True to its name, let’s make this EASY CHEESY POTATO CASSEROLE RECIPE!
I expect many of you may have already grasped that I love everything about food – no spoiler alerts here. When it’s being prepared, I want to help; if it’s being served, I want a taste; if it’s being discussed, I want to be part of that conversation. This was the case when my cousin Linda first sold me on her EASY CHEESY POTATO CASSEROLE RECIPE, affectionately referred to as “Those Potatoes”!
Now, don’t let the ambiguous “Those Potatoes” name fool you; this delicious, creamy, cheesy potato side dish goes by many different names. It is referred to as hash brown potato casserole, cheesy baked potatoes and make-ahead potato casserole. But the moniker that really kills me is funeral potatoes! Yup, this might very well be the best make-ahead side dish ever. Know what I’m saying? “Sorry for your loss, eat those potatoes!” LOL.
I’m thinking a politically correct foodie figured the easiest way to keep the dish family-friendly and palatable was to give them a name you’ll never forget. So let’s bury the name “funeral potatoes” and go forth with the EASY CHEESY POTATO CASSEROLE RECIPE. We know you’re dying to try it!
Having now made the recipe quite a few times, I gotta tell you, they’re easy to make, extremely flavourful and go with everything. We suggest you PIN the recipe to a favourite board, BOOKMARK the page for future reference and SHARE the recipe with friends. Yup, they really are that good.
Here’s how to make this EASY CHEESY POTATO CASSEROLE RECIPE:
The nice thing about this recipe is the simplicity of it all. You’ll need a few on-hand items from your pantry plus sour cream, some cheese, spices, an onion and some garlic. There’s not a lot of prep for the recipe. In fact, it’s as easy as spooning a cheesy mixture into a casserole dish and then baking it. Oh, almost forgot; you will need potatoes. Let’s look at those next.
THE TYPE OF POTATOES
Although you probably could peel and cube about eight big Russet potatoes, why bother? This recipe delivers on the promise of easy, so all you need is one bag of frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed out in advance. Potatoes are a good source of fibre, so if you’re looking at daily values, this dish wins.
CREAM SOUP AND SOUR CREAM
One of the hallmarks of this dish is its creaminess. Let’s hear it for the two ingredients that create this memorable texture: cream of mushroom soup and sour cream. Please note, we crafted the recipe as it was described to us, but it seems others have been busy experimenting with it. We’ve now learned that canned cream of chicken soup and cream of bacon soup both work too. We also heard that swapping half the sour cream with garlic chip dip is pretty tasty too. This is one of those recipes that invite experimentation, so have fun and make sure to share your version on your favourite socials. Tag #weekendatthecottage when you do, please.
TYPES OF CHEESE
The recipe calls for a quarter cup of Parmesan cheese plus two additional cups of other favourites like cheddar cheese, Gruyère and Swiss. If more than two cups of grated cheese make it into the dish, well what’s wrong with that? Similar to the experimentations for creaminess, feel free to play with the cheesiness. Having made the recipe with sharp cheddar cheese and a smoked gouda, I can assure you the recipe loves all types of cheese. Remember, cheese is high in protein and calcium too, which we love.
COMBINE THE INGREDIENTS
I often refer to recipes such as this as a one-bowl wonder, where we stir everything up in one bowl and spoon it into a baking dish. If this technique looks familiar, you may be remembering it from our MORNING GLORY MUFFINS or OMA’S APPLE CAKE. Funny how the easiest recipes often produce the biggest sums!
One comment about timing on this dish: feel free to mix everything together in the bowl, cover and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake. True to the concept, you can then finish this make-ahead casserole whenever. It holds really well until baked.
Finishing this baked casserole with some more cheese and a topping of Panko crumbs and melted butter is just the thing. Similar to our OLD-SCHOOL TUNA CASSEROLE, you can use Ritz crackers, cornflakes or crushed potato chips for the topping, but we think the Panko or even plain bread crumbs is the way to go. They have less sodium and toast up perfectly when baked.
When adding the buttered bread crumb mix to the top, try to distribute it in an even layer across the surface of the casserole. It will toast up to a lovely golden brown when baked, plus it gives the dish a really nice bit of crunch.
READY TO SERVE!
Yup, bringing the finished EASY CHEESY POTATO CASSEROLE RECIPE to the table always elicits the same enthusiastic response of, “Wow! Those potatoes look amazing!” People appreciate whenever we serve something oven-baked with a bubbly, cheesy crisp crumb-topped finish. Side note – they smell pretty wonderful too!