The Best Scalloped Potatoes on the Planet Recipe

The Best Scalloped Potatoes on the Planet Recipe
According to several sources on the web, scalloped potatoes most likely originated in England and are named “scalloped” after the Old English word “collop,” meaning to slice thin. Traditional Scalloped potatoes are thinly sliced potatoes baked in an onion cream sauce. There are hundreds of variations, and I’ve been making a variation with bacon, sautéed onions, and whipping cream for years. Since my original recipe takes 1 1/2 – 2 hours in the oven, I set out to adapt it to the Instant Pot, thinking these potatoes would only take 20 minutes or so ; boy was I wrong. I had to make them three times before they worked out perfectly, and found that they still take a full hour in the Instant Pot. While my version, which I call The Best Scalloped Potatoes on the Planet doesn’t really save that much time, it cooks in the Instant Pot on the counter, doesn’t heat up the kitchen, and doesn’t take up valuable oven space. I can just set the pot and let it do its magic without supervision, which is one reason that Instant Pots are so great.
Don’t be tempted to add cheese; these potatoes don’t need it, and then they would need to be called Au Gratin (meaning to grate) Potatoes which is another dish entirely. If you’re short on time, this dish can be made a day or two ahead and reheated. Just put the casserole dish back in the Instant Pot on a rack with a cup and a half of water; they should take about 10-15 minutes.

8 Servings

1/2 pound thick sliced bacon
2 medium onions, quartered and sliced
2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4" slices
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 1/4 cups whipping cream
3/4 cup chicken broth, or substitute beef broth

  1. Cut the bacon into 1/2" slices and cook in a large skillet until crisp; remove the bacon from the pan to drain.
  2. Add the onions to the bacon fat in the pan and cook over medium high heat until they begin to brown; remove them from the pan to drain.
  3. In 2 quart casserole dish that fits into the Instant Pot (7-8" round works well), layer 1/2 of the potatoes, sprinkling with salt and pepper
  4. Top with 1/2 of the bacon and 1/2 of the onions; repeat.
  5. Mix the whipping cream and chicken broth; pour over the mixture.
  6. Cover tightly with foil.
  7. Pour 1 1/2 cups water in the bottom of an Instant Pot. Place a rack (preferably with handles, but you can also make a sling out of aluminum foil) in the Instant Pot.
  8. Place the casserole dish on the rack.
  9. Cover the pot, set the valve to sealing, and set to manual for 60 minutes.
  10. When the cycle has finished, let the pressure come down naturally. These potatoes can be made a day or two ahead and reheated in the Instant Pot for about 10 minutes.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 172
Percent Total Calories From:
Fat 56% Protein 9% Carb. 35%

Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 19 g
Saturated Fat 10 g
Cholesterol 60 mg
Sodium 320 mg
Total Carbohydrate 27 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 7 g

Vitamin A 11% Vitamin C 57% Calcium 0% Iron 8%

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