats


  1. This looks gorgeous!! And I have never yet met a potato I didn’t love!! I KNOW I am going to love this one.

  2. In an effort to prepare most items the night before easter and bake the morning of (for brunch after church)….do you think it would be okay to cook the potatoes all the way thru the second 30 minutes, cool, cover and refrigerate, then in the morning sprinkle with the final cheese and bake off?

  3. Can’t wait to make this. Quick question. What is the butter used for? I read it through twice to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Sorry if I did. Making this for Easter!!!

    1. Just updated the recipe!! No butter needed – unless you want to dot the top of the dish with butter before baking but I think it’s not needed 🙂

  4. Loved these potatoes. Made them for Canadian Thanksgiving and they were a hit! Making them again today for guests. Thanks for the great recipe!

  5. Can you give me an idea what a “medium casserole dish” would be? I am wondering if this is smaller than the usual 9 x 13 casserole dish? Dimensions please?

  6. Can we cook a bit the potatoes before starting the recepie? maybe it would save some oven time ?

    1. if you cook the sliced potatoes ahead of time, they become much harder to handle. I prefer the method as written

  7. Such a fabulous idea for any holiday. And for those of us that love “the crunchies”, we won’t be upset if someone takes the corner from us. This seems like every bite will be “the perfect bite”!! Loooove!!!

  8. I made this, for the first time, about month ago . It was such a hit and so easy that I’ve made it weekly ever since. Once for an overworked friend, once as a sympathy meal for a neighbor, and three times for my family. Its easily 3 meals worth of potatoes per recipe. It rewarms well and is better looking than most scalloped potato recipes I’ve had. I’m even getting requests for the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  9. 5 stars
    These are my favorite “fancy potatoes”. We made them for Thanksgiving and New Years.
    Today I’m making them as a side for a giant smoked brisket.
    Comfort food at it’s finest.
    Would I need to change anything to double the recipe?
    Thanks Gaby!

    1. nope – just double everything and keep your eyes on baking time as that might change ever so slightly

  10. These look amazing! Quick question, you say to cut at 1/8″ which is about 3 mm but I only have a 2 mm and a 4 mm slicer. Do you think it’s best for the potatoes to be a little thicker or a little thinner? Any recommended adjustments?

  11. 5 stars
    I made this dish on Thanksgiving. It is the best potato dish I have ever made. I didn’t have pancetta (I just added a little more salt), and I used coconut milk because I can’t do liquid dairy. It came out great. Thank you for this recipe.

  12. I made these potatoes for Christmas and I’m already dreaming about when I can make them again. They were so easy and so scrumptious! They even reheated well the next day in the microwave. This recipe is a keeper.

  13. These look great! Have you ever made these without the pancetta? Looking for a meatless option, and I am wondering whether they need anything else if I eliminate the meat. Thanks!

  14. Other than the pancetta, this recipe is identical to J. Kenji Lopez-Alt’s hasselback potato gratin. If you’ve adapted it from his, I think it would be fair of you to note that and give credit where due.

    1. He’s credited multiple times in the recipe!! Always give credit where credit is due! xx

  15. If I wanted to make these ahead of time (i.e the day before serving) to avoid the potatoes turning brown from oxidization, what would you recommend? Partially cooking maybe the first 60 minutes and last 30 mins the day of? Also if my oven needed to be at 450, could I cook these the last 30 at 450 for a shorter time?

    1. yes – bake for the first 60 day before, then finish (covered with tin foil) next day until warmed and cooked thru

  16. These have become a favourite and so easy! Perfect for holidays and I often do it with a beef tenderloin roast and salad. Only change I have made is skipping the pancetta and sometimes add a bit of cereal cream along with the heavy cream.

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