Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Recipe


By: Madison Kesseler

To all of the non-turkey fans out there, I got you! To some people, Thanksgiving means being stuffed full of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and rolls. But for others, it’s harder to satisfy the stigma of the true Thanksgiving feeling. FEAR NO MORE! I’ve got a crusted rosemary scalloped potato recipe that will wow the family, and keep them from fighting over politics or who’s marrying who!


  • cooking spray
  • 1 ½ cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 ½ pounds red potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Coat an 8-inch baking dish cooking spray.

Step 2: Mix Parmesan cheese, rosemary, and garlic together in a bowl.

Step 3: Slice 3 or 4 potatoes using a mandolin on the thinnest setting. Slice remaining potatoes using a slightly thicker setting on the mandolin.

Step 4: Line the bottom of the prepared baking dish with thin potato slices, overlapping them to create a layer that is 2 to 3 slices deep. Stand remaining thin slices along the sides of the baking dish so that half an inch sticks over the rim, overlapping them to create a layer that is 4 slices deep.

Step 5: Spread 1/3 of the thicker potato slices in the baking dish. Sprinkle 1/3 of the Parmesan cheese mixture on top. Repeat once more. Arrange remaining potato slices in the baking dish. Reserve 1/3 of the Parmesan cheese mixture.

Step 6: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; whisk in flour. Pour in milk; cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in salt.

Step 7: Shift potato slices in a few places with a knife to create wells for the sauce to flow through. Pour sauce evenly over potato slices in the baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 of the Parmesan cheese mixture on top. Brush potato edges sticking out of the baking dish with olive oil.

Step 8: Bake in the preheated oven until potatoes are soft and edges are crusted for 60 to 75 minutes.