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Cheesy Potatoes

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posted: 12/17/22

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These Cheesy Potatoes are a simple and easy side dish that everyone will love. When you need the ultimate comfort food, make this cheesy potato recipe.

overhead view of a clear baking dish filled with cheesy potatoes with corn flakes with a spoon going into it

I have an amazing classic for you today. This recipe comes courtesy of my awesome neighbor, Tiffanie. She’s the neighbor you call in a pinch or when you need to sit and kick back with an amazing cocktail. You might know her from such recipes as the Three Ingredient Pink Party Punch and the Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe. Right? See you are already fans of hers.

Now we have this incredible Cheesy Potato Recipe. They are the ultimate comfort food, which is probably why they are known as funeral potatoes to so many. These aren’t just a great recipe to feed a crowd, they are food for the soul.

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How to Make Cheesy Potatoes

This recipe is a classic because it couldn’t be more simple. This is just a brief overview of the recipe, please find the full recipe at the bottom of the post with all the measurements and the baking time.

  1. Make the sauce. Mix together sour cream (or yogurt), condensed cream of chicken soup (see my note about making it from scratch), and shredded cheese.
  2. Add it to the potatoes. Pour the sauce over frozen hash brown potatoes in a prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, then add the topping. After the initial bake time top it with corn flakes and melted butter.
  4. Bake for 30 more minutes. Now serve it hot and enjoy!
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Homemade Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

As mentioned above, this recipe can be made completely from scratch by using my homemade condensed cream of chicken soup. It is a delicious and easy recipe that brings great flavor to this recipe.

This homemade condensed soup can be made the day before. As written, this recipe is so fast and easy, but making this homemade piece the day before keeps it just as simple. When you double my homemade version it makes the exact amount you need for this recipe.

Homemade Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

Make this Homemade Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup to replace that can from the grocery store. If you want a completely from scratch dinner, this recipe will replace that can with the exact same amount.
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Shredded Cheese for Cheesy Potatoes

If you have been following me for a bit, you know that one of my greatest cooking tips is to shred your own cheese. It will add an extra five minutes to your prep time, but it is absolutely worth it. Pre-shredded cheese is covered in preservatives that keep it from melting well.

Because these are cheesy potatoes, using block cheese that you shred in your kitchen is key. It ensures that this amazing side dish is the ultimate in cheesiness.

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Making Ahead

To make this easy casserole ahead of time, make the sauce (step 2 of this recipe), and store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When you are ready to bake the recipe, proceed with the recipe from step three.

Cheesy Potato Recipe Serving Size

This cheesy potato casserole makes 8 cups.

  • If this is part of a family dinner with one main dish, I would recommend 1 cup per person, or 8 servings.
  • If this is part of a potluck, or an event with many dishes and sides, I would consider less than 1/2 cup per person, or 16 servings.

Storing Leftovers

Leftovers should be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to four days. As with all recipes, use your best discretion when it comes to leftovers. Please keep in mind that the corn flakes won’t be as good on leftovers.

When you are ready to eat your leftovers, take out just the amount that you want to eat. Place the leftovers in an oven proof container, and cover. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes.

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What can you substitute for sour cream in cheesy potatoes?

Plain yogurt works as a great replacement. Replace it one for one in this recipe, so you will need 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt.

Can I use low fat sour cream?

Yes! But I do not recommend using no fat sour cream.

Are cheesy potatoes gluten free?

No. There is flour in the cream of chicken soup. You could make that with almond flour, but it won’t be quite as creamy.

How can I make cheesy potatoes ahead?

The key is to make the sauce ahead, and then put the casserole together when you are ready to bake it. Please see more detailed instructions above.

What goes with Cheesy Potatoes

This recipe makes a great side dish with some of our easy main dishes. They would be perfect next to the following recipes.

  • Prime Rib: This recipe makes the ultimate holiday meal. It is easy to make, and would be fantastic with these on the side.
  • Pork Loin Roast: You will not find a more moist pork recipe. With only about 10 minutes hands on time, you couldn’t ask for an easier, more affordable meal for entertaining.
  • Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks: If these potatoes are going to be a side dish for a week night dinner, make them with this great chicken recipe! Both are so easy and so delicious. Their flavors will work so well together.
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Other Great Comfort Food Recipes

If you are also having a bad day and you just need more and more comfort food in your life, let me suggest these:

If you make this cheesy potato recipe or any of the other recipes I have listed, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

overhead view of a clear baking dish filled with cheesy potatoes with corn flakes with a spoon going into it
5 from 4 votes

Cheesy Potato Recipe

Serves: 16 servings
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
These Cheesy Potatoes are a simple and easy side dish that everyone will love. When you need the ultimate comfort food, make this cheesy potato recipe.


  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 20 ounces condensed cream of chicken soup (two cans, or double my homemade recipe)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 32 ounces frozen diced hash brown potatoes (still frozen)

Topping (added halfway through baking)

  • 2 cups corn flakes cereal
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter melted


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl mix together the sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and shredded cheddar cheese. Set aside.
    1 1/2 cups sour cream, 20 ounces condensed cream of chicken soup, 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Pour the potatoes into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with the sour cream mixture.
    32 ounces frozen diced hash brown potatoes
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes, uncovered. Pull the casserole out of the oven and top with corn flakes. Pour the melted butter over the top. Bake for another 30 minutes uncovered.
    2 cups corn flakes cereal, 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Serve warm and enjoy.
Serving: 0.5cup Calories: 242kcal (12%) Carbohydrates: 18g (6%) Protein: 6g (12%) Fat: 17g (26%) Saturated Fat: 11g (69%) Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 33mg (11%) Sodium: 426mg (19%) Potassium: 182mg (5%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 3g (3%) Vitamin A: 12IU Vitamin C: 4mg (5%) Calcium: 11mg (1%) Iron: 6mg (33%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. Roxeann says

    I make a version of this once a month. My family loves them. I use O’BRIEN FROZEN diced POTATOES. They have onion and diced peppers already in them. I also by a ham slice and dice it up and add it in to make it a one pan meal.
    We also have use this on Holiday mornings with eggs for brunch. Preparing the night before ready to put in oven in morning.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Sounds delicious Roxeann!

  2. Sandy Featherston says

    What can I replace cornflakes with? Just not a fan of this them

    • Lisa Longley says

      Potato Chips would work well!

  3. Barbara says

    This potato casserole is very bland. You don’t use any seasonings? I think it needs salt,pepper and maybe garlic powder and maybe some paprika.

    • Lisa Longley says

      We don’t experience this to be bland. I think the homemade condensed cream of chicken soup and the cheddar cheese both bring a lot of flavor to the party.

  4. Deb Carmicheal says

    5 stars
    Lisa, this is 1 of my very favorite type of potato casseroles. Some people call this Funeral Potatoes. Thank You for the recipe.

    • Lisa Longley says

      You’re welcome!

  5. Pamela Varner says

    5 stars
    This sounds delicious! Gonna try this tomorrow for dinner!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love it!

  6. Stephannie says

    I want to make this but is there something else I can use besides cornflakes? I do not care for them. Will the recipe work by making it in a smaller amount? It’s only me.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes! You can use crushed potato chips or crackers.

  7. Jordan cooper says

    I know this is strange. I’m actually interested in the spoon in the picture. Do you happen to have the name of it or the name or numbers off it if there is any?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so sorry, Jordan. I picked it up at a thrift shop years ago. I just checked and it doesn’t have any numbers or markings on it.

  8. Kathy says

    5 stars
    Lisa, you are my go-to person for recipes. I love the Simple Joy site by Lisa Langley. This is one of our favorite dishes along with many other recipes, tips and shake, drink, repeat ideas. Your light- hearted family banter makes the clearly stated recipes fun to read as well. Thanks for making meal time fun. Kathy

    • Lisa Longley says

      Day made! Thank you, Kathy!

  9. connie minium says

    can this be made in the crockpot

    • Lisa Longley says

      I have never made it in the crockpot, so I would need to test that.

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