This cheesy potato casserole is the ultimate comfort food! Also known as funeral potatoes, it’s an easy side dish goes well with everything!
A Classic Side Dish
In my family, if there’s one side dish that HAS to make an appearance at every family gathering and holiday, it’s this cheesy potato casserole! I grew up eating it often, and it’s one of my favorite things to eat.
A lot of people refer to this recipe as funeral potatoes. I’m guessing it’s because the recipe is so easy you can make it even if you’re planning a funeral?:) Honestly, I have no idea why they’re called that but I do they’re they’re fantastic!
No matter what they’re called, if you’ve never had it before, you are totally missing out. This deliciously creamy and cheesy comfort food tastes amazing!
How to Make Cheesy Potato Casserole
My mom always made this cheesy potato casserole with condensed soup, but a few years ago I started making this totally homemade version, and I like it even better! It doesn’t take much more time to make, and I think the texture and taste of the finished dish is even better than the original.
Prep – Before you get started, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and give your baking pan a shot of cooking spray.
Sauce – You’ll start by making a simple cheese sauce on the stovetop. You probably have all of the ingredients you need to make it in your fridge and pantry right now!
Potatoes – Once the sauce is made, it’s time to mix in your hash brown potatoes. I prefer the shredded frozen hash browns, but the cubed style hash brown potatoes work well too.
Get Ready To Bake – Next, pour the mixture into a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan and make the buttered crumbs to go on top. I’ve seen people use everything from corn flakes to bread crumbs on top, but I prefer to use crushed club crackers or Ritz crackers.
Topping – Mix the cracker crumbs with a little melted butter, and sprinkle the mixture evenly over the top of the potatoes.
Cook – Finally, bake the casserole until the potatoes are cooked through and the topping is golden brown. The end result is a big pan full of cheesy goodness!
Serve – This cheesy potato casserole is totally delicious as a side dish for ham, chicken, or turkey, but really it goes well with everything. The combination of potatoes, creamy and cheesy sauce, and sour cream is totally unbeatable!
How Much Does It Make – This recipe makes enough for about twelve servings, but if you are cooking for a smaller crowd, you could easily make half the recipe. I always make the full pan because the leftovers taste great!
This cheesy potato casserole is always a favorite in my family, and is sure to be one for your family too!
More Easy Side Dishes
- Honey Glazed Carrots
- Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
- The Best Homemade Coleslaw
- Oven Roasted Vegetables
- Easy Candied Yams Recipe
Cheesy Potato Casserole Recipe
for the casserole:
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded Monterrey jack cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 26 ounce bag frozen shredded hash browns
for the topping:
- 1 1/2 cups cracker crumbs or panko bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook until softened. Stir in the flour to form a paste, and cook 2-3 minutes, until golden. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth, followed by the milk, a little at a time. Add the salt and pepper, and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce has thickened.
- Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the cheeses and sour cream until smooth. Mix the hash browns into the sauce, then pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
- To make the topping, mix together the crackers or bread crumbs and butter, then sprinkle the mixture over the top of the potatoes. Cook 40-45 minutes, until golden brown on top and bubbling around the edges.