The Best Cheesy Potatoes Recipe [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Cheesy Potatoes are a classic dish that is popular for holiday dinners, or to bring to a potluck! Cheese fans will love this casserole in all its cheesy goodness!

This is best served alongside other holiday favorites like Glazed Smoked Ham, Oven-Roasted Turkey Breasts, and Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken.

Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Cheesy Potato Casserole

Cheesy Potatoes are always our family’s favorite side dish. With the recipe handed down to generations, it only proves how delicious and comforting this dish is! With just an hour to spare, you are well on your way to a nostalgic treat.

This potato dish is a nice alternative to chips and fries which are deep-fried and high in fat. It is very versatile which makes it a good side dish to meaty entrees. This tastes like the best potato dish where creaminess combined with cheesiness, makes for one amazing recipe!

It is hearty, well-seasoned, and easy to prepare. You can even make it in advance and serve it the next day with all flavors and texture intact!

Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

How to make cheesy potatoes with real potatoes?

A lot of recipes out there call for a canned cream soup and frozen hash browns for the ingredients. But, with our recipe, you will be making this casserole from scratch and with fresh ingredients.

  • First, prepare the Russet potatoes. Scrub off the dirt from the surface and if they are large ones, cut them in half.
  • Transfer them in a large pot and put in enough water to boil them in over high heat. Lower the heat and continue low boiling for about 12 to 15 minutes. Drain and set aside to let them cool to a manageable temperature.
  • Preheat the oven to 350˚F while preparing the rest of the ingredients. Also, butter the 13×9 inch baking dish that you will use.
  • The partially boiled spuds can now be peeled using a small paring knife.
  • Then, shred the spuds using a food processor. Once done, put the shredded ones in a large bowl.
  • Next, prepare the cream mixture in a separate bowl by combining and stirring sour cream, cream cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and melted butter until smooth.
  • Add cheddar cheese to the cream mixture as well as to the shredded spuds with some green onions.
  • Incorporate all ingredients into a large bowl and then, spread evenly in the baking dish.
  • Also, for the toppings, mix cornflakes with melted butter and sprinkle evenly. And, add more cheddar on top.
  • You can now put it in the oven to cook.

How long to bake cheesy potatoes?

Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes, with the dish all bubbly and brown at the sides.

How to make cheesy potatoes in a crockpot?

If you want to free up the oven to cook other dishes, you can use the crockpot.

Simply put in the crockpot all the ingredients as you would if you were to bake the dish except the toppings of course. Cook the dish for 4 to 5 hours on LOW, or 2 to 3 hours on HIGH. 

Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

How to make cheesy scalloped potatoes from scratch?

The main difference is the cut of the spuds. For these cheesy scalloped potatoes, the spuds are thinly sliced. You can get our recipe here.

How many calories in cheesy potatoes?

One cup of this casserole can give you about 520 calories, 295 of which comes from fat.

What to serve with cheesy potatoes?

This casserole makes for a complete meal by serving this with a light salad like our arugula strawberry salad and a meat main course. Spuds go well with ham, bacon, and beef. So, any dish that gives so much flavor can be balanced with this casserole.

Can you make it in advance?

Absolutely. You can refrigerate it or freeze it but without the toppings. It is best to put the toppings when you reheat it.

Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

How to store this dish?

Once it is properly cooled, secure the casserole with a cover and refrigerate for 3 to 5 days. Also, you can freeze it. Typically, frozen food can keep up to 3 months as long as properly stored.

How to reheat it?

Simply pop it in the oven again, preheated at 350˚F, for about 200 minutes, or until completely warm and bubbly. 

Recipe Tips

  • You can make a sublayer of ham for a nice surprise and make this casserole a full meal.
  • If you will have some leftover spuds, turn them into Hash Browns
  • Also, for a spicier kick, simply add some jalapenos.

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Cheesy Potatoes Recipe
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Total time: 1 hr 15 mins


  • 3 pounds  russet potatoes  (washed and scrubbed)
  • 8 tablespoons  butter  (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon  garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon  onion powder 
  • 1 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  pepper 
  • 1/4 cup  green onions  (chopped)
  • 1 cup  sour cream 
  • 8 ounces  cream cheese 
  • 8 ounces  cheddar cheese  (grated)


  • 2 cups  corn flakes  (crushed)
  • 4 tablespoons  butter  (melted)
  • 1 cup  cheddar cheese  (grated)


  1. Cut potatoes in half crosswise and place in a large pot. Add water to cover the potatoes and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and boil for about 12-15 minutes, until just tender, the potatoes don't NEED to be fully cooked. Drain and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Lightly grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Set aside.
  4. Peel the potatoes and shred or grate. Transfer to a large bowl.
  5. In a medium bowl combine sour cream, cream cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and melted butter, stir until smooth.
  6. Add cheese and stir to combine.
  7. Add cheese mixture to the shredded potatoes, add green onions. Stir well to combine.
  8. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish into an even layer.
  9. Topping:
  10. In a medium bowl combine crushed corn flakes and butter, and sprinkle on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese.
  11. Bake 45-50 minutes until bubbly with lightly browned edges. Serve warm.
Calories: 483 Carbohydrates: 42 Protein: 18 Fat: 27 Saturated Fat: 9 Cholesterol: 34 Sodium: 962 Potassium: 899 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 3 Vitamin A: 1245 Vitamin C: 12 Calcium: 289 Iron: 3.8
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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

I'm drooling this is everything I love! This is so picture-perfect!



I might have gained a few pounds just reading through, but totally worth it. I love this recipe. 


Jade Manning

These are mind-blowing! this is definitely going to be my go-to for a side to compliment my dinners from now on!



Cheesy potatoes are my favorite!!! This recipe is so delicious!



This was so easy to make and it came out perfectly! Definitely going to make it again.


Melanie Bauer

Omg, this look beyond delicious! Can't wait to dive into this, so tasty and cheesy!


Katerina @ diethood .com

Oh WOW!! My kids would absolutely LOVE these!!


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