The Best Cheesy Potato Casserole

This recipe for the Best Cheesy Potato Casserole is as long standing family favorite potato recipe that makes an appearance at almost every large family gathering.

Cheesy Potato Casserole is a super easy potato side dish recipes that is perfect for Thanksgiving or any celebratory holiday.

Casserole Potatoes, Potato Casserole, Funeral Potatoes, Cheesy Potatoes, Potato Junk… no matter what you call it, these cheesy potatoes are downright delicious!

Cheesy Potatoes are the BEST because:

  • This recipe is super easy to make.
  • The cheesy and tender potatoes are perfectly paired with a crunchy topping for the ultimate combination of textures.
  • Everyone loves it.
  • It’s an old family recipe on my husband’s side that even my grandma tasted and asked for the recipe. So you know it’s that good.

The Best Casserole Potatoes

Over 10 years ago I married into a beautiful family full of homemakers and just overall crafty people. My mother-in-law is the quintessential of all mothers- She raised 8 children on a very modest budget, she made home cooked dinners each night for her large family and you better believe they were good.

Naturally, my husband expected these things out of his new wife… gulp.

First of all – no way in heck am I having 8 children. I settled on 4, still a stretch for me, but on some days I look like I know what I’m doing.

Secondly- My cooking skills at the time of our nuptials consisted of macaroni and cheese (the boxed kind), and pizza (the frozen kind).

This Cheesy Potatoes Recipe is downright delicious!

Luckily, my mother-in-law equipped me with a recipe box full of my husband’s favorite recipes. Cheesy Potato Casserole was on the top of his list.

I have made these casserole potatoes so many times over the past 10 years that I know it by heart. I have even made many variations of it, like these Zucchini and Potato Casserole and this Jalapeño Popper Potato Casserole. 

The Best Casserole Potatoes

But what I’m sharing with you today is the original.

Classic.

Authentic.

The BEST Cheesy Potato Casserole recipe you will ever make.

The Best Casserole Potatoes

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Not only can you use freshly shredded potatoes, but I love to use frozen hashbrowns as a quick alternative. You can also use cubed potatoes or sliced potatoes. The options are endless!

This simple casserole recipe is perfect for any meal, but we usually have them at family gatherings, holidays, birthdays, weddings, baptisms, funerals, Sundays, you get the idea.

The Best Casserole Potatoes

I know you’re going to love these potatoes as much as we do.

Who knows… maybe it’ll be a recipe that’s passed down in your family too!

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Cheesy Potato Casserole Recipe

This recipe for the Best Cheesy Potato Casserole is as long standing family favorite potato recipe that makes an appearance at almost every large family gathering.

  • Author: Shawn Syphus | I Wash You Dry
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 10oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 cups frozen shredded potatoes (I usually use a whole 26oz-28oz bag)
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
  • 3 cups lightly crushed corn flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Saute the green onions in 1/4 cup butter for about 3 minutes, until soft. Add the sour cream and soup and stir till combined and bubbly. Stir in the cheese until melted.
  3. Remove from heat and add the shredded potatoes, stir to coat completely.
  4. Pour into a lightly greased 9x13in casserole dish, set aside.
  5. Add the crushed corn flakes with the 1/2 cup melted butter and stir to coat. Spread on top of the potatoes in an even layer.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until center is hot and bubbly.

Notes

You can use freshly shredded potatoes in place of the frozen variety and reduce cooking time to 30 minutes.

If you want to freeze the casserole, do so before adding the corn flakes. Before baking add the topping and increase baking time till the center is hot and bubbly.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6 to 8
About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
26 Responses
    1. The french fried onions would be a great addition to this recipe. I would wait to add them until about 5 minutes left of baking though. No need to toss them with butter. But you should try the corn flakes on top… it’s a game changer!

  1. I was reading this recipe (Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole) and thought I would share this story. When we have a pot luck at work, Pati always bring this recipe but adds cooked breakfast sausage in one pan and crumbled cooked bacon in the other. We start the morning off with this casserole and finish the day with desserts,

    Ron

  2. Linda

    Several in my family don’t care for the crunch of onions in this casserole so a few years ago I started substituting french onion dip for the sour cream and not using the raw onions. You still get the flavor and everyone seems to like it better. This was not my original idea, I read it someplace else, but it works for my family.

    1. Candy Cadle

      Brilliant! I don’t care for the crunch of raw onions either. Thank you so much for the idea, now to sell my onion=loving family on the idea…

  3. CTY

    So are these the widely spoken about funeral potatoes? I am LDS, but did not grow up LDS and have heard (for 29 yrs) about funeral potatoes, but never had them. Apparently, funeral potatoes and those little cheesecake cherry tarts were relied upon so much that people no longer make them for church functions. I have had the cheesecake tarts (only once at a 50’s themed ward party); when I asked for the recipe the whole kitchen laughed. Never did get that recipe. maybe you can help.

    1. Haha!! Yes, these would be considered Funeral Potatoes. I think they’re just a common dish that’s taken to funerals, so they acquired the name over the years. As for the Cherry Cheesecakes… I actually attended a Stake Relief Society function when we were first married, and it was a BIG recipe exchange. Everyone made their favorite easy dish, brought the recipe and then the Presidency printed up cute little books of recipes. I still have mine, and you can see it in the picture above of my recipe box (it’s the group of yellow/orange cards)!! Anyways- the famous Cherry Cheesecakes are in there (a few times), so I should probably share that recipe too. They’re crazy simple, so that’s probably why those people giggled when you asked. I’ll share it on here soon!

  4. Marcee ... ILLINOIS

    Yikes. Terribly high in calories + sodium. I’ve never purchased frozen potatoes. Cannot even remember if I’ve tasted tater-tots. Usually, frozen items are loaded with salt, fat and all sorts of other junk. To taste (if someone else prepared!) would be okay. I’d never make this dish. On the other hand, give me a bowl of corn flakes! I’m happy.

      1. Best answer ever! Shawn, I have tried several of your recipes already and they all were a huge success with my family. I am making this one tonight and I am absolutely excited and sure it’s going to be just as good as the others 🙂
        Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!

    1. Cyndy

      This recipe is so easily adaptable Marcee is really missing out. I used fresh shredded potatoes and low fat sour cream and fat free soup. It was awesome. Thanks for sharing we love it!

  5. I wasn’t expecting to read this recipe and see some version of a million other recipes. Wrong! Wow this one is totally different. And easy. Breakfast for some reason possibly is my most favorite meal. Not sure why.
    But I like the fact this one is make ahead, so you can concentrate on the eggs or sit around and drink coffee! Right, like women and/or cooks do much of that. Smiles—-

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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