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Cheesy Potato Casserole

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Hearty and delicious, this cheesy potato casserole is loaded with flavor.
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  1. CHEESY POTATO CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CHEESY POTATO CASSEROLE RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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This delicious cheesy potato casserole is a comfort food staple and a delicious side dish, just like mom used to make. Shredded hash browns, creamy soup, and spices are mixed together before being finished off with a crunchy topping and baked to golden brown perfection.

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CHEESY POTATO CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS

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You’ll need:

  • 2 pounds frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups corn flakes, crushed 
  • ¼ cup butter, melted

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

HASH BROWNS: I use frozen shredded hash browns, but you could also use diced or cubed potatoes or even tater tots for a fun twist.

SOUP: Swap out the cream of chicken soup with cream of mushroom soup in this simple side dish — or mix in a ranch packet. 

CHEESE: Add a ½ cup of cream cheese for added creaminess. Swiss cheese would also work well in this simple, creamy dish. For even more flavor, you could also sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese. 

CORN FLAKES: Instead of the cornflake topping, top this casserole with Ritz cracker crumbs, panko bread crumbs, crushed croutons, or crumbled potato chips.

GARNISH: Top with crispy fried onions, bacon bits, fresh parsley, scallions, or green onions.

ADD-INS: You can make these cheesy potatoes with meat for a big, hearty meal: ham, hamburger, bacon, or sausage. Make it Tex-Mex style and add Rotel to the mix for an added kick. You could add broccoli or peppers as well.

HOW TO MAKE THIS CHEESY POTATO CASSEROLE RECIPE

PRO TIP:

Double this recipe when you are serving a larger crowd on special occasions or at family gatherings.

STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick spray and set it aside.

STEP TWO: In a medium bowl combine the canned soup, ½ cup melted butter, garlic, salt and pepper, chopped onions, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. 

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STEP THREE: Place the hash browns in a large bowl. Pour the soup mixture over the hash browns and stir the potato mixture until well combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.

Cheesy Potato Casserole process shot of hash brown mixture in a baking dish

STEP FOUR: Combine the crushed corn flakes and remaining melted butter and sprinkle cornflakes evenly over the top of the casserole.

Cheesy Potato Casserole process shot of crushed cornflakes and melted butter sprinkled on top of casserole

STEP FIVE: Bake casserole for 45 to 55 minutes.

PRO TIP:

You can put this together the night before, cover it well, and put it in the fridge. Before baking, uncover and let sit on the counter for 30 minutes before baking. 

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HOW TO SERVE

Potato casserole is the perfect side dish along with meatloaf and beer marinated grilled chicken.

Serve it alongside other classic side dishes including vegetable casserole and fried rice or garlic bread and a side salad.

Since cheesy potato recipes are a winner every time, your whole family will also enjoy these scalloped potatoes and cheesy bacon ranch potatoes.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover potato casserole in the fridge for up to three days.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze this cheesy potato casserole for up to three months. For the whole dish, I would recommend using a throw-away aluminum pan so that your good baking dishes aren’t tied up in the freezer. For leftovers, store this cheesy potato bake in a freezer-safe container for easy heat and serve leftovers anytime. 

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We love this savory and satisfying old-fashioned loaded cheesy potato casserole recipe. You might have heard it called funeral potatoes as well. It’s the best side dish — rich and creamy homemade comfort food oven-baked from scratch. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze this casserole?

This easy potato casserole can be made ahead of time and the entire dish can be frozen to serve later and leftovers can also be frozen for three months.

Can I add other ingredients to this dish?

This dish is very flexible. Add veggies, meat or other spices into the potato mixture to customize it to your preference.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

This is a great make-ahead dish. Assemble it the night before and store it in the fridge until it’s time to bake it. Bring it to room temperature on the counter and pop it in the oven.

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Cheesy Potato Casserole

5 from 2 votes
Hearty and delicious, this cheesy potato casserole is loaded with flavor.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds frozen hash browns partially thawed
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup onions chopped
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 cups corn flakes crushed
  • ¼ cup butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray.
  • Place the hash browns in a large bowl.
  • In a medium bowl combine the soup, ½ cup melted butter, garlic, salt and pepper, chopped onions, sour cream, cheddar cheese.
  • Pour the soup mixture over the hash browns and stir until well combined.
  • Pour into prepared pan.
  • Combine the crushed corn flakes and melted butter and sprinkle evenly over the top of the casserole.
  • Bake for 45 to 55 minutes.

Notes

TIP: Double this recipe when you are serving a larger crowd on special occasions or at family gatherings.
TIP: You can put this together the night before, cover it well, and put it in the fridge. Before baking, uncover and let sit on the counter for 30 minutes before baking. 

Nutrition

Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1323mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1298IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 286mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. yvonne nicholls says

    Such good and delicious recipes, thank you could I ask for one of curried chicken and rice recipes hope you can help

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