Easy Cheesy Potatoes Recipe 2021

Easy Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Easy Cheesy Potatoes Recipe 2021

Easy Cheesy Potatoes are sure to become a favorite side dish in your house. Tender potatoes in a short-cut cheese sauce are baked until golden and bubbly!

These potatoes are loaded with creamy goodness like sour cream and cheddar cheese and make a perfect side dish!

Cheesy potatoes go by many names. Whether you call them funeral potatoes or party potatoes, one thing is clear: everyone goes back for seconds when this dish shows up at the party. You can make cheesy potatoes a number of ways by changing how you make them or what you use to make them.

They can be made as a casserole in the oven like this recipe or they can be prepared and cooked in your slow cooker. You can also use frozen hash browns like this recipe or you can use frozen diced breakfast potatoes.

If you’re looking for a way to make the recipe your own, try mixing in diced cooked ham or canned green chiles. This classic holiday recipe is a superstar side dish, but it can easily stand in as a main dish, too!

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Why Do You Boil the Potatoes First?

The par-boiling of the potatoes ensures that the potatoes will be creamy and soft and cooked all the way through in under 30 minutes of baking time.

Unevenly cooked potatoes are the most common complaint about casseroles that start with raw sliced potatoes. You won’t have that problem with my Grandma’s Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes!

What Type Of Potato Is Best for Cheesy Potatoes?

Russet potatoes or Yukon Golds will work best for this recipe. Both will hold their shape well during cooking and will be easy to slice. I recommend peeling, especially if you’re using russets because the skin is tough, but if you’re using Yukons, leaving the peel on would be fine.

Freezing the cooked casserole: 

Cool the potatoes completely and place in an airtight container. You could also freeze them in the pan, then pop them out and wrap them in foil. This applies to a full pan or leftovers.

To reheat, thaw in a pan in the fridge overnight. Place into the baking dish and cover with foil to keep them from drying out. Bake as the recipe directs.

Freeze without baking: 

Prep the entire recipe right up to the baking, but instead cover tightly with plastic wrap and foil and place the whole potato casserole into the freezer for up to 3 months. To bake, thaw in the fridge for 24 hours, then bake as directed.

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Make-Ahead Instructions: 

If you’d like to prep this Scalloped Potatoes recipe a day ahead of time you can certainly do that. Layer the casserole as directed, cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil, and refrigerate overnight. Bake as directed.

These potatoes will last several days in an airtight container in the fridge. You can reheat a large portion in the oven at the same temperature until hot, or in the microwave for individual portions.

Keep in mind that any time you are baking a casserole straight out of the fridge, it may be necessary to add baking time. To avoid this, let the casserole sit out at room temperature for 20 minutes before baking.

Can cheesy potatoes be made in advance?

Yes! This recipe can be made in advance. Simply prepare the recipe but don’t put on the topping. Cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Remove from the fridge and let come to room temperature (or close).

Add the topping and then bake as directed. You will need to add some extra baking time since it will be going into the oven cold. (See freezing instructions above.)

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BEST CHEESY POTATOES RECIPE:

YEILDS:PREP TIME:TOTAL TIME:
8 Servings0 Hours 15 mins1 Hour 0 mins

INGREDIENTS

3 pounds diced potatoes or 30 ounces country style hash browns
¼ cup butter melted
1 cup sour cream
1 cup cream of chicken soup or cream of cheddar
¼ cup green onion chopped
2 cup cheddar cheese divided

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. If using fresh potatoes, place in a saucepan with cold water. Simmer 12-14 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Melt butter, add sour cream, soup, onion and 1 ½ cups cheese. 
  4. Toss in the potatoes (or frozen hash brown potatoes) and combine. Spread into a prepared baking dish.
  5. Top with remaining cheese and bake for 28-30 minutes or until browned and bubbly.

How long reheat cheesy potatoes?

Reheating on the stove or in the oven is the best way to get your leftovers warm without making them soggy. Cover your potatoes with a layer of foil or an oven-safe lid.

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Preheat your oven to 350 F, and place the dish on the middle rack. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are warmed all the way through.

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