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Quick Potato Bake

by Adrianne

Quick Potato Bake is a must have in every home cook’s repertoire!  This scalloped potato bake is creamy, cheesy and such an easy recipe to make!

Quick Potato Bake in a white skillet with servers

Mexican Lime Chicken Thighs, Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken and our Chicken Wings are all tasty dinner recipes you pair with a side dish like our skin on roast potatoes or creamy garlic potatoes.

Scalloped potatoes are those which have a creamy sauce that the potatoes cook in! 

The creamy cheese sauce is a great alternative to olive oil roast potatoes. Plus it makes for soft, melt in your mouth potatoes! If carbs are your thing, serve it alongside our Toad in the Hole.

For other potato side ideas, try the Muffin Tin Potatoes recipe, or if after crunchy, the Duck Fat Roast Potatoes.

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What does scalloped potatoes mean?

It is easy to get confused between au gratin potatoes, scalloped potatoes, potato bake or cheesy creamy potatoes!! 

Don’t worry too much about it, in fact don’t loose a wink of sleep. 

The way to think about it, is that scalloped potatoes are cooked in cream, whereas gratin potatoes are cooked with a cheesy topping which melts to a light golden brown. 

Most potato bake recipes are made with scalloped potatoes. The thickness of which can vary. 

For this recipe we are using very thinly cut potatoes as they cook very quickly in our creamy cheesy sauce! 

Easy Cheesy Potato Bake recipe

The best way to prepare our potatoes is to use a mandolin which is a hand held utensil with a sharp blade that does a swift job of slicing the potatoes. 

Potatoes are the perfect side dish you can serve them with just about ANYTHING!! 

If you remember from our Skin on Roast Potatoes potatoes that don’t take long to cook are a great accompaniment to any meal! 

For this recipe, we want a quick cook time. So we slice the potatoes thinly to achieve that and and they will then cook quickly!

Quick and Easy Potato Bake ingredients

The ingredients for this recipe are shown in the photo below, they are easy to find and are simple to cook with:

Ingredients for quick potato bake

As you can see we need:

  • washed potatoes
  • cheese
  • cream 
  • dried onion
  • thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • parsley

If you want to add more ingredients to the dish, you can try bacon and garlic as we all know they go together like Batman and Robin. 

What food goes well with potato bake?

The best thing about potato bake is that it works with everything!! 

It is perfect to serve with meats, at a BBQ, with a salad and some chicken or take to a picnic!

Try pairing with:

  • steak
  • chicken
  • pork
  • fish
  • sausages
  • chicken wings

The creamy cheesy potatoes can be served hot or cold if you are looking for a pot luck dish or leftovers!! 

All we need to do is prep and season the potatoes, pop them into a skillet or baking dish and let them oven bake. 


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Step by Step Easy Potato Bake 

The steps we need to take are shown in the photos below. 

Process shots 1 to 4 for potato bake with text over lay

  1. use a potato peeler to peel your potatoes (photo 1)
  2. then use a mandolin to thinly slice your potatoes (photo 2)
  3. place the sliced potatoes into a bowl and season them (photo 3)
  4. start by adding the dried onion (photo 4)

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East cheesy potato bake steps with text overlay 5 to 8

Easy Cheesy Potato Bake recipe

  • add dried thyme (shown in photo 5) 
  • followed by salt and pepper (shown in photo 6)
  • use a spoon to combine all of the seasonings (shown in photo 7)
  • then pour in the cream (shown in photo 8)

The herbs and dried onion bring flavour to the dish and don’t involve any cutting or crying!  

Quick Potato Bake method with text over lay

  • use a spoon and gently stir in the cream (shown in photo 9) 
  • pour 1/2 of the cheese into the potatoes (shown in photo 10) 
  • stir again to combine (shown in photos 11 and 12) 

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Use a little spray oil to ensure the potato bake doesn’t stick to your baking dish or skillet.  

Quick Potato Bake 13 to 16 with text over lay

  • transfer the potatoes to an oiled skillet (photo 13)
  • spread the potatoes flat (photo 14)
  • cover them with foil and bake for 15 – 30 mins (photos 15 and 16)

Scalloped Potato Bake 

Once the potatoes have cooked and softened a little, it is time to layer with cheese for the final cooking time. 

Quick Potato Bake process with text labels

  • sprinkle the remaining cheese on top (photos 17 and 18)
  • return to the oven and bake, allowing cheese to melt (photo 19)
  • finely chop parsley to use as garnish (photo 20)

Once you have used oven mits and removed your potato bake from the oven, let it cool slightly (it will set during this time) and then sprinkle your parsley over the top! 

Potato Bake with chopped parsley in a white round skillet

The cooked potato bake will keep in the fridge for a few days after cooking. You can reheat it and serve as easy leftovers with your dinner! 

Spoon holding cooked potato bake above a skillet of the same

What to serve with Potato Bake:

This dish can be served as a side for many recipes. Here are some easy options:

This is a very versatile recipe that works with so many dishes!!

Creamy Cheesy Potato Bake quick info:

About the recipe:

  • my skillet is 26cm (or 10 inches)
  • this is a vegetarian recipe
  • we use 1kg small to medium sized potatoes
  • the potatoes are white washed potatoes

FAQs about au gratin cheesy potatoes

  1. we spray the skillet or baking dish with cooking oil to prevent sticking
  2. preheat the oven as your prepare the potatoes 
  3. this is a versatile side dish with many serving options
  4. this is a super QUICK AND EASY recipe

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Making Creamy Cheesy Potato Bake in the oven Pro tips:

These additional tips are so that you can master these potatoes from the 1st time you make them:

  • use either a skillet or small baking dish so the potatoes are not spread too thinly
  • thoroughly mix the herbs, dried onion and cream into the potatoes so they are all covered
  • cover the skillet or baking tray for the 1st 30 mins of cooking to soften the potatoes
  • uncover the skillet or baking tray for the final 10 mins to let the cheese melt 
  • allow to cool for 5 min when removed from the oven, then top with freshly chopped parsley
  • reheat for easy left overs

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Can I make this recipe the day ahead?

Absolutely! You can make this recipe either the day before or a couple of hours before serving. 

You can also make it, leave it covered in the fridge, then cook it when ready. 

It will reheat very well and can keep for 2-3 days for leftovers. 

You will need to reheat the potato bake as it hardens in the refrigerator.

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Serve your potato bake for a family dinner, at Christmas, when you have friends coming or take it as your plate to a party! 

This recipe is a great alternative to roast potatoes or mashed potatoes as the texture and flavours are different! 

Similar to our Crispy Smashed Potatoes or Horseradish Mashed Potatoes this potato bake will compliment a lot of dishes, so serve it with your favourites! 

Potato Bake in a white skillet with serving utensils

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Quick Potato Bake

Quick Potato Bake is a must have in every home cook's repertoire!  This scalloped potato bake is creamy, cheesy and such an easy recipe to make!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: quick potato bake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 132kcal
Author: Adrianne


  • Skillet
  • Mandolin
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Wooden spoon


Quick Potato Bake

  • 1 kg small washed potatoes
  • 1 tbs dried onion Note 1
  • 1 tbs dried thyme
  • 300 ml cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated tasty cheese Note 2
  • parsley to garnish


Quick Potato Bake

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C / 350-375°F / Gas Mark 4-5
  • Spray a 26cm round or approx same size baking dish with cooking oil and set aside
  • Use a vegetable peeler to peel each of the potatoes
  • Use a mandolin to thinly slice the potatoes
  • Transfer the sliced potatoes to a mixing bowl. Add the dried onion, thyme, salt and pepper. use a spoon to stir to combine.
  • Pour 1/2 of the cheese into the potatoes and stir again to combine
  • Pour the cream into the seasoned potatoes and use the spoon to (gently) stir the cream through the potatoes till combined
  • Transfer the creamy potato mix into the baking dish and cover with foil
  • Place the skillet or baking dish onto the middle rack of the oven and bake (covered) for 30 mins.
  • Use oven mits to remove the skillet from the oven, discard the foil, then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  • Return the potatoes to the oven for another 10 mins, till the cheese is melted and a light golden brown
  • Garnish with chopped parsley



  • Note 1 Dried onion is one of my all time favourite ingredients to cook with. It makes things SO easy. There is no peeling of onion skin and no crying over it either! You will find it in the herbs and spices section of the supermarket. 
  • Note 2 You can use your favourite store bought grated cheese. I use a light tasty. But cheddar, tasty and mozzarella are also good varieties. 


Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 564IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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Potato side dishes

You say potato, I say potata-to right!! 

This recipe is to give you a quick potato side dish that works with EVERYTHING!! 

It is also as I know some of my trusty side kick readers have made all of the others (thanks my friends x). 

Would I leave you hanging….nope never, so get to it, I want you to try this creamy, cheesy potato deliciousness ASAP. 

Serve with your favourite meat, chicken, fish, or falafels and let me know how it goes! 

Give me a shout if you have any questions. 

Now go get your bake on and start slicing your potatoes, haha but its SO good!!! 

Adrianne xx


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Amanda Wren-Grimwood July 27, 2020 - 10:19 am

I love a potato bake and this one is so creamy and cheesy – perfect!

Adrianne July 27, 2020 - 7:03 pm

Thanks for your feedback Amanda! Cheers

Safira July 27, 2020 - 10:56 am

5 stars
This is right up my street. So creamy and delicious. Perfect side dish for the family tonight!

Adrianne July 27, 2020 - 7:07 pm

Cheers Safira!! I love reading your positive feedback, thanks, appreciate it! Enjoy the recipe.

kim July 27, 2020 - 11:27 am

5 stars
Such a great side dish option! This recipe was easy to follow and so tasty! I’ll definitely be making again.

Anonymous July 27, 2020 - 11:31 am

So delicious! This came out great – love how creamy the potatoes are. It’s the perfect side dish!

Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 27, 2020 - 11:50 am

So creamy and delicious, what a great comfort food kind of recipe. We all loved it!

David July 27, 2020 - 12:31 pm

Yum! Scalloped potatoes are often on the buffet table at family gatherings, and I always enjoy a couple of scoops. Now I have a great recipe for making them at home, thanks!


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