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How To Reheat Scalloped Potatoes: 5 Different Ways

You’ve just had a feast and have tons of leftovers so now it’s time to learn how to reheat scalloped potatoes so they are just as moist and delicious as the night before!

Scalloped potatoes are sliced potatoes baked in an herb-infused cream sauce.

Some scalloped potato recipes have cheese either on top or inside the dish. 

The traditional scalloped potatoes don’t have any cheese, but the slices of potatoes are cooked in a creamy sauce made out of fresh herbs, milk and heavy cream. 

This recipe commonly used Yukon or Russet type of potato. 

This dish is typically served during Thanksgiving, as an Easter side dish, Christmas or even just for ordinary family dinners. 

Given those holidays you and your family surely enjoyed and ate until you couldn’t anymore, leaving you with stacks of leftovers. 

Any dish is best eaten fresh, however there are times that you can’t finish all of it, and reheating them is the best choice you could have. 

You might ask if you can reheat scalloped potatoes? How long could it last or how to store it properly?

Worry no more! Good thing we’re here to help you out in answering those questions with an easy step-by-step guide.

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How to reheat scalloped potatoes

You can try and choose from these 5 methods to reheat your scalloped potatoes. 

Make sure you observe your dish closely while heating it—different methods may produce different results.

How to reheat scalloped potatoes in a microwave

Using a microwave is convenient if you want to reheat your dish quickly and evenly. 

You may follow these steps in reheating scalloped potatoes.

  1. Transfer a single or two serving of scalloped potatoes into a microwavable container.
  2. You can drizzle it with 2 T of milk or water to add some moisture. Cover with a lid.
  3. Microwave your scalloped potatoes on high (or if you have a reheat setting, even better) for one minute. Remove and use a rubber spatula to gently flip some of the potatoes. Stirring too hard will cause the delicate potato slices to mash. 
  4. Heat for 25-second increments until thoroughly heated.
  5. You want to keep this creamy, so add a bit more water or milk as you go, but not too much at the start.

Pro tip: You can cover your scalloped potatoes with a damp paper towel, microwave-safe plastic wrap, or even another plate, but we found the best value and less waste is a lid like this one. 

If the cream base breaks, the dish will look unappetizing, so better not to overheat your scalloped potatoes.

How to reheat scalloped potatoes in an air fryer

If you want to try another fast and easy way to reheat your scalloped potatoes, an air fryer can be your choice. 

Using an air fryer may add a bit of crunch and crips to your dish.

You may follow these simple steps on how to reheat scalloped potatoes using an air fryer.

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 300°F
  2. Put a single slice of your dish in an aluminum foil and place it in your air fryer basket. (We discovered air fryer liners and LOVE them.)
  3. Heat your scalloped potatoes for at least 5 minutes or until warmed evenly.
  4. Gently flip the delicate slices of potato with a rubber spatula so the fragile potato slices don’t mash.
  5. Remove from the air fryer and let it rest for another 5 minutes.

It’s always better to reheat small slices of your scalloped potatoes to achieve evenly heating. It prevents the outside of your dish from getting too hot before the middle heats up.

You can now enjoy your scalloped potatoes in no time!

How to reheat scalloped potatoes in a toaster oven

Just a tip on using this method, if you are worried about drips or spills, bake the dish on a toaster oven cooking sheet to catch any drips.

  1. Preheat your toaster oven to 350°F.
  2. Place your scalloped potatoes on a cooking sheet and place it on the middle rack.
  3. Sprinkle 2 T of milk or water over the top.
  4. Close your toaster and bake your dish for 7 to 9 minutes.
  5. Take out your scalloped potatoes and let rest for 2 more minutes..

Now you can serve your freshly heated scalloped potatoes as a perfect side dish.

How to reheat scalloped potatoes using an oven method

Using an oven in heating up scalloped potatoes is considered to produce a great result. 

It gives a soft and moist texture to your dish because of its evenly spread heat.

If you want to reheat your scalloped potatoes in an oven you can follow these steps.

  1. Set your oven to 350°F.
  2. Drizzle your scalloped potatoes with 4 T of milk or water.
  3. Wrap the scalloped potatoes with aluminum foil or a microwavable lid before placing them in the middle rack of your oven.
  4. Place your scalloped potatoes in the oven and heat for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the aluminum foil from your dish at the last 3 minutes to bring some brown color to your dish. Grate on some extra cheese if you want.
  6. Remove your dish from the oven and let it cool before serving.

Take note that the timings are approximate and may change depending on the size of your dish and what type of oven you have.

How to reheat scalloped potatoes using a skillet

Heating small slices of scalloped potatoes using a skillet is a good option, but it could leave a little mess in your pan. 

It’s better to use a non-stick skillet if you have it. 

We have these easy steps you can follow to reheat your scalloped potatoes in a skillet

  1. Cut only the number of servings you need.
  2. Heat the skillet on medium-low.
  3. Add a T of cooking oil or butter to your pan to lessen the chance of potatoes sticking to your skillet.
  4. Spoon up to 4 T of milk or water over top of the serving(s) to add moisture while it reheats.
  5. Cover your skillet and heat for five minutes. Turn the fragile slices of potato gently; to stir rapidly will mash them.

It’s good not to rush the process of reheating your scalloped potatoes while using a skillet, because it may cause your dish to burn and stick.

Can you prep scalloped potatoes in advance?

Yes, you can prep scalloped potatoes just one day in advance. The problem with potatoes that have been peeled and sliced is that they oxidize, or turn brown. 

While it doesn’t affect the flavor, they don’t look very appetizing, even after they are cooked. 

Here are a couple of ways to help discourage potatoes from turning brown:

  • Peel whole potatoes then submerge them completely in a bowl of water and keep them cold in the refrigerator. This only lasts for one day. Pat them dry thoroughly before using in the scalloped potatoes recipe.
  • Peel and slice the potatoes then douse them with vinegar or lemon juice and stir to coat them completely. (Similar to the way you might for apples.) Rinse them off in a colander and pat them dry thoroughly the next day when prepping your scalloped potatoes to go into the oven.

How long do leftover scalloped potatoes last?

There are two answers to that. 

Normally, scalloped potato dishes can last up to three days covered tightly and chilled in a refrigerator. 

It also may vary if you’re going to freeze them. 

In the freezer, scalloped potatoes can last up to three months when wrapped well. Any longer than that and they risk freezer burn. 

Scalloped potatoes with cream are excellent for preparing in advance, either for the refrigerator or freezer. 

Once the potatoes are out of the oven, serve, then allow leftovers to cool thoroughly at room temperature. 

You can wrap your scalloped potatoes with a layer of aluminum foil or plastic wrap and you can refrigerate them for up to 3 days or freeze them for up to 3 months.

The best way to store scalloped potatoes

You have cooked the luscious scalloped potatoes. 

Unfortunately, you can’t finish your meal at once and decide to store it. 

You probably wonder how and what is the best way to store scalloped potatoes.

You can maximize the shelf life of your scalloped potatoes by storing it properly. 

You may follow these instructions to properly store your scalloped potatoes.

  1. Let your hot dish cool to room temperature.
  2. Place your scalloped potatoes leftovers in resealable, reusable plastic bags or in a shallow airtight container. We recommend glass containers.
  3. Put your dish in the refrigerator and make sure it’s properly covered.
  4. Since scalloped potatoes have a lot of cream and butter, we recommend not eating past three days in the refrigerator. 
  5. Note: Don’t leave scalloped potatoes out on the counter longer than an hour; and they are only good reheated once.

Quick tip: Laying a paper towel to the container will help absorb any excess moisture in the container that you’re going to use. 

Remember, properly cooked and stored scalloped potatoes can last for 3 days in the refrigerator.

Need some ideas to give your scalloped potatoes renewed flavor?

Try these irresistible recipes that we’ve scoured for you and bring the best out of your scalloped potato dish.

Turn leftover scalloped potatoes from your Thanksgiving party into a brunch favorite in this straightforward frittata recipe. 

Combining cooked ham, eggs, and shredded sharp cheddar offers a beautiful explosion in your mouth; then finish the dish by sprinkling with chives on top!

You’ll thank yourself by keeping those leftover scalloped potatoes once you try this mouth-watering crusted quiche. 

The recipe combines basic ingredients such as large eggs, milk, green pepper, tomatoes, and onion. 

But of course—you can add any other veggies you have on hand or extra cheese!

This traditional Southern dish is laden with delicious flavor coming from scalloped potatoes and ham cooked in a creamy garlic sauce plus tons of sharp cheddar cheese. 

Spell Y-U-M! 

Perfect for Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas dinner, feel free to serve the dish along with green salad or collard greens!

Who would have thought that you can create an ultra-luscious soup using leftover scalloped potatoes? 

Versatile and quick, the comforting soup requires chicken broth, garlic powder, cheddar cheese, parmesan, and cooked ham which is only optional. 

Let your crusty buttered bread soak in the soup!

The bottom line

Creating such an amazing dish like scalloped potatoes is always so wonderful, especially when you are serving it to your family and friends.

Whether it’s just for a simple dinner or any holiday occasions, you always look forward in making this dish and possibly create leftovers.

It’s such a relief to know that it can possibly be reheated and there’s several ways of  rewarming scalloped potatoes.

Always consider that potatoes are a tricky and soft dish, so whatever reheating method you choose to use, remember to just be delicate and slow while doing it. 

It could ruin the look or much worse the taste of your scalloped potatoes.

Using these simple steps from reheating to storage will totally give your leftovers a look and taste that is just as flavorful as when you made them for the first time.

Which method in reheating your scalloped potatoes you want to try first? 

Undecided what to serve with your scalloped potatoes? 

Serve them with mustard pork chops or any of these fantastic recipes!

How To Reheat Scalloped Potatoes In A Microwave

How To Reheat Scalloped Potatoes In A Microwave

Reheat your leftover scalloped potatoes back to their delicious glory by warming using this quick microwave method.

Ingredients

  • Leftover scalloped potatoes
  • Microwave-safe container
  • Plastic wrap, aluminum foil or microwave lid
  • Microwave

Instructions

  1. Transfer a single or two serving of scalloped potatoes into a microwavable container.
  2. You can drizzle it with 2 T of milk or water to add some moisture. Cover with a lid.
  3. Microwave your scalloped potatoes on high (or if you have a reheat setting, even better) for one minute. Remove and use a rubber spatula to gently flip some of the potatoes. Stirring too hard will cause the delicate potato slices to mash. 
  4. Heat for 25-second increments until thoroughly heated.
  5. You want to keep this creamy, so add a bit more water or milk as you go, but not too much at the start.

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