Picnic Scalloped Potatoes

3.91 avg. rating (78% score) - 11 votes

Picnic Scalloped Potatoes

This recipe for picnic scalloped potatoes is a great take-along side dish for your next outdoor gathering. Simply cover tightly in foil and pack it in your basket until it’s time to eat.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings


  • 9 medium-size potatoes, slice fairly thin
  • 14 slices ham (1 inch square, 1/8 inch thick) or equivalent (preferably leftover bone-in baked ham)
  • 14 slices cheddar or Swiss cheese (1 inch square 1/8 inch thick)
  • 10 slices onion (1/8-inch-thick)
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste


1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Peel potatoes and divide in 3 portions.

2. Liberally grease the bottom and sides of a 9x13x2-inch casserole.

3. Place one-third of sliced potatoes in bottom of casserole and dot with half the butter. Spread 7 slices of ham, 5 slices of cheese, and half the onions on top of potatoes. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons flour and salt and pepper to taste.

4. Repeat layering with second portion of potatoes.

5. For last layer, add third portion of potatoes and remaining cheese slices over top. Salt to taste.

6. Pour milk over layers (it should show when casserole is tipped slightly to one side).

7. Bake until potatoes are tender, about 1-1/2 hours. Precise timing is not important (another 20 minutes won't hurt). Bake uncovered or cover loosely with foil for the first 40 minutes.

8. Tie up tightly and place in a basket.

Additional Notes:

Note: To keep the potatoes warm, the Yankee Kitchen highly recommends the newspaper trick. Cover the casserole with foil, wrap it up, and put it in something that will provide another layer of insulation.

  • Anonymous

    This seems to be a good recipe for Au Gratin potatoes, but as the other reviewer said, it is not scalloped potatoes. Scalloped potatoes do not have cheese in them.

  • Anonymous

    I have made this same recipe several times. It is good, but requires alot of TLC so as not to dry out. For a fun variation add bacon bits, chives,or ham chunks.

  • Parr,

    A great sounding recipe for any occasion and I love the addition of the ham. Sounds great to me!

  • Anonymous

    I just loved the recipe. I love scalloped potatoes anyway but don’t make them very often because my husband doesn’t like them. I craved them when I was pregnant with my first daughter and made them once to often, so my husband got sick of them and won’t eat them any more. I will make this recipe more often and enjoy it every single time I eat it from now on. Life is too short to not have the things we enjoy the most. Thanks again for the recipe.

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  • Anonymous

    This is fit for a queen. You don’t have to go on a picnic to enjoy this one.


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